I'm on my second pair of Sidi's and the first pair lasted 7 years and the current pair has developed problems after 2.5 years. From my perspective, quality is in decline.
The first sign was how, after just 12 months, the plastic coating across the insignias began to break up, peel, and fall off. Then the replaceable heels, which lasted 5 years on my first pair, also had to be replaced after 12 months. While these lapses in quality are minor, the real problem developed at the start of the third year, when the right shoe seemed to contract, and for the first time I started developing foot pain. I also noticed, around this time, that the tongues of both shoes started to deform, losing their shape, and stretching out.
I thought for sure I would get, say, 4 years out of my second pair. Now, they have become a problem after just 2. 5 years. FWIW, I see this generally across the bike accessory space-quality of everything is in decline, and durabilty has declined. There are exceptions Chrome bags are still bulletproof, for example.
Gonna have to take a big pause here, before buying a third pair of Sidis.
I've been wearing Sidi Genius shoes for many years now. The Sidi Genius 7 sole seems to be a bit stiffer and the leather heavier than the Genius 5 I was wearing. I like the sole stiffness and I wouldn't know that I was wearing new shoes accept for an initial bit of leather stiffness than disappears as the shoes are broken in (I've got 500 miles on them now and don't notice any difference). I prefer the clamping system on this shoe design. I'd probably still be wearing my old ones if I could find replacements for the Velcro straps. I expect to get a lot of miles out of these.
My old Sidi Genius 3s were still serviceable but getting a little scraped up after a few crashes. And the velcro closures straps over 7 years time get a little weaker at securing your middle foot area. So it was time to replace them. On the Genius 7 the uppers were a bright red that made the shoe more attractive. Thats not shown in the above picture. I've been riding with Sidis for 30 years and their shoe fit my feet better than any thing else I've tried. When you find a sale on them, you should give them a try.
I have been using the Sidi Genius 7 cycling shoe for many years including my winters in Florida and also during my time up north. If i manage to get 4 years out of them, or even more, with minor changes to the heel piece, then I consider myself lucky.
Im tall and I have big feet, size 15, normal width. I have a Morton's neuroma on my foot - thank you TOSRV ride. These shoes fit and do not die, not ever. Last pair lasted 14 years 20 k miles, you count the revolutions that adds up to.
I don't know of any shoe this size at this quality point. Thanks Sidi.
Who wouldnt want SIDI shoes? A shoemaker once laughed at my feet, said they werent within his abilities to fit. But the SIDIs fit. A four because I havent ridden in them yet. But my feet know.
Also, clearly high quality. Expensive for me, but glad I got them.
I had heard Sidis run narrow, and for years I bought other (some more expensive) shoes because the LBS in my area did not carry these so I could not try them on. Finally I got tired of the other shoes falling apart, or hurting, or making my feet numb or hot, so I decided to try these based on the recommendations from my fellow cyclists. Because of the perceived narrowness, I bought men's shoes. But they are not narrow. They are great shoes and feel wonderful, with nice details such as easy tightening and loosening without unclipping. They have a nice stiff sole and the toe box is roomy. The heel is actually a tiny bit loose - I probably could have bought women's. And as a bonus, they are in colors to match my Bike ).
Of course I have only ridden with Sidi road shoes for the last 20 years. I'm sure there are many quality road shoes out there but
I have found that wearing Sidi shoes is like a long happy marriage and I am not interested in another affair with my feet. These shoes get better with each generation. The Genius 5 Millennium 4 is simply outstanding. I am sure this pair will last me a long, long time as my past shoes did. Hate to give up my ancient Sidis...they've been such a loyal partner.
After a crash last year, needed new shoes, bike, helmet, gloves, pants, shirt, glasses, even bottles were broken. These shoes were the right color, size, look and feel, most of all, a solid shoe as I ride a good deal. My foot, leg, hip, shoulder, all hurt. These shoes fit to size I think. Hold me as other SIDI's have done. I do like that it is a bit softer then my crashed shoes, just a bit, I need that. All in all, a great shoes, well made, style, performance you will feel first time out. SIDI makes shoes that last, can take a beaten (car crash), hold up very well.
This is my second pair of Sidi shoes. After 10 yrs riding with my first pair I finally upgraded. Couldn't be happy. True to fit and very comfortable. Like wearing a pair of slippers. Will never buy any other brand shoes than Sidis.
I own four pairs of Sidi cycling shoes. I still have the first pair I bought probably over 15 years ago & they still work. The fit is the best, very comfortable. Italian design and workmanship is the best.