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There is a baffling array of cycling shoes to choose from these days. How is a rider supposed to judge one shoe against another; are ‘stiffness factor’ ratings reliable? If every shoe uses a Boa how different could they be? If you want to skip the research and just go to the head of the class, you’ll find handmade in Italy SIDI shoes comfortably occupying the spot other shoes aspire to. But handmade in Italy is pricey, as in $550 for a pair of Chris Froome’s SIDI Shots.
Happily, SIDI is bringing an update to the Ergo4, the Ergo5 Carbon, to our shores for less. It packs much of the Shot’s features into a handmade in Italy shoe for $399. We said it was less than the Shot, we never said it was cheap.
The all new upper uses Techpro: SIDI’s eco-friendly synthetic leather with a new heavily vented tongue for great breathability. It’s a unique material that provides a stable hold on your foot while being supple enough to eliminate hotspots. Instead of two tongue mounted Techno3 Push dials like the Shot, the Ergo5 mounts them on the side of the forefoot in a more traditional position, and adds a Velcro strap to fine tune forefoot retention. A new SIDI Soft Instep 4 reduces weight while retaining generous padding for comfort, while a redesigned heel cup keeps your foot stable while further reducing weight.
Like the Ergo4 before it, the Ergo5 uses the Sidi Twelve Carbon composite sole – a carbon/nylon injected sole with a carbon weave plate stiffening it through the center. If you don’t quite have World Tour power, we’ve found the Sidi Twelve Carbon composite sole a very nice compromise between comfort and stiffness.
Most importantly, all of this comes with Sidi’s legendary last – the foot shape the shoe is created around. There is no shoe more universally praised for its comfort than SIDI and it starts with the last. If you suffer from hot-foot, and have not tried Sidi shoes, stop reading this and buy a pair now.
The all-new Ergo5 Carbon is available in mega widths, matte black, matte red/black, white or a special-order white and black.