Many in the cycling world see Sidi as a benchmark for quality against which other shoes are compared, and when you look at longstanding models from their cycling shoe range (like the Genius 7) it’s easy to see why. With a long history of innovation in cycling shoe tech (from the development of the first adjustable cleat plate in the 1970s), Sidi have kept ahead of the game with high quality, durable shoes which offer a great fit and efficient power transfer.
The Genius 7 is the latest version of the brand’s popular Genius shoe, and, to be honest, not a lot has changed since the Genius 5, other than an update to the design of the carbon composite sole. We think this is fair enough when you have a shoe design which already works exceptionally well for its intended purpose - if it ain’t broke, why fix it?
So, what is so great about the Genius 7? Well, first off, you’re getting the synonymous Sidi quality and longevity. Sidi make lots of spare parts for their shoes, a clear indication of how long a pair of Sidis is likely to last you - and it’s great that a worn heel pad or broken strap buckle need not mean you need to buy a whole new pair of shoes.
The fixing system is designed to be secure yet comfortable, with the effective Soft Instep Closure System providing a generous amount of strap adjustment at the crucial instep location, for a tailored and comfortable fit. This is then secured with a micrometric calliper buckle, which is designed in such a way that it’s easy to adjust the tightness of the shoe whilst on the go. This buckle closure is then supplemented with two ‘high security’ velcro straps, which will not shift once done up thanks to their locking polymer teeth design.
The shoes have a carbon fibre injected nylon sole for very efficient power transfer. Sidi uses a women-specific shoe last for the design of their shoes, ensuring the fit of the shoes is anatomically correct.