November 10, 2022
A full review of Sidi’s Shot 2 premium road shoes
If you’ve attended a professional cycle race in the past 40 years, you’ve no doubt (inadvertently or not) caught your eye on a pair of Sidi cycling shoes. Similarly, if you watched Eurosport in the early 2010s, you would have seen Ivan Basso preparing a Sidi shoe for his compatriot Vincenzo Nibali in almost every television commercial break during Tour de France coverage.
While Sidi’s ubiquity in the pro peloton may have waned slightly, she still claims to retain the same values and passion for her craft as when she started making shoes in Italy 60 years ago.
Over the years of testing the cycling kit, I somehow failed to cross paths with Sidi, so my test of the Sidi Shot 2 shoes (RRP £395) came into it with very few preconceptions. This is the latest edition to Sidi’s premium road shoe, built with a microfiber fabric upper on a carbon “C-Boost SRS” sole. The shoes are snug with two Tecno-3 Push Flex dials mounted on the tongue as well as a heel retention unit on the back that can be adjusted to fit.
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The feel and look out of the box indicated a pure racing shoe, so I was intrigued as to how they would perform when used more like an everyday riding shoe.
The look of the Sidi Shot 2 is, well, very Sidi. While their functionality may share some similarities with other shoes, there’s no doubt that these retain the long-established aesthetic that the Italian brand has created. I particularly like the look of the white pair, which I can’t attest to is how I felt watching previous Sidi iterations. These aren’t overly branded, and the red and black hits in the middle of the white give them a fairly clean look.
Having mostly used shoes with various Boa closure systems or laces during my riding time, using the Tecno-3 Push Flex dials took some getting used to. To loosen the shoe, once you have pressed the red buttons to release the dials, you must tighten the buttons above the top dial and below the bottom dial and lift your foot. This really requires two hands and is therefore not as quick to release as some other closure systems. That being said, the dials clamped things down firmly and securely, and I never felt like they would come loose under heavy exertion. Combined with Velcro on the side of the tongue, the dials ensure the shoe stays locked in the way you set it when you first put it on. The main drawback of the Tecno-3 Push Flex dials, however, is the inability to loosen the shoe by turning the dials the other way. This would allow for better on-the-fly micro-adjustment, and it’s currently harder to loosen the shoe while riding. Having both dials in the center of the tongue is something I liked as I felt the pressure was distributed evenly. The tongue itself is padded, but the secure fit means it’s pressed firmly against your foot. I struggled with it on the first few rides, but I got used to it afterward.
The toe box is rather narrow, and while I haven’t particularly experienced issues with wrinkled toes, I can see why people with wide feet may avoid them. Sidi supplies half sizes, so there are certainly enough options available to find your ideal size.
Something I really liked about the fit and fit of the shoe was the heel, which is equipped with a retention tool to adapt them to you. With a simple turn of a screw, you can tighten them for a more secure fit or loosen them for more comfort. It’s a well-thought-out feature, and best of all, it’s a replaceable part (along with the dials), which gives these shoes extra life.
The sole also features replaceable parts, with the Shot 2 featuring Sidi’s sole replacement system. These removable inserts are present at the toe and heel of the shoes to add extra protection when walking, providing some longevity to these high-end carbon soles.
The sole itself is extremely stiff and you can immediately see why so many pros use these shoes given the power transfer they seem to provide. For those who may not be used to such stiff shoes, I can imagine they require a long period of adjustment, especially if you plan on doing long weekend hikes. I started off doing shorter rides in these shoes and didn’t feel any discomfort or hot spots, but it took my two long rides to really start to feel in tune with the Sidi Shot 2s, my right foot with pain towards the end of a 100 km ride.
If my racing days weren’t behind me, I could absolutely see them as a go-to shoe set for shorter races, or even on turbo for some Zwift races. The sole also has a generous number of vents so I never experienced these overheating on some unusually hot September days in the UK, but I would avoid them for winter hiking unless the vents are well covered.
The Sidi Shot 2 shoes are undoubtedly a pure running shoe. Coupled with the quality Italian construction, they feel as capable as anything I’ve ridden and an RRP of £375 is what you’d expect. It’s hard to imagine that these would suit everyone, especially anyone looking for a versatile shoe, and for some they might take some getting used to. Sidi has added some thoughtful touches to these shoes though, ensuring they last year after year.
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