You had us at hello. When we spotted these at Eurobike, we simply had to have them on our shelves. Most of our staff consider these the ultimate Sidi road shoe and being European-only offerings, we special order these straight from Italy which means they are limited in size and availability.
The Sidi Wire buckle system will draw obvious comparison to the BOA closure system due to similar design features. However upon close inspection, you will find they are quite different. There are two independent buckle closure systems in the Wire design. The lower is the Techno 3 buckle. It offers closure and release to the instep and fore foot. Independently, the top buckle provides closure to the very top of the shoe with a Wire-style buckle and Sidi's Soft Instep closure flap. Two buckles that allow you to vary the diameter and pressure you want on and around your foot. The micro buckles Sidi uses are light, low-profile and durable.
The hand-laid sole is the stiffest carbon sole to date and has integrated vents and air channels for heat dissipation and improved comfort. The front of the sole has a replaceable walking pad that can be moved and adjusted to either cover the front vent or open the vent for more air flow inside of the shoe. The rear heel pad is a new lightweight design that is also replaceable.
The shoe upper is constructed from durable Lorica which is a synthesized leather-poly hybrid. It has the familiar Sidi Vernice sheen finish which adds durability and helps keep the shoe clean. The Vernice finish is hand-washable. The upper is completely perforated while the tongue has two screen vents for breathability. It is this complete perforation that elevates the shoe above all Sidi road shoes. The heel cup is molded for support and features Sidi's adjustable HSS Heel Security System for total heel lockdown.
If you are a Sidi fan like most of us here, this is the finest shoe they have ever produced. The Wire system is light, durable and offers the ultimate in micro adjusting and fine tuning the fit. The Vent sole is the lightest and stiffest ever produced by Sidi and now offers venting as well. If you have been waiting to purchase or upgrade your current Sidi shoe, this is a good time to do so.