SIDI Apex Boots
Excellent protection in all day wear - needs some break-in
This is my third pair of Sidi boots, I keep buying them because the quality is superb. My first pair of Sidi boots were purchased in 2000 (Vertebra Race). I got a hole in them this year, and it was finally time to replace them.
I chose a lower boot this time (my first pair was a full race boot) and the newer boots have many great features. It has all of the protection (minus the tibia) of a full race boot - specifically heel, ankle and toes. I work in an OR where I see a lot of orthopedic surgery, and protecting my ankle and foot was the most important protection to me, a tib/fib fracture is easy to fix when compared to an ankle or foot! You definitely need this kind of protection in a boot, leather alone does nothing to protect your foot as a bike falls on it, or your foot slams into a sign or guard rail, or just from your foot hitting the ground at speed.
The boot feels almost slipper-like, perfectly fits my foot (I've got normal feet - no odd widths or anything), but until broken in, I'd get "hot spots" on my pinky-toes. Walking around in them for a couple of days was hard on the pinky toes, but the boots broke in and are good for all day riding and walking now.
I love the replaceable pads, the air vents, and the easy in-and-out. The zipper on my old pair lasted over 10 years, and I have no doubt this pair will as well.
Very comfortable, breatheable material, excellent protection and good looking. I highly recommend this boot!
June 26, 2014
Does the job
The look and protection is good, the vents are great while riding, but the boots are hot walking in. They also feel like your walking in a loose ski boot. It wants to hold your leg bent forward or back and so walking in them your leg shifts around uncomfortably. I feel like there is too much movement, but a size smaller would crush my toes. It's because there is no freedom to bend at the ankle. As someone who's used to laced up boots where my ankle is snug, but can bend this feels strange. I'm getting used to it with time and feel my feet are well protected while riding, they just aren't great for walking around in when off the bike.
June 18, 2014
The boots arrived on time and in good condition. I wear a size 46 with Nike, Reebok and Adidas sneakers, so I ordered a 46 and the fit was excellent. The styling is amazing and beautiful, a well designed pair of boots. The boots are a bit stiff but that's because they're still new. I removed the screws on the attachments applied a little loctite and put them back. They feel sturdy and I hope they last long.
May 24, 2014
Great looking boot with low-key flair
This boot appeals to me by providing a cheaper alternative to the sidi full size boot and less flashy for street riding. Whether you're wearing a riding suit or casual clothes, this fits the bill. I just wore it this past weekend (70 to 80 deg.) on and off the bike, it felt comfortable with the vents open. Although I did paired this boot with a coolmax powersocks and Dr. Scholls gel inserts (thus my reason to buy it 1/2 size up). It also gives me wiggle room to put on thicker socks in the winter. The boot fits well all around but has ample room below the shin. I solved this by wearing my ICON shin and knee guard. I love how easy it was to get in and out of these boots. Thus the down side is, no adjustability. I don't care what they say about the adjustable Velcro on top but I think it's only function was to close and protect the zipper. The only thing that I would change about these boots would be to waterproof it and add rear exit vents.
April 14, 2014
pretty sweet boots
They take some time to break in. Not too bad to walk around off the bike . I wouldn't walk far. I used the size chart , they fit perfect. They have a vent on the side that kinda works. You can feel the controls pretty good. Not a bad boot good pertection. Better than a speaker. They warm in cool weather. I ride a hypermotard work fine with that
April 7, 2014
SIDI makes great products like these boots
SIDI makes great products like these boots.
I wear these boots everyday.
They are super fast to put on thanks to the side zipper.
Once in it i feel more protected than my previous boots.
I recommend them for commuters or weekend riders.
March 31, 2014
Great low cut boot.
I was in the market for a everyday commuter boot and this hit the nail dead on the head. Good stylish boot with protection where I needed it. I wear a 14 in basketball shoes and 13-13.5 in running shoes so I ordered the 48. Upon first trying them on I was less than impressed with the fit. They were very flat and tall in dimensions so my foot moved too much in them. I was about to return them when I went back and skimmed through the reviews on here, and another poster mentioned putting soles in them. HUGE DIFFERENCE. This remedy took all the play out of the vertical moment and provided me with great arch support.
Now that they are broken in, I have no issues walking in them when running short errands. They don't stand out too obnoxiously and I have gotten several compliments on them off the bike.
Overall it's a great boot and I would suggest them to a friend.
February 18, 2014
Great everyday boots
I've been looking for a good low-cut boot for everyday riding, think commuting back and forth to work and the like. Having worn and used Sidi products in the past I was obviously drawn to this boot and decided to give it a go.
It's a little stiff out of the box but that's to be expected with this kind of a boot - and it loosens up a bit to accommodate you and your riding position pretty quick. I tend to wear a 10.5 - 11 in shoes so I decided to go with the 45 here and it feels a little loose, but not so much as to feel like it's going to come off or become a distraction. With the vents open I feel like I get plenty of air flow, so I think these will make me happy come summer.
As other users have mentioned, it's a bit stiff in the sole and slightly uncomfortable to walk around in, and while that's not really what they are made for, they do just fine in that regard.
In short : they may not offer the same level of protection as a full height boot but if you are looking for something a little less flash and aggressive for everyday use, these are a great choice.
February 10, 2014