SIDI Blade Riding Shoes
...a complimentary piece, not the main attraction...
Before I purchased these shoes I was typically riding in my service issued dessert boot, mostly because that was the only “over-the-ankle” foot protection I owned, I dawned on my trusty brown boots for my MSF course and never looked back. As time, taste, and income changed I began looking for something a little more roadworthy and stylish. I saw similar footwear on all of the cool moto-journalist I followed and took the plunge.
Out of the box I could tell these were the real McCoy. The outer construction was thick, the sole had grip, and the plastic was hard. In the frenzy to find some proper footwear I must have overlooked the fact that these secure via Velcro (not shoe strings, or clasps, nor zippers), no big deal, I threw them on and noticed they were a bit tight. Being a newb I went strictly off the sizing chart and ordered a 42 for my 8.5 wide US sized foot. I figured they would break in, threw away the box and rode away.
Being the first pair of legitimate riding shoes owned, I was blown away! The heel helped me stand tall and confidently at stops, the vents rushed in air to cool my dogs on hot summer days, I felt so much more protected in the event of a spill, the toe shift pad was heaven sent as my shifter was no longer digging into my big toe. Why I didn’t get proper footgear in the first place is beyond me. Eventually, the shoe did break in from length, but these still tire my feet from the side compression on lengthy rides or walking around for more than half an hour. The Velcro takes some getting used to and there is some play near the ankle from not being able to fully secure the top portion of the shoe with the hook-and-loop fastener. Also the shoe does a great job of scuffing up my chain guard with whatever that black coating is on heel.
I love these shoes; they look good under a pair of jeans and are my go-to footgear when I need to get on my bike and go. However, I feel they should have been a complimentary piece, not the main attraction. The vents make riding in the rain or even in some Midwest autumns impractical. The hard plastic toe scuff pad would do great to keep a slide, but can’t help feeling I would easily role my ankle or have my foot crushed under the bike from the lack of ankle protection. For the price, I could have paid a little extra and purchased a pair of real boots with some shin and weather protection required for a majority of my sport touring rides. These shoes make an excellent addition for short casual summer rides if you already have a set of boots for the rest of the year.
January 29, 2015
I really like the Italian style
I really recomend this boots, after riding for several hours you can wear them all day. And they look good with jeans.
May 19, 2014
Very effective for short or long rides on pavement
I was looking for a boot that is easy and quick to put on and had good toe and heal protection. I first bought a pair of Alpinestars Fastback WP boots. After trying them on and walking around the house it became clear that they would never be satisfactory for me. They were hard to put on and chafed my ankles. After talking to your helpful customer reps I returned them and chose the SIDI Blade boot. What a huge difference in every way. They were comfortable enough immediately and were even better after a few hours of wear. Also on my first all day ride in the east Tennessee mountains I had no discomfort and pavement grabbing was the best I ever had.
March 10, 2014
they are easy on.
a little large but added another insole and are better but a little lose around ankle.
good protection. very firm all around.
good to ride in, the heal is nice to have, the bottom is firm.
went to this from shoes, took a little while to get use to how to feel the shifter, the toe is very firm so you dont feel the shifter like in shoes but few rides it feels natural now with them on.
July 8, 2013
Good vented boot
These boots are very comfortable to walk in. I Almost want to keep wearing them when I get to work! I ordered a half size larger and put some insoles in them. (I wear 10.5). Sole is very grippy at the stop lights no sliding at all. Flow quite a bit of air very good for summer riding.
June 18, 2013
I love these shoes!! A little pricy, but they are a great fit, comfortable, and they are similar to the previous Sidi shoes I currently have without the toe sliders.
May 27, 2013
Very close to perfect
This is my first boot of this type, and I am very pleased so far. I have large, size 14 feet, and bad feet at that. So finding any shoe or boot that fits right and is comfortable is always a challenge for me. This boot seems to fit very well and comfortable too, with nice protection. I really like how they feel shifting and also putting feet down. I get a very positive feel in both cases and that's a nice feeling!
My only reservation is that I prefer a lace up boot as I like to feel a snugger fit around my ankles. But these velcro pretty snuggly and certainly do not slip around on my foot. So perhaps I just need to adjust mentally to this style.
Overall, I would highly recommend you give these a try. And PS, the Wife says they look great with jeans. :)
May 24, 2013
These boots are good.
These boots are good solid choice. The Velcro strap over-the-top is a bit weird to get used to if you are used to the "side zip" version but these are a good alternative to the full/tall racing boots for everyday riding. The fit is a bit narrow but the air flow through the boot is great. SIdi always makes boots.
May 20, 2013