This popular Italian shoe company has been around for nearly 50 years, and with that comes a lot of experience. It excites us that SIDI developed an aggressive, hike-able shoe. The SP15 takes a number of SIDI’s technologies and introduces them to the mountain bike world. Stay tuned for the full review later this summer. You can find these shoes at your local bike shop for $199.99. For more information, visit


  1. Hey Neil,
    What would you say is the stiffest hike a bike shoe out there? I have a specialized s-works trail that i love, but it’s not durable enough for long hike a bikes. I tried the pearl Izumi X-Alp launch II after your review, but I don’t find it stiff enough for serious efforts, though it hikes great. Anything in between?

  2. Try the Shimano m163 or the me7. I love mine. stiff enough for 30+ mile rides and hiking during that ride.

  3. For those considering this shoe – a piece of advice. DO NOT BUY THESE SHOES, THEY’RE ABSOLUTE GARBAGE. And the manufacturer doesn’t stand behind their warranty either.

    I bought a pair these recently, and after five rides of ~9 miles each, with very minimal scrambling, parts of the rubber tread were already disintegrating and falling off. I tried to get the $200 refunded under what should clearly be a defect/failure of the shoe, and Sidi’s distributor in the US refused to honor their warranty, claiming lamely it was ‘normal wear and tear’

    Even were these shoes not defective, they are not well-suited to avid all-mountain or XC riding in my opinion, lacking way too much lateral stiffness, and have only marginal stiffness in the forefoot. I found that the easily lose 30-40% of the pedaling efficiency I would have expected these to have, based on the description and Sidi’s normal shoe stiffness. The insole is thin chintz that doesn’t help isolate much pedal feel either, although pedal feel isn’t harsh and painful, but it’s enough to diminish energy levels.

    The uppers are very pliable and stretchy, with little to no water resistance, so they’re not great for any wet environments, as they sop up water like no tomorrow. Sidi’s BOA knockoff is decent for cinching the fit down on the shoe, but doesn’t feel as solid as the original tech, nor does the cable feel like it’s stainless steel wire as the BOA enclosure systems are, but some form of nylon/poly blend. I’d have rather they just used this cinch system the whole way down the shoe, since the Velcro strap seems to do little to lock the forefoot area snugly.

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