Optimum fit is maintained thanks to ‘high security’ velcro (ooh er!) and a reinforced heel cup which keeps the foot in an optimal position whilst riding.For any off-the-bike action the shoes feature a polyurethane heel pad and anti-slip toe insert, meaning you can place your cafe-stop order without worrying about falling flat on your face (and without having to look like you are playing Grandmother’s Footsteps with the cafe staff!).
The shoes are designed to be durable: both the heel pad and the instep closure system can be replaced, the microfibre upper repels dirt and can be easily wiped clean, and the sole features a cleat alignment scale and Look Memory Eyelet so that you can easily recreate your finely-tuned cleat location should you need to replace them.
Trying on and using a pair of Sidi Genius 5 Fit Carbon Vernice shoes, it’s clear a lot of thought has gone into creating a shoe which fulfils the rider’s needs in terms of comfort, performance and durability. The Sidi Genius 5 Fit Carbon Vernices are suitable for a range of road riding, from Sunday outings to club riding to sportives or audax riding.
One thing which Sidi do really well is their women’s specific shoe designs. Women typically have a more tapered foot shape than men, with narrower heels and less volume on the instep area. Rather than just shrink down the men’s model for women’s shoe sizes, Sidi use a women’s specific ‘last’ (an anatomical model of a foot used for designing shoes) and build their women’s shoes up from this.
The fit of the Vernices is highly adjustable, with a micro-adjustable caliper system and ‘soft instep closure system’ which allows adjustment from both sides. The shoe tightens evenly and can be adjusted effectively to fit a range of insteps. If you do wish to adjust the shoes whilst riding, the micro-adjustable caliper system can be tweaked from the saddle (as long as you are a good multi-tasker!).