Verdict from 2 experts and 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Almost all of Sidi Genius 10 reviews tell of the shoe's excellent comfort.
  • Plenty of cyclists say that this road cycling shoe has a good balance between stiffness and flex.
  • This pair impresses with its quality construction and materials, several owners say.
  • The Genius 10 is relatively lightweight, according to a number of users.
  • Some consumers love the shoe's classy look and feel.
  • It is durable, mention a couple of testers.

3 reasons not to buy

  • A couple of wearers claim that this shoe's dials aren't the easiest to manipulate.
  • This Sidi bike shoe is quite pricey, mention a few buyers.
  • A reviewer gripes about how the insole could be better.

Bottom line

The long-standing Genius shoe has undergone many changes over its stay in Sidi's road bike range. The new Sidi Genius 10 features a new sole and closure system compared to its predecessor. It possesses all the hallmarks of a classic Sidi pair, such as clean looks and excellent quality.

It may not be the lightest nor employ the most advanced features, but it is incredibly well-made, performs well on the bike, and maintains unrivaled durability.

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Good to know

Who is it for? The Sidi Genius 10 road cycling shoe is engineered for riders who plan on doing the following activities:

  • Training for competitions
  • Leisurely road rides
  • Tours

Adequately stiff soles. The Genius 10 employs the brand's Carbon Composite 20 Sole. It is made from nylon with injected carbon fiber for that light and stiff-enough soles. This mix yields essential power transfer without compromising comfort.

Replaceable heel pads. This pair features renewable Polyurethane heel pads for walkability. It also promotes longevity as traction can be refreshed, helping lengthen the shoe's lifespan.

Breathability. A vent pocket is provided for enhanced airflow and breathability.

The Sidi Genius 10 features a three-bolt cleat system that is compatible with the following road SPD-SL pedals: Shimano Ultegra 6800, Look Keo Blade 2 CR and Ritchey WCS Carbon Echelon.

Markings are provided in the cleat zone to aid in precise cleat positioning.

Eco-friendly and durable. The sturdy Microfiber Microtech upper is made from eco-friendly water-based materials. It yields durability and can withstand endless road sessions.

Lockdown. The Sidi Genius 10's retention system is composed of the brand's Tecno 3 system and Soft Instep 4 strap. The two Tecno 3 dials cinch the entire length of the shoe. It can be tightened in increments and completely loosened in one instant motion.

The Soft Instep 4 strap is a wide, anatomically shaped strap made of therm-formed EVA pad to distribute the pressure evenly over the instep area. The strap can be adjusted on both sides to achieve the optimal placement.

Prevents heel slip. This Sidi road cycling shoe features a reinforced heel that's designed to keep the foot in place. It also prevents the shoe from being deformed overtime.

The Sidi Genius 10 is the newest in the brand's ever-popular Genius range. This latest version updates the previous model's ratchet Velcro straps with Tecno 3 dials and Soft Instep 4 straps. Moreover, this pair now has a replaceable heel.

The components that are replaceable in the Sidi Genius 10 are the Tecno 3 system, Sot Instep 4 strap, and the heel pads.


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