Let’s pause here for a second and talk about cycling shoe fit. The cyclist has three contact points: the hands, rear and feet. The serious cyclist will experience pain at one point or another and it is a sign of bad equipment or bad fit or bad posture. The shoe is the cause of much pain as it experiences the most pressure of all the contact points. So the proper shoe and the proper fit is critical. Often, when a cyclist experiences pain they:
- stop riding or ride less
- give up on the shoe
- spend more money on a custom shoe.
The Sidi edict is a little different. They say, that if you experience pain with Sidi shoes or another brand, you are probably using the wrong size. That’s why the Sidi Dominator line has over 80 sizes to find the proper fit for you. Wide, narrow, women’s… they are confident that they can fit you. Another issue to be aware of is most people have feet that are sized differently. They recommend that you get the shoe that matches your larger foot. And if your feet as just several sizes apart, they’ll make you a deal and break up a pair for you at cost so you can go home with mismatched shoes to match your feet without breaking the bank.
I’ve had about 20 rides on these shoes and they’ve been a revelation. The shoes fit me perfectly and power transfer feels direct and responsive. I always thought I needed wider shoes since I always experience pain at the top of my feet. It turns out that my feet are normal but I’ve been overtightightening my upper straps to get a good fit with other shoes.
The Dragon 3 solution is their adjustable heel retention system. It is a device on the heel of the shoe that tightens the heel to fit your foot. There’s two screws to tighten each side. It’s a foreign concept initially but once you slip in and fit it properly then it makes sense. My shoe stays with my foot as I lift up even before I tighten my straps. What a concept! I get less heel movement and get a much more secure fit. The best part is I don’t have to tighten my three upper straps that much. I just tension them a little bit and I’m able to get great pedaling action without killing the circulation on the top of my feet. Sidi finds that many cyclists over tighten their straps just to compensate for a shoe that is not made well or doesn’t fit well.