First Look: Sidi Epic shoes

Sidi quality and fit with a trail friendly sole at a decent price

The new Sidi Epic shoes are all-day comfy and won't break the bank.

The new Sidi Epic shoes are all-day comfy and won’t break the bank.

Italian brand Sidi has been making sports footwear for 55 years and for 2015 they have several new models of both mountain bike and road cycling shoes. We recently received a pair of their all new Epic model for testing. The very first question we asked was, “Are you guys worried about trademark conflicts by naming this new model, the Epic?” The answer from Sidi’s North American distributor is that they haven’t heard of any problems yet and that they feel confident the shoe will “sell no matter what we call it.”

It’s actually been a while since I’ve had a pair of Sidis, but as soon as I slipped these on I instantly remembered the reason that Sidi’s are so popular. The fit is SUPER comfy and putting these on feels like putting on a pair of your favorite worn-in sneakers. The Epic is towards the “value” end of Sidi’s line with an MSRP of $199.99 (Sidi’s top-of-the-line MTB model sells for $500). The Epic comes in two colors (gray and black) and comes in whole sizes from 38 to 48.

The all new Sidi Epic comes in two colors: gray and black.

The all new Sidi Epic comes in two colors: gray and black.

The Epic are designed as a warm weather shoe and features Sidi’s own outdoor sole. The sole is not super stiff racer style carbon, the Epic sole is made from rubber so it has a bit of give to it. The shoe features laces with a single Velcro strap at the top. It has a heel loop for ease in getting it on and off. The external, reinforced heel cup provides a secure fit and feels good. We will be testing these in the weeks to come and will deliver a full review and rating. We have already experienced the great Sidi fit, we expect their tradition of quality and durability to continue.

Product Highlights
  • Sidi Heel Cup: Reinforced cup that stabilizes and supports the heel. Anatomically shaped plastic, reduces heel slip and provides increased power transfer. Provides additional foot protection in the event of a crash.
  • Outdoor Sole: The Outdoor rubber high performance sole has the correct density for variable trial conditions and has been designed to provide excellent grip and to easily expel mud and debris. 4-holes plate for SPD pedals.
  • Regular Width: Regular Width. Standard Men’s D width. Precise fit.

For more information about Sidi shoes that are available in the US, please visit their US Distributor

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.

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  • Chicken_Rider says:

    Any idea how these compare to the Pearl Azumi X-Alps? They look the same.

  • Brennon says:

    Can I go bowling in these too?

  • MJ says:

    Great. Another trail shoe made to scramble through the muck and mire – with mesh.

  • FireLikeIYa says:

    These are on my wish list. Lace up cycling shoes are the way to go for fit and durability.

  • justwanna ride says:

    Νο experience on this model, but my 7 year old Sidi Giau’s don’t show any significant wear. Only normal scratches and scrapes, and I ride very rocky terrain.

    If you consider how long they last, sidi shoes are actually great vfm… not to mention the excellent fit.

    As far as looks go this model admittedly bears similarity to cheap 90’s hiking shoes…

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