Genius by name, genius by nature. The Sidi Genius 7 Fit Mega is the latest iteration of the popular Genius shoe for road riders with wider feet. The Genius 7 Mega is an ideal option if you’re looking for a comfortable, high quality wider fit shoe which will see you through several seasons (Sidi shoes are renowned for their longevity).
A longstanding member of the Sidi shoe family, the Genius has changed little since its last iteration (the Genius 5), an indication of the quality of the design - Sidi has had several years to fine tune the Genius and it seems it has reached a stage where there is little more than can be done to improve it. The sole has been updated from the Millennium 4 to the Millennium 5, and visually the shoes have changed a little, but other than that it’s hard to tell the difference between the Genius 7 and the Genius 5.
So what do you get with a Sidi Genius Mega shoe? We’ve already mentioned the durability of the Genius - the build quality of the shoe is great, the little details that contribute to this include the hardy yet supple microfibre upper which will not misshape over time, as well as the reinforced heel (which as well as making the shoes last longer also keeps your foot aligned in the shoe). Many of the parts that are more likely to wear over time (the padded instep closure system, calliper buckles and heel pads) are replaceable - so even if a small part of the shoes does give up the ghost, you can keep the shoes going.
The fit system is simple, easy to adjust, secure and supremely comfortable. Sidi’s Soft Instep Closure System is a key part of this - the upper strap of the shoe can be adjusted from both sides to align it to your individual foot shape and instep height, and this part of the shoe is highly padded to ensure no digging in occurs. The calliper buckle at the instep is quick and easy to adjust even in the middle of a ride. The two lower straps on the shoe use ‘high security velcro’ which incorporates locking polymer teeth, so once the straps are secured in place, they aren’t going to budge.
The shoes have a stiff carbon fibre injected nylon sole and are well marked up to make it easy to set your cleats up correctly. All in all a great shoe for the wider footed rider!