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Sidi Nevada Road Shoes

*****

I like these shoes - in fact I like them a lot. I've been using them all year now, in all weathers and on all manner of rides. Yes, they're Sidi, so I should like them, but there's more to a shoe than simply a brand. Price is also key to cyclists out there with families and tight purse strings, and these shoes are marvellous value. Made by authorised contractors to Sidi's high specification and quality control, they bring this premium brand within the reach of us all. 

With a comfortable volume fit and a sturdy, stiff sole, they're good to go all day long, transferring that all important power directly where it's needed. 

The velcro fasteners make getting the shoe on and off an easy process, and the well padded moulded heel cup sits nicely around the back of the foot, holding it firmly in place and reducing the likelihood of any rubbing. I've not felt these shoes to pinch or rub at all, despite some gruelling rides in the Dales, and having a wide foot.  The supple microfibre upper allows the foot to breathe, reducing sweaty feet, and coupled with the quality leather in key places, the shoe remains durable, tough and good looking all year long. Cleaning for me has been an easy process of a wipe with a damp cloth. 

The stiff fibreglass reinforced sole is not unduly awkward for the short walks from bike to cafe / shop / pub, and holds the cleats firmly in place. Whilst the well padded interior and insole ensures that rider comfort is maximised all day long. Whether standing on the pedals to tackle the stiffest of climbs, or sprinting along the smooth, flat lanes of the Vale of York, these shoes do exactly as expected.

Priced normally at approximately £102, you can usually find them for significantly less. I know exactly how tricky it is to know what shoe to get, based on cost and use, but Sidi really have come up trumps with the Nevada, producing a clean cut shoe, in a simple white scheme, with supple touches of red setting it off, to make it a real bobby dazzler that goes with any kit - however wild the colours. It'll suit both the keen social rider and the wanabee Froome-dog. All I need now is a pipe to go with the feeling of wearing slippers.