I've ridden with SIDI shoes since the beginning of time, at least when I started riding. The cleat was recommended to me by an avid cyclist 40 years ago. I've owned a couple of pairs of SIDIs. The last S-Pro (I believe that's the name, and I've used it for 10 years, and they still look new). Fast forward, last year, I decided to change things up and go with a lace-up version cleat. My mistake, as the shoe cleat plate, dislodged twice from the plate. I replaced them with the Genius 10 and couldn't be happier. The techno-3 system perfectly adjusts to the right fit. The shoe is perfect, and glad I returned to the SIDI brand. Adjusting the shoe during a ride is challenging. It's better to adjust a stoplight/sign.
The shoes work well as I do a lot of exploration that frequently involves walking, scrambling etc. on a variety of terrain. They are of always good Sidi quality and fit, and, have design features that are not in their more race oriented shoes, for example a toe cap that resists wear. I have had problems with other shoes that the toes wear through before the rest of the shoe. My only criticism of the shoe is that the winder that tightens the laces is very prone to dust infiltration. Once in a while it is nessesary to blow the doodad out with an air hose and lubricate it with a touch of silicone. So,,,, so far so good!
This is my third pair of Genius road shoes. The fit is good and I like the new techno fasteners, though tightening them on the fly is not as easy as my Genius 7 shoes. Also, I am glad to read some other reviews regarding sizing. Like several others, I found I needed to go a half-size down to get the correct fit. In this regard, I would like say thanks to Bike Tires Direct for being patient with me while trying to test the fit between a size 45 and 44.5.
First time using Sidi shoes. Came from a pair of 1997 Specialized Velcro w/ laces that actually still worked but I figured it was time. Did use Pearl Izumi high end pro MTB shoes for a season but the boa broke and they could not replace. Went with these in the gray version. Two items of note after 500 miles of hybrid/mountain...
The comfort with the standard insoles is lacking. I ponied up the extra $25 for the comfort inserts which makes them much better. Why not just make them comfortable out of the gate?
The boa comes loose for me whether I'm hybrid or mountain. Having to flip up the lever to tighten means I usually have to get off the bike.