As a manufacturer of premium cycling shoes, it might be difficult to choose exactly what Sidi road shoe to get. After all, its top end models offer carbon soles and dial closures, so how different can they be? Good question. If you feel like emulating your favorite pro and have ultra-deep pockets, by all means, go for the Shots that come in at an eye-watering $550. For the rest of us with mortgages and wider than average size feet, we're better served with its Ergo 5 Mega Cycling Shoe that comes in at less than 4 Benjamins.
Compared to the outgoing Ergo 4, the 5 receives an all-new upper constructed from Sidi's Techpro, an eco-friendly synthetic leather that's durable, lightweight, and water resistant. What we like most about it is how it's secure enough to wrap around your foot comfortably offering stable pedaling yet it's supremely supple so it doesn't cause hotspots if feet swell or dials are cranked down. The 5 does continue in the Sidi Ergo tradition of mixed-media closures and instead of two Techno3 Push dials like we find on the Shot and Wire 2, the Ergo 5 mounts one up top and on the side of the forefoot in a more traditional position, while utilizing a hook-and-loop closure strap for forefoot retention. It does enjoy the same Soft Instep 4 strap that the higher-end models receive helping to reduce weight while offering up luxurious padding for riding comfort and at the rear of the shoe, its redesigned heel cup stabilizes the foot for efficient pedaling.
Sole duties are the same as the previous Ergo 4, using Sidi's Twelve Carbon composite sole which relies on a carbon reinforced nylon sole with a carbon weave plate stiffening it where needed. If you don't have your sights set on every sprint point, you likely won't notice the difference between it and the Vent Carbon on the Shot and Wire, however, the Ergo 5's composite sole goes a long way in providing better all-day comfort by taking the stiffness down a couple of rungs.
Perhaps the most enduring feature of the Ergo 5 Mega and all Sidi shoes for that matter is its legendary last, honed over decades of working with some of the world's greatest cyclists. Very few shoes are more universally praised for their comfort than Sidi and that all starts with the last. As a mega version, this one is built for cyclist needing an EE or EEE width and its 4mm wider across the ball of the foot. This adds more volume and additional features include a higher instep and a wider heel cup.
The Ergo 5 Mega is available in Matte Black and White and Black in whole and half sizes between 42 to 47 and in a size 48.