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Meet Sidi’s New Top Shoe: The Shot 2

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There’s a new shoe at the top of the Sidi road shoe range. Say hello to the Shot 2, which updates the original Shot, bringing new levels of comfort and breathability to the venerable Italian shoe brand. But be warned up front, these shoes also boast the brand’s steepest price tag at $550. So what does that kind of money buy?

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The Shot 2 features Sidi’s Tecno-3 Push Flex closure system, which moves the closure system to the tongue of the shoe with a central flexing system. This minimizes the pressure points that other dial closure systems can create. Two dials secure the foot. But there’s a further retention system beyond what most shoes have. The Adjustable Heel Retention Device on the back of the shoe lets you tighten the top half of the heel securely around the foot, ensuring no slippage during max wattage efforts. And each side of the heel has independent adjustability for dialing the fit precisely. The heel cup has also been completely redesigned to be lighter and stronger, holding up to big efforts without deforming. As a plus, the heel retention device includes reflectors for added visibility.

The upper is made from Microfibre TechPro, and is hit with an antibacterial and hydro treatment. Mesh material provides breathability, regulating temperature inside the shoe. On the underside of the shoe, the C-Boost SRS Sole provides an even stiffer ride than before, compared to the already stiff sole in the original Shot. SRS stands for “Sole Replacement System,” a system of replaceable nylon and TPU inserts that protect the carbon in areas most likely to get damaged from walking around. Ventilation holes built in around the inserts promote more airflow throughout the shoe. There is also 5mm of additional cleat adjustability on the new sole to better dial in fit.

Like other Sidi shoes, replaceable parts abound on the Shot 2, in addition to the nylon and TPU sole inserts. While this might make the shoes a touch heavier than those of other high end competitors, the ability to replace parts that see a lot of wear or are susceptible to breaking in a crash is a welcome feature, especially for shoes north of $500.

$550; 3 colors; sizes 40-48, half-sizes (40.5-46.5); ciclista-america.com