To mark its 60th birthday, Sidi – manufacturer of some of the finest Italian disco slippers – has announced the Sidi Sixty shoe, which is claimed to be its “lightest ever performance shoe”, though no actual weight has so far been announced.
Available to purchase from January 2020, the shoe will cost £330.
It features a TechPro (a microfibre PU material) upper, an updated heel cup and a full 3k carbon sole. The Sixty also uses a proprietary, single dial closure system dubbed “Tecno-4” and a small velcro forefoot strap to adjust the fit.
The TechPro upper, described as “exquisite” by Sidi, is made in Italy. It’s said to be eco-friendly and also offers a “high level of water resistance along with an anti-mould treatment”, in the words of Sidi.
Sidi says this is combined with nylon mesh panels, that “aid breathability and creates an ideal microclimate inside the shoe, helping to keep your shoes fresh”.
The vents on the sole are also said to be adjustable, with the use of a screwdriver, to allow for more or less ventilation. Sidi says this feature makes the Sixty “perfect for four-season use”.
Sidi claims the Sixty already has a number of fans in the professional peloton, with multiple Grand Tour podium finisher, Rigoberto Urán, already using them in competition.
Egan Bernal, winner of the 2019 Tour de France, is also said to be a fan. He has apparently chosen a golden pair that appear to not be available to Joe Public, who will have to make do with black, blue, red or white.
A video that showcases some of the Sixty’s key features, with a suitably dramatic soundtrack and lighting style, has also been released.
Simon is a freelance writer and photographer, who has been riding bikes for fun since he was a kid, but took a deep dive into road racing, crits and time trialling culture whilst living in London in his twenties. As a man of very little talent, he always looks to tech to compensate and loves nothing more than finding a smart (preferably cheap) hack that others hadn’t thought of. His stable of bikes certainly isn’t the most extravagant, but they’re all customised to meet Simon’s particular tastes and kept fastidiously clean. His current No.1 bike is a 2009 Giant TCR Advanced SL, that he purchased second hand from a friend in London — he maintains that the 2019 TCR is basically the same bike, so why bother upgrading?