Sidi Announces New Gravity-Focused Dimaro Shoe

Jul 27, 2019
by Sarah Moore  


The iconic Italian shoe brand known for high-end XC, road, and triathlon shoes is entering the gravity market with the Dimaro clipless shoe. The Dimaro uses a Vibram Megagrip sole.


PRESS RELEASE: Sidi

A new model for enduro and downhill specialists born from a collaboration with sole manufacturer Vibram. Performing during any race, comfortable when walking, great grip on the pedal, the Dimaro!


SOLE:

The rubber Vibram Megagrip sole is stiff and smooth, features that create a perfect balance between stability and flexibility. The sole has an excellent grip on wet and dry surfaces. The smooth rubber softens impacts and allows riders to maintain grip with the pedals without creating friction with them. In this way, the foot can be easily detached from the pedal and can lean on the ground without obstructing the performance. The sole can be adapted to different pedals with cleats. The midsole is made of EVA material.




CLOSURE SYSTEM:

The closure system allows a simple and fast fit, through the use of laces and hook-and-loop. The laces allow adjustment, while the hook-and-loop prevents the dust from entering, offers extra protection from debris, and keeps the laces locked in. The hook-and-loop is made of polyurethane and elastic mesh material.

HEEL: The heel is equipped with a collar made of elastic material that prevents dust and debris from entering.

CAP: The tip is protective and scratchproof, made of thermoplastic Polyurethane.

UPPER: The shoe is made of Polyurethane, the perforated upper allows ventilation.



The shoes will retail for $224.99 USD and will be available at North American dealers in September. More details here.


133 Comments

  • + 78
 Vans, get your act together and design / produce a new mountainbike shoe please...
  • + 24
 If they won't fall apart after 2 months sure ????
  • - 3
 @vid1998: Literally all of my longest lasting shoes have been Vans
  • + 19
 $224 you guys are funny. How is it my LBS has 5.10's way cheaper than anything online. Just picked up a pair $50 cheaper than anywhere. I guess it's back to LBS, screw online.
  • + 10
 @trailquestbike: LOL you need access to better shoes.
  • + 5
 @jorgeposada: Isnt that the way it should be? Be happy, support that community.
  • + 3
 @vid1998: Vans has a 6 month warranty, I ride brakeless bmx and kills shoes, they send new ones ????????
  • + 8
 rip vans gravel. hello etnies semenuk
  • + 1
 I still have a pair of the vans downhill clipless pedal shoe from the early 2000’s. I rarely ride clipless, but when I do I still use those vans.
  • + 1
 @mtbswindler: Indeed, a trend I've been waiting for a decade or 2.
  • + 6
 @vesania: and I have underwear older than most of the kids on here..
  • + 2
 @Beez177: Proud dirty underwear owners are beyond weird. Congrats on the airbiscuit miles.
  • + 2
 Any vans with the wafflecup sole shred. I hear there's a high top version is the works...
  • + 1
 I believe what you're describing is just called a "shoe".
  • + 1
 @53119: the nice thing about the etnies semenuk is they turn you into an instant diva, no training necessary
  • + 1
 @jorgeposada: They're a loss leader.
  • + 28
 224.99 dollars...gotta love the Italians!? Haha
  • + 3
 Toe box/sole is not even stiched on either!
  • + 2
 But what you get is traditional cleat position and retention system. Laces worked for Lino Lacedelli when climbing K2 in 1954 why not use them on clipless shoes.
  • + 9
 They sure make a point on that Megagrip soles on a shoe that is not meant for flat pedals.
  • + 2
 Every pair of Sidi shoes i have had the sole either delaminate or lugs come off... Sidi’s guarantee 1 year. Again 1 year for a $224.99 pair of shoes that should cost $125.,
  • + 7
 @endurocat: i need megagrip on my shoe to match my nukeproof mega and GG megatrail.
  • + 3
 "That's a really good looking shoe! where's the stitching? wait, the soles are glued on?... for $225!?"
  • + 4
 @savagelake: you’re not wrong
  • + 4
 Yeah there is no reason these should be $225, unless they are being made in Italy. Over in GOOD factories in Asia (same ones that do 5.10, Salomon, Nike, etc) these should cost around $140-$180. Depending on the quality of that synthetic leather and what the shank material is.

Also that "collar" that is suppose to keep out debris aint going do anything. The pattern doesn't hug the ankle and comes down to the same height as the tongue.

@WAKIdesigns: Yeah also leather boots and waxed canvas was all the rage for mountaineering back then too. But you're not going to find either of those on K2 or any 8000m peaks anymore.
  • + 3
 @GuerrillaGravity: nope. and i actually have both of those! the MT is my fav, tho.
  • + 2
 @Stinky-Dee: I've used exclusively Sidi Dominators (megas)for a long time. They're not great for walking, but I don't ride to walk. I'm on my second pair in 20 years...and the new pair is only 5 years old. They're good damned shoes. I use the Dominator Megas since I have wide feet and they're comfortable as can be.
  • + 17
 Yes they are expensive. But each pair of Sidis I've had has lasted around 8 years. And that seems to be consistent most people's experiences. Compare that to the average pair of mtb shoes which seem to last a season, maybe two.

But the big question is: will they come in a Mega wide version?
  • + 3
 @Hanzblx
Those long lasting shoes you are talking about are made in Italy.
By partnering with Vibram , it only means that they will be made probably in Asia.
That's not very honest coming from such a legendary brand.
  • - 2
 I've owned two pairs: Dominator in the late 90s and a high-end carbon road about five years ago. The Dominator lasted less than a year. The synthetic leather ripped any time the shoe brushed up against anything, the entire shoe stretched out a few sizes when wet to the point they slipped off if I didn't ratchet them up once in a while, and the sole flexed like running shoes. They're the reason I went back to flats. They may have improved, but I'm not willing to try another Sidi mtb shoe.

I found the road shoes a little less stretchy in the wet, but still annoying. Even worse imo is that they didn't include different insoles for a better fit, like some other brands. They seemed comfortable out of the box, but found my feet getting sore after a while because of the lack of arch support.
  • + 2
 @mookmeister: I have two pairs of the same shoes from early 2000's and I cannot say enough good things about them. I have used them for everything from 24 hour racing to La Ruta De Conquistadors to enduro to cyclocross to snow rides to commuting and I finally just purchased one replacement(sidi Drako) as a crash finally ripped the toe area. Both pars have slices and scratches everywhere but have remained solid. I agree that they soften up in the rain but just ratcheted them an extra click and all good.

Agreed on the insoles. I have a selection of insoles that I use for different types of riding. But I do that for many of my shoes anyway so I have not been bothered and assumed it was my feet.

I have worn through two pairs of Time Carbon road shoes and onto my third since 2010 and I do about 1/4 of my riding on the road. So in comparison the Sidi's have survived a lot and have been well worth the money spent.

So thinking that the newer model must have been made much more durable(perhaps to fix similar wear issues as yours). Sorry you had such a bad experience.

As a final note, I have a pair of Sidi Motorcycle road racing boots that are about 35 years old that I crashed my brains out in during my racing career and they look beat up but still going strong and comfy.
  • + 1
 @mookmeister: wrote them off forever based on one experience from 20 years ago.....
  • + 2
 @endurocat: Just because they are using Vibram doesn't necessarily mean they are going to be made in Asia. Vibram has sole factories in Europe, Asia, and America. BUT because of the nature of the construction/ style of those shoes, probably still going to end up in Asia. Could still be Europe, but European shoe manufacturing is pretty much only high end stuff. High end dress shoes, high end climbing/ mountaineering, high end cycling. What really boils down to a skate shoe with a shank isn't really in the wheelhouse of the Italians.
  • + 2
 These look cool and I used Sidis for years especially in my XC years and loved them. But, the thing I want in a gravity shoe is a farther back cleat position. Since they make no mention of it in the copy, I figure it’s in the same place as other Sidis. Giro is one of the few that have figured this out. Give me a clipless shoe that lets me ride mid soles like my flats for descents. Even my xc shoes have the cleats slammed back.
  • + 1
 @mookmeister:
I have had the opposite experience as the Mook with my old Dominator shoes. They have lasted me forever and had only replaced them (they are still on standby duty) with a pair of Dragons as I was afraid they might fail midseason and leave me without...
To be honest I still prefer the Dominators.
  • + 1
 @whambat: Yup, even the newest Shimano AM45 has a really long channel for the coolest to slide way back. Love it
  • + 1
 @bizutch: good to know. My 5-10 Kestrels aren’t bad, but could go back further.
  • + 1
 @whambat: Not coolest...cleat. Cleat to slide way back...
  • + 15
 Can anyone name a shoe that no one has bitched about?
  • - 5
flag Kramz (Jul 27, 2019 at 2:31) (Below Threshold)
 These are my retirement shoes when I'm 55. Until then I'll probably need a mountain bike shoe.
  • + 7
 hello, dolce gabanna
  • + 3
 sidis.
  • + 8
 Mavic crossmax
  • + 1
 @blitz66: Crossmax are proper floppy.
  • + 3
 @carlitouk: I think I meant the alpine xls but fair enough, they work great for dh/enduro stuff and hike pretty well!
  • + 3
 Christian Louboutin...
  • + 1
 Vans classics.
  • + 3
 Giro Chamber II
  • + 4
 Espadrilles Smile
  • - 6
flag TobiHubschi (Jul 27, 2019 at 7:33) (Below Threshold)
 Five tens?????
  • + 3
 Teva, 3 season now and still going strong.
  • + 1
 vans
  • + 1
 @Jrsnot: minus the fruity teal color, those were a good attempt, too bad the name brand was too lame for MTB market to keep it in business.
  • + 1
 Pit-Viper!! They work as shoes too~
  • + 2
 Clipless Birkenstock!!!!
  • + 1
 Northwave. I have 3 pair. Zero issues with fit, naturally a bit wide, no mechanical issues with adjusters, Rebel SBS? (ratchet type) 7-8 years, tons of wear but still comfortable. No issues with the Explorer GPX either, about 4 years. Sidi's just don't fit right, so I have never bought them.
  • + 2
 @Jrsnot: I had two pairs of te vas and they both lasted crazy long. Wish I could still get them.
  • + 1
 @robito: I'll second that. I had a pair of those all red Tevas. They were not as grippy as any 5.10 or the new Shimano gravity flats, but damn did they hold up. I still kept them in my shoe rack as a backup, even after 2 years of use. Solid shoe.
  • + 1
 @matttauszik: Yep, Sidis.
  • + 1
 The original Shimano AM45. Most of us still have a functional pair
  • + 1
 @Jrsnot: I have Pinners I wore almost every day for 3 years, and the Links I used for 2 years.
The Links are better to ride in but the Pinner has lasted FOREVER.
My 5.10 Impacts I glued back together twice so far.
  • + 9
 Am I the only one who feels like traditional clipless pedal shoes have way better off-bike traction than skateboard style soles? My old shimano shoes had deep rubber lugs that gave great traction on steep, loose hills of redwood loam and in mud, and fine traction everywhere else. Not so much for flat soled 5.10s.
  • + 4
 yeah, i think shoes for flat pedals should have some lugs at the toe and heel for pushing a bike back up a steep section for sessioning.
  • + 1
 @Ron-C: adidas Terrex Trailcross are the shoes for you then. Stealth rubber soles too.
  • + 1
 @riderseventy7: thanks for the tip, they look cool, may be my next shoe.
  • + 4
 I bought a used pair of sidi xc shoes a decade ago, and they are still going strong. I've taken them to the cobbler once to get the velcro replaced. If the Dimaro is in the same ballpark of longevity, I think it's worth the money. We'll see how the Polyurethane upper holds up though.
  • + 4
 Great looking shoe, all this shit about expense - try a pair. There's four contact points on your bike, this is two of them. Seriously with the dentist comment - what did you pay for your bike? This is one of the best looking mountain shoes I've seen and I'm confident with Sidi's quality they won't disappoint. Agreed, on average a pair of Sidi's have lasted 4 to 6 years and the fit is amazing. But like everything this subjective.
  • + 6
 5 points, think you forgot the ass meat.
  • + 2
 Amen!
  • + 2
 I’m with you on this one! Great looking shoe!
  • + 1
 @rocky-mtn-gman: not if u r enduroing like a true bro
  • + 1
 @rocky-mtn-gman: what, you don't stand up and pedal everywhere? Are you weak sauce like me?!
  • + 6
 Still got my sidi spd dh shoes that looked like crossboots-love the old times
  • + 3
 Sidi Avalanches! DH Zone in Seattle had these in stock in the early 00's and I remember someone wearing them at the Snoqualmie DH series. - www.flickr.com/photos/rainorshinecycles/13905312137
  • + 1
 @MmmBones: mine are way more scuffed as i actually rode them in training on several dh races ( mostly as a meme since i got them for 40€, but also because they were not worse than my 661 filter i usually raced). They have a special place in my bikecave.
  • + 2
 Hopefully they offer the wide version like some of their clipless. I kills me that FiveTen, Ride Concepts, 2FO, Shimano don't have different widths. What's even more mind boggling is many manufacturers make different widths for road shoes, but not platforms.
  • + 1
 Though not a true “flat” type shoe, Giro does make their redesigned terraduro in a wide model. Unfortunately didn’t get them as I went with chamber II’s but I have heard good reviews on them.

www.giro.com/p/terraduro-hv-mountain-bike-shoes
  • + 1
 @Boyerjay Ride Concepts are pretty generous/wide, and the new 510s are also pretty generous as well. Spez shoes have always been narrow but I think their sworks shoe is available in a wide. And Shimano also offers some models in wide, but if you try their new ME5/7s or AM7s you'll find they are fairly roomy. But yeah, if you're a 4E then less options.
  • + 1
 My 2008 Sidi's are in need of new velcro, the sole is pretty worn too, but otherwise still intact. Not one stitch has come off and the glued parts will probably last forever. They are indeed made in Italy and in the long term they are excellent vfm. Together with shimano M520 pedals they are the most durable mtb products I've owned.
  • + 1
 There’s a lot of great stuff going on here in my opinion!!! Lets see how well they stick to flats and go from there...
c’mon adidas..I know you can do it! Slap a fiveten sole on this shoe and it would be a game changer for me at least!!
225$...? Pfff! I’ll pay more than that to get the right shoe any day!
I paid 300$ ? In 1993 for the SIDI GENIUS model II....
...get what you pay for sometimes...
  • + 1
 $200 seems about par for the course if you compare the top models by Shimano, 510, Giro, PI. You might even say they are in the middle of bike shoe price range. So not sure why everyone is concerned about the price. If they fit well and last a few years $225 is a worthy investment.
  • + 4
 Decent looking shoe , be nice if they did a FLATS!!! version,
  • + 1
 I have some Dragon 3s from 2012. Great shoe for the most part. The main issue is the tread...or lack of it. Zero grip when i get off the bike, its scary! But the rest of shoe is really nice and i am pleased.
  • + 2
 Have an entry level pair of Sidi's and they're the bomb, should they make a more trail focused shoe, I'll be the first in line...
  • + 1
 Try again, Sidi.

Is the collar a fashion statement, because you did it wrong?

How is that sole going to walk up or down anything loose?
  • + 3
 $225 hahahahahahahaha hahaha.
  • + 1
 Well, at least there's a shoe from an actual bike brand-- rather than indoor rappelling brand/ mall brand/ skate brand. Blech..
  • + 3
 You mean like the brand you rep in your bio? lol
  • + 1
 @NorCalNomad: I meant it as a compliment to SIDI. And that I personally am NOT stoked on the next mall brand, fishing brand or climbing company trying to make a bike shoe just because it's the cool thing do do now. Vans already had pro bike shoes -- Foster Bros. -- when it was cool to do so. And Vans already labeled their poor-selling hi-tops as "BMX Hi shoes" when they couldn't sell them, and relabeled them a few years back into "skate Hi" when they became fashionable again. History, history, history.....
  • + 1
 SIDI is "ALWAYS" overpriced. How is this different from a well known 5 Ten gravity shoes and other manufacturers like Giro, Afton Shoes and Ride Concepts?
  • + 2
 Hey Sidi - I just wanted to welcome you to the show. If you want to poke around and acquaint yourself, please do.
  • + 3
 Shimano AM9 ...repackaged with higher price
  • + 2
 Doh! Wish it had the heal Boa closure. Works amazing in their other shoes for a snug fit.
  • + 3
 if only five ten/adidas had a sole cover when not using spd cleats.
  • + 3
 My old Hellcats do.
  • + 1
 Yes, totally! I’ve made my own with poor results.
And whenever I see a mint pair of clipless shoes I wish they would add ‘flat-pedal-ability’ to the review criteria!! Some fivetens look like good candidates but how would you find out?
  • + 2
 I’ll wait for teva to come back.
  • + 2
 The Unparalleled Dust Up should fit really close to the old Teva mtb shoes cause it has the exact same same midsole/ outsole and therefor same last, even built by the same people.
  • + 2
 How can a shoe cost so little???
  • + 2
 "Gravity focused" phew,lucky.
  • + 2
 That just means they are going to weigh as much as a walrus and be absurdly hot.
  • + 2
 Bring back the Nike Poobah.
  • + 1
 Damn that is reaching back a few years! The Poobas were great shoes in their day.
  • + 1
 Sweet! Forgot I had a pair of Ngubas! That takes me back.
  • + 2
 These are like the Armani of MTB shoes. Designer MTB shoes.
  • + 2
 Meh, I'll stick with shimano.
  • + 2
 how much dinero for the dimaros?
  • + 2
 Q: When will these shoes be available?
A: Dimaro.
  • + 1
 Was like "yay new shoe time!!!" then saw the price Frown
  • + 2
 BOSS diapers bro
  • + 1
 Almost spat out my breakfast when I saw the price.
  • + 1
 Much cheaper than Sidi disco slippers or Moto boots
  • + 1
 Why is this still the top story on PB?
  • + 0
 Could be the ugliest downhill shoe ever. For that reason alone I wouldn’t even try em!!
  • + 1
 lol...what a bargain...ffs
  • + 1
 ...looks like a wheel chock
  • + 1
 Another medical field inspired shoe! awesome.
  • + 0
 Overpriced under made crap
  • + 0
 Skate shoes on flats. Minimal cost, maximum fun.
  • + 1
 Going back on Osiris
  • + 0
 Dimaro, why not simaro
  • + 13
 Dimaro is an Italian mountain community , Simaro is guitarist from the Congo , could be the reason !
  • + 2
 Dimaro is a village 2-3 km from val di sole track
  • - 3
 Overpriced and very vanilla looking.
  • - 3
 Pro's .. they're black Cons... every things
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