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The Genius shoe is among the old guard in the Sidi lineup, well revered for its fit and durability and the shoe continues to be one of its top sellers to this day. We love its reliability and good looks along with the ability to replace most of its hardware like the heel pad and buckle, making it a good investment. This particular version of the Genius 7 Air Carbon Cycling Shoe means its Microtech Microfiber upper gets a myriad of perforations, adding much needed ventilation to the venerable material on hot summer rides. The Genius Fits use Sidi's beloved ratcheting buckle for retention. Is "beloved" too strong of a word to describe fastening devices on cycling shoes' Maybe. But after tens or even hundreds of thousands of miles together, we suggest that the average cyclist's bond with Sidi's buckle system is more than simply utilitarian. With wire dials (originally a Sidi innovation in the early 80s) and laces enjoying a fashionable renaissance in the peloton, it's easy to lose sight of the fact that virtually any cyclist pedaling in anger during the past three decades relied almost exclusively on this buckle--or a buckle largely based on it--to fasten their cycling shoes. So "beloved"' Yeah, we're comfortable with it. Given the buckle's history, you're no doubt familiar with its micro-adjustment operation, which lets you vary strap pressure to nail the perfect fit, every time. The Soft Instep 2 Closure System evenly spreads the upward stroke pedaling forces across the top of your foot while also alleviating the discomfort of over-tightening. The mid- and forefoot fit is managed by a pair of standard Sidi hook-and-loop straps that feature an additional strip of polymer teeth to ensure secure locking that persists long after the hook-and-loop filaments have been blunted down to wilted, apparently useless shadows of their former selves. The before mentioned water-repellent and quick-drying Microtech uppers get a host of tiny air holes for maximum breathability and...

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