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Diadora Vortex Pro cycling shoes are here!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 by  
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In last Thursday’s blog I wrote that I was in the market for a new pair of cycling shoes. Over the past 2 years I’ve put about 25,000 miles on my SIDI Genius 5 shoes; while I’m generally pleased with the SIDIs, they are a little too narrow for my wide feet, and I also suffer from hot spots (big toes) on long rides. Another issue with that particular model of SIDI is the closure system: the Velcro straps no longer hold securely, and the top ratcheting buckles are prone to rusting and sticking.

The hot spot issue is the most serious problem, as it’s extremely painful. Usually after about 70 or 75 miles (and even earlier if it’s very hot), it feels as if someone is holding a match under my big toe.

I looked at a lot of different shoes, and eventually decided to go with the Diadora Vortex Pro. The Vortex Pro is the cycling shoe of choice for professional racing team Movistar and, a little closer to home, comes highly recommended by my friend Hector.

I received my shoes yesterday (a birthday present–thanks, Lisa!), and snapped a few photographs before installing the cleats (click to enlarge):

Diadora Vortex Pro in White/Red/Back

Diadora Vortex Pro in White/Red/Back

Diadora Vortex Pro - Boa closure system

Diadora Vortex Pro – Boa closure system

Diadora Vortex Pro - Carbon Fiber sole, Net Breathing System

Diadora Vortex Pro – Carbon Fiber sole, Net Breathing System


With ample ventilation holes, the Vortex Pros appear to be very well ventilated, and the Net Breathing System on the bottom of the shoe should help keep my feet even cooler.

I ordered size 45 (I wear 10.5 US), and the Vortex Pro seems to fit true to size. The Vortex Pro toe box feels slightly more roomy than the SIDI Genius 5 (also size 45) and, perhaps, just a little wider (SIDIs tend to run narrow).

The boa closure system is extremely easy to use, very adjustable and feels solid/well-constructed. No more Velcro and ratcheting buckles!

I’ll also enjoy a 122 gram rotational weight savings with the Vortex Pros. My SIDI Genius 5 shoes weigh 353 grams each (size 45), while the Diadora Vortex Pro comes in at a much more svelte 292 grams (size 45).

The SIDI Genius 5 is marketed as “Pro Carbon”, which is misleading: the sole is actually a carbon composite, and it’s certainly not SIDI’s pro shoe. The Diadora Vortex Pro is, in fact, a professional racing shoe, and it sports a true 3k full carbon fiber sole.

I’ll be taking my first ride with the Diadora Vortex Pro this morning, and I’m looking forward to it.

I’ll follow-up in a couple weeks with a 500-600 mile report.

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