I wanted a trail shoe that was more robust sole than a gum sole yet offered stiffness of a cycle shoe. These fit the bill pretty well. So far it's been a bit of a learning process working with them on flat pedals, but the lesson is teaching me better overall pedal positioning ... with some shin scratches as negative reinforcement for mistakes.
Sidi Epic MTB Shoes
The SIDI MTB EPIC is an excellent shoe for non-serious MTB riding and non-serious road riding. (For those who are serious road or mountain riders, refer to SIDI's shoe line-up for each of these specific activities.). I've been using this model for about a year and the shoe is excellent for riding (Shimano cleat compatible shoes) and getting off the bike to walk lengthy distances on cement or pavement surfaces without the worry of wearing down the soles. As with all SIDI bicycling shoes, the materials and manufacturing are flawless. I also use a few other different SIDI mountain bike shoes (with the sole replacement system) but have to be cautious of walking on extremely hard surfaces as the sole lugs are designed for softer surfaces like gravel and dirt soil. This is not an issue with the EPIC shoe.
i have a pair of sidi's first 'srs' mtb shoes from 2000. i thought that was just what sidi's needed, a replaceable sole. but i came to realize that a sole that's as minuscule as sidi's are, simply doesn't perform. they have no traction in wet conditions, they're loud on hard flooring, and i find it far too easy to roll your heel. so the fact one can replace them is...irrelevant.
but now we have the sidi 'outdoor' sole, on a shoe with ye olde shoelaces. sure i like the micro ratcheting buckles, but it's a mechanism with moving parts that can fail. then you order another, you wait...in the meantime you're a cyclist without functioning footwear. if your laces fail, you get another lace, or paracord, or whatever is laying around, and then you ride...then and there.
and the sole is a true , full sized proper sole. i did remove the velcro strap. i cannot stand velcro. because it fails. cycling footwear needs to be tight, secure. given time, velcro cannot provide tight security. the velcro strap on this shoe is there for reasons i cant surmise. so i removed them, voila! a true shoe!