My Sidi Crossfires bought six years ago copped huge amounts of abuse and were still functional (with intact original soles) when I retired them as a backup pair in 2018. But the replacement set have been steadily falling apart over just 18 months. I asked around and heaps of Sidi Crossfire users seem to be having similar issues. Their old boots were great but recent sets aren't what they used to be. One riding buddy had the entire bottom section of his brand new Crossfire fall off during the Sea to Sky race. Another said his last two pairs of Crossfires have been rubbish (the previous two were brilliant). A dealer told me his Sidi national distributor was shocked by the number of warranty claims and complaints in recent years. I emailed Sidi head office and two national distributors (UK and USA) with a list of questions about an apparent drop in quality but received no replies. Some think it's all linked to Sidi moving most of the manufacturing from Italy to the Romanian factory since around 2012. Other 'Italian' brands now made overseas? Alpinestar made in Croatia Forma made in Romania TCX (formerly Oxtar) made in China Dainese made in Tunisia. Gaerne appears to be the only Italian brand still actually made in Italy. Some guys are having a good run with their Crossfires but there seem to be a lot who aren't. From what I can see much of it is linked to soles falling off prematurely, especially the SRS models... although the TA stitched soles do appear to have issues too. My concern is that the Sidi Crossfire is a premium-priced boot but that since the move to Romanian manufacture the quality does not appear to be at a premium level anymore. Contrast this with Gaerne boots which are still manufactured in Italy and appear to have remained at a premium quality level, judging by the lack of online complaints and numerous positive user reviews. If you are using Sidi Crossfires how are they working out for you? NOTE Occasionally there are scams for selling Sidi Crossfires from China but from what I can't find anyone who has actually ever received any. Very interested to know if it's ever happened though. There HAVE been Chinese copies of Sidi's adventure and road boots on Ebay occasionally but they clearly indicate they are being sold from China apparently.