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Giro Empire Shoes

Old 11-05-17, 05:57 PM
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Giro Empire Shoes

I don't have any stake in Giro or anything cycling-related. (I could probably make some money by promising NOT to associated myself with specific cycling products.) But I want to share a good experience with this product.

I bought a pair of Giro Empire ACC on closeout (the limited edition gray and red), because a guy I respect and trust said that since he started riding Giro Empire, he doesn't wear anything else. These are shoes with shoelaces–that's their main thing, I guess–but they also have a nice stiff sole. Anyway, I took my first ride today, and they were glorious. Made more of a difference than a new bike.

I know that shoes are very idiosyncratic. So maybe the message of my post is to look around for some good shoes. I would say that when I tried them on, though, they were nothing special and I even wondered if they were too small. (They aren't. I do a 45 on other shoes and did it for these too. Maybe fit on other shoes is slightly too big, but not sure.)

Anyway, I love these shoes.
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Old 11-05-17, 06:09 PM
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Originally Posted by profjmb View Post
I don't have any stake in Giro or anything cycling-related. (I could probably make some money by promising NOT to associated myself with specific cycling products.) But I want to share a good experience with this product.

I bought a pair of Giro Empire ACC on closeout (the limited edition gray and red), because a guy I respect and trust said that since he started riding Giro Empire, he doesn't wear anything else. These are shoes with shoelaces–that's their main thing, I guess–but they also have a nice stiff sole. Anyway, I took my first ride today, and they were glorious. Made more of a difference than a new bike.

I know that shoes are very idiosyncratic. So maybe the message of my post is to look around for some good shoes. I would say that when I tried them on, though, they were nothing special and I even wondered if they were too small. (They aren't. I do a 45 on other shoes and did it for these too. Maybe fit on other shoes is slightly too big, but not sure.)

Anyway, I love these shoes.
I have 3 pairs and LOVE them!!
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I got em and love em too.. If you like the fit of Giro ACC's, I might also suggest trying a pair of Mavics if you haven't already.
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Do they come in wide sizes?
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Do they come in wide sizes?
I don’t think so.
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Been riding them on my CV bikes for a year now, great shoes. The soles needed some modifications for clips and straps on quill pedals, but that was simple to accomplish in my shop.

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Have a pair, to narrow for my feet, rides over 100km feet swell up and give me hotfoot, great shoes if you have a narrower size foot though. They are my track shoes now since that’s shorter rides anyways
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I have the same reflective gray/red combo from comp cyclist, and they were too narrow... I ended up putting shoe trees with a 'corn' bump to stretch them out... all good now. I also have a silver/fluro pair that fit perfect without the stretch... maybe the reflective material is less forgiving.. I love how light and stiff they are.
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The preference of cycling shoes is very personal and subjective. I have narrow feet and Giro shoes fit me best. I have had two pairs of Giro Factor and one pair of Empire. I'm loving them.
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Originally Posted by hsuehhwa View Post
The preference of cycling shoes is very personal and subjective. I have narrow feet and Giro shoes fit me best. I have had two pairs of Giro Factor and one pair of Empire. I'm loving them.
Yes, this. Still, I thought it was worth saying that:

1. the Giro Empires are really nice shoes, if they fit you, and
2. Finding shoes that fit you better is a huge improvement, and we should spend more time/money on that than on carbon wheels (which I've spent huge money on)
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How's the fit compared to Shimano shoes? I have some RC7's that I love, but those laced shoes look very nice. I wear a size 47 in Shimano.
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Originally Posted by profjmb View Post
Yes, this. Still, I thought it was worth saying that:

1. the Giro Empires are really nice shoes, if they fit you, and
2. Finding shoes that fit you better is a huge improvement, and we should spend more time/money on that than on carbon wheels (which I've spent huge money on)


The earlier (probably before ~2014) Giro shoes didn't have replaceable heel pad, which is a shame.


Yes, shoes and saddles, you rarely feel them until you DO. Then they become PITA, literally.
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