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89 / 100 based on 14 expert reviews
Reflective accents look stylish and practical, comfortable, really light, and laces arent as bad as i thought.
Super stiff, super light, holds up excellent well, classic look.
You give up closure adjustability for that style, however, but the Empire ACCs try to make up for that with an overall light-weight, stiff chassis for high-performance riding and a comfortable, supple fit.
Laces aren’t for everyone, but the Empires offer an extremely customisable fit
Awesome power transfer, old school style, interchangeable arch support levels. But it is quite pricey.
These are a choice of taste, and that will suit some of you better than others.
The Empire ACC by Giro was introduced in 2012. It catapulted the comeback of the lace-up cycling shoe into the consumer’s radar. Although the lace-up design never left the market, it was considered outdated once newer closure styles were introduced. However, this model’s classic style and excellent feedback caught the attention of cyclists and unexpectedly changed their perception.
Some of the features that have made this shoe famous are its stiff Easton EC90 ACC sole and the unique SuperNatural Fit Kit.
Optimum power transfer and pedal connection. This model employs the Easton EC90 ACC carbon fiber sole. It is reported to be stiffer than previous generations and, in turn, provides excellent energy transfer to the pedals. The sole is also designed to have a low stack height. It measures 6.5 mm, which provides a sensation of direct connection with the pedals.
Lightweight. With a thin carbon fiber design, the Empire ACC is lightweight and won’t take up more energy than necessary.
Replaceable heel pads. Rubber pads in the sole provide traction for times the wearer needs to walk or stand. However, for the same reason, it is also the first to wear out. Hence, the Empire ACC’s replaceable heel pads will lengthen the shoe’s overall durability.
Breathable. An additional ventilation detail is placed in the sole for enhanced breathability.
The Giro Empire ACC features a 3-bolt mounting system. It is suitable for these pedal designs: Garmin Vector 3 Power Meter, Look Keo Classic 3, Speedplay, and Shimano Ultegra PD-R8000 SPD-SL.
Breathable and lightweight one-piece upper design. Crafted from the brand’s Premium Evofiber technology, this material is breathable and very light. It also keeps its shape no matter how many times it gets soaked.
Time-tested and lightweight lace-up closure. Equipped with a traditional lacing system, this pair offers a lightweight, adjustable, and comfortable fit. Through varying lacing patterns, users can personalize the fit no matter the shape of their foot. It also prevents any irritation and hot spots.
The Giro Empire ACC is available in both men’s and women’s versions. The ladies’ model features a narrower shape last to fit the women’s naturally slimmer foot shape. Generally, the shoe’s upper does not fold when trying to put it on, making it easier to wear.
Interchangeable arch support. Employed with the SuperNatural Fit Kit technology, the Empire ACC cycling shoe offers arch support that can be adjusted for better comfort, especially during long rides. This footbed system allows owners to customize the insole depending on the level of the arch on their feet. The foam arch supports are offered in S, M, and L sizes and could be attached to the bottom of the footbed with Velcro.
Anti-microbial. This shoe is lined with a technology called X-Static Fibers. This technology is crafted with layers of silver that are permanently bonded to the surface of the fabric. Silver provides natural anti-microbial properties that help reduce odor.
- A lace garage is placed on the tongue to keep laces from getting caught in the pedals.
- The shoe comes with an extra pair of laces, a shoe bag, and a manual containing instructions.
- Equipped with breathable premium Evofiber microfiber materials and a vent hole in the outsole, this model effectively keeps the foot dry and comfortable despite hot weather.
- The collar and footbed are cushioned for enhanced comfort.
- ACC stands for Advanced Carbon Composites.
- Branding is placed on the footbed as well as on the lateral and rear part of the upper.
- Other versions of the Empire include the SLX (a lightweight variation) and the E70 Knit (a new comfort-oriented version).