Who should buy the Giro Empire

The Giro Empire was one of the firsts to bring back shoelaces in modern bike shoes. It was a hit as top-performing racers opted for it in important race events. It is a solid option if you:

  • Need a shoe that has ultra-efficient Easton soles that provides excellent power transfer.
  • Need a shoe that prevents chafing and rubbing that causes blisters and discomfort.
  • Need a shoe that is crafted from premium Teijin Samo Microfiber, which is durable and breathable.

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Easton EC90 SLX full carbon fiber soles

Equipped with Easton EC90 SLX Full Carbon Fiber soles, the Giro Empire yields optimal power transfer to the bike. All of Easton outsoles are designed to provide stiffness in three essential zones: the toe, arch, and heel areas. Moreover, it is also lightweight and maintains a low measure of stack height for optimal pedal feel and connection.

Giro Empire Easton EC90 SLX full carbon fiber soles

Excellent ventilation and traction

Ventilation pockets allow excellent airflow throughout the foot. The pockets are secured with stainless steel hardware for a lightweight feel and durability.

Giro Empire Excellent ventilation and traction

Heel pads that provide traction can be renewed once they get worn out. This feature offers the wearer excellent value for their money as they could use it for an extended period of time.

Giro Empire's cleat system

The soles of the Giro Empire are drilled for three-bolt pedal systems. Pedal types that could go well with this footwear are Shimano Ultegra SPD-SL R8000, Time Xpresso 15, and Look Keo 2 Max Blade 12. Markings are provided in the cleat area to aid in precise cleat positioning.

Giro Empire Giro Empire's cleat system

Premium Teijin Samo Microfiber

This pair’s upper material is crafted from a Japan company’s proprietary textile called Premium Teijin Samo Microfiber. It yields a supportive fit with abundance in airflow. The upper has a one-piece design to prevent any chafing and rubbing due to seams.

Giro Empire Premium Teijin Samo Microfiber

Traditional lace-up closure

The lockdown of the Giro Empire is governed by the traditional lace-up closure. It offers seven points of fit adjustment for comfort and precise fit. To keep the laces from getting caught in the bike, the brand provided a lace garter to tuck in the loose ends and keep it safe.

Giro Empire Traditional lace-up closure

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 225g / Women 215g
Use: Road
Cleat design: 3 holes
Closure: Lace
Features: Replaceable Sole Guards, Lace Tucks, Look Delta
Collection: Giro SuperNatural Fit Kit
Material: Synthetic, Full carbon sole

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Rhys Smith
Rhys Smith

Rhys is an expert in all things cycling and bicycles who at a young age pursued the dream of becoming a professional cyclist by racing for a French and then Belgian road racing team at the Elite level. He is heavily involved in the cycling scene and runs one of Australia’s highest-rated online bicycle parts stores. He’s THE expert when it comes to testing cycling shoes.