Who should buy the Giro Empire SLX

The Empire collection consists of shoes made for road cycling. Some of the shoes have been designed with feedback from American professional road racing cyclist Taylor Phinney. It is a solid option if you:

  • Need an easton carbon composite outsole that provides an optimal pedal feel.
  • Need an impeccable lightness and superb comfort.

Giro Empire SLX Logo

Easton carbon composite outsole

Employing an Easton Carbon Composite outsole, this shoe provides an optimal pedal feel and doesn’t waste any watt exerted by the rider.

Giro Empire SLX Easton carbon composite outsole

A pocket of titanium hardware is engineered into the sole. This pocket acts like a perforation hole to provide enhanced breathability underneath the foot. It helps keep the foot dry and comfortable, especially on warm days.

Empire SLX has changeable heel pads

Rubber heel pads help the wearer have a more comfortable experience while off the bike. It is also usually the first part to wear out in road cycling shoes. With the Empire SLX’s replaceable heel pads, buyers are treated with excellent value for money as it helps lengthen the shoe’s lifespan.

Giro Empire SLX Changeable heel pads

3-bolt cleat design

The Giro Empire SLX features a 3-bolt cleat design. This design is usually seen in road cycling shoes. It aims to give the rider better stability and linkage to the bike’s pedal during races.

Giro Empire SLX 3-bolt cleat design

Giro's Evofiber upper

This pair’s Evofiber upper took the strengths of mesh and microfiber and fused them. This fusion provides a hydrophobic effect and remains breathable.

Giro Empire SLX Upper

Excellent ventilation, durable and stable

The Empire SLX utilizes a construction called the Synchwire. This construction makes use of an advanced composite of thermo-bonded film to create a stitchless upper. The combination of mesh and TPU provides excellent ventilation, durability, and stable rides.

Giro Empire SLX Excellent ventilation, durable and stable

Secure fit of the Giro Empire SLX

This shoe employs the traditional lace-up closure for optimized lightness and prevention of pressure points. 

Giro Empire SLX Secure fit

Interchangeable arch support foams

Equipped with the brand’s SuperNatural Fit System, the Empire SLX comes with three arch support foams for a more customizable fit. The foams come in three levels of arch: S, M, and L. Users can attach and detach the foam via Velcro.

Giro Empire SLX Insole

This pair employs X-Static Fiber technology. This technology uses natural silver for heat-conducting and anti-microbial properties. It helps keep the foot warm and odor and bacteria at bay.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 185g
Base model: Giro Empire
Use: Road
Cleat design: 3 holes
Closure: Lace
Features: Breathable, Replaceable Sole Guards, Lace Tucks, Look Delta
BRAND Brand: Giro

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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.