The Giro Empire shoes were developed specifically for Taylor Phinney to race at the Giro D'Italia and Olympic Games. The EC90 ACC outsole is stiff and generates maximum power per pedal stroke. The stack height is about 6.5mm, which produces a very close connection between your foot and shoe. The one-piece upper is comprised of a one-piece Premium Evofiber™, which is a breathable microfiber enhanced with perforation. The lace closure is lightweight and provides an unmatched ability to contour to your foot's shape for a close comfortable fit. The Super Natural Fit technology which is a cycling-specific footbed with an adjustable arch system, for enhanced power transfer. It's light, comfortable, and ready to race.
There has been a lot of questions about sizing, and I too had them and decided to pull the trigger on these shoes. I wear a 43 in sidi, 42 in northwave, and got these in 42.5. PERFECT fit! I don't have overly wide feet, but they do square off at my pinky toes. these may be the most comfortable out of the box shoes tried (others had a long break in period before they felt comfortable). I would go up half size if you wear double layer socks, or wear super thick socks for cold winters.
I wear size 44 street shoes (ecco) and ordered these in size 44. Great fit around the heel, arch (with default insert), top, and toes. I just remove the slack from the laces without over tightening. A bit flashy in metallic blue but they add some needed visibility to my mostly black cycling wardrobe.
I am astonished to be able to buy this caliber of shoe at this price. I refused to believe it until they were laced up and cleated. Hands down the most comfortable upper and stiffest sole I've used to date.
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