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    Infinitely adjustable, incredibly comfortable.

    One glance at Giro’s Empire ACC Shoes, and you’ll see they’re different. Rather than the ubiquitous buckle/strap combo, Giro’s outfitted them with something decidedly old-fashioned — laces. That’s about where the old-fashioned nature stops, though. The uppers are a single piece of Evofiber microfiber, which is highly breathable, but is also perforated for additional airflow.

    Those uppers are attached to an ultra-stiff Easton EC90 ACC Carbon Sole. This sole is among the stiffest available, and due to high grade of carbon fiber used in its construction, is also one of the slimmest, producing a stack height of just 6.5mm. Between the uppers and the sole sits Giro’s lauded SuperNatural FitKit, the long name for its user-tunable footbed. These insoles have swappable arch support so you can tune the fit of your shoes precisely to your feet.

    • Easton EC90 ACC Carbon Sole
    • Lace-up closure
    • Microfiber uppers
    • 6.5mm stack height
    • SuperNatural Fit Kit insoles
    • Item #GIR003E

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    [uppers] Evofiber
    Closure
    lace
    Footbed
    SuperNatural Fit Kit
    Sole
    Easton EC90 ACC carbon fiber
    Cleat Compatibility
    3-hole road
    Claimed Weight
    [size 42.5] 215 g
    Recommended Use
    road cycling
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Great fit! Great look!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 43.5

    The shoe fits great. I had a pair of Pearl Izumi P.r.o leader 2's that were eaten by a friends dog. In hindsight I am happy that the dog was shoe hungry. These are much more comfortable for my foot and it offers a great look with all the power transfer that a guy like me can muster. If you need a new shoe give these a try, you wont regret it.

    Stiff sole, great support, good looking.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 46

    As of writing this review I have 482.1 miles on these shoes, riding 3 different bikes (a gravel bike and two road bikes), in dry and warm weather and cold and soaking wet rain. They are very tightly constructed as was evidenced by the water I poured out of them following one particularly wet ride. I like the latitude in fit afforded by the lacing system. The sole is perfectly stiff and gives excellent support on my SPD-SL pedals. And, they look good. They do run a little narrow and for that reason I ordered one size up from my usual. Overall I think this shoe pretty much nails it, only wish there was a little more room for wide feet.

    My first cycling shoes

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 43

    After 3 rides I found the perfect fit, the laces are amazing, allowing you to adjust the shoe to your foot shape.

    These shoes are narrow so I recommend to order half or one size larger, I'm 43 in normal shoes and I ordered a 43,5 that fit perfectly.

    Going on my second pair...love them!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small

    These have been my favorite cycling shoes I've ever owned. I recently purchased the MTB version for Cross season. I agree with others to go half a size up. My first pair were slightly too small even though I purchased the same size as I've used in other Giro shoes. The laces are really nice to have for smaller fine tuning adjustments. The shoes seem to hold up and are easy to keep clean (I use the mostly black version).

    Flashy

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 44.5

    As a few others have stated, it's best to buy half a size to a whole size larger. I wear 44 bontragers and went to a 44.5 on this. The shoes look and feel great, and I've gotten a lot of compliments on it as I was warming up for a race (on the plus side, it makes it easy for friends and family to spot me in the peloton).

    This shoe works!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 46

    Giro Empire ACC Reflective! I can now ride for hours without foot pain. Size up a half to a full size though. Look elsewhere if you have extra wide feet. Laces are trouble free. Arch inserts are a nice touch. These shoes fixed my feet problems. After placing my order, I realized I had a pair of Giro LX that were too small, so I replied to the "received my order" email and they changed my order to a larger size in the middle of the night! They never sleep! Great customer service!

    Long live the Empire!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    Man, I love these things. I've been riding them for the better part of a year now and they're still going strong. The laces seem to offer a really dialed-in fit. Nice and lightweight, too.

    The Empire of Giro

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    This is my fourth pair of Giro shoes over the years (road and mountain) and I am extremely happy with them. I owned a pair of the Giro Factor shoes when Giro first introduced their shoe line, and although I have had a few other brands since then, I was excited to get on the Lace Up bandwagon, and return to Giro. The Empire shoe is built upon a slightly narrower last than the Factor of old, but that hasn't been an issue and I am happy with the new fit. I find these to offer a little more toe box and forefoot space than my Specialized S Works shoes, and run a little narrower than a Shimano shoe, but nowhere near as narrow as a standard Sidi. When I wear Sidi, I have to wear a Mega, but my feet are not necessarily wide. The lace up closure provides a very even, snug feel and the Easton carbon sole is plenty stiff. These aren't the super light SLX, but I really wanted the Blue Steel colorway. #Zoolander

    I wear a US 9 and bought these in a 43

    Thanks for your review Forrest! You went with a 43 as a 9? I'm typically a 9 as well, and I currently own a 42.0 Factor ACC. However, the 42.0 is definitely on the snugger side (WAY too tight with thicker wool/thermal socks), and I want to pick up an Empire soon. I was planning on just getting a 42.5 but I don't know if a 43.0 will be too big? Curious of your thoughts and experience.

    I always wear a size 9, I have attempted to size down to an 8.5 before but it never felt right. I tired on the 42.5, but my big toe felt a little too cramped. 43 was just right, a touch more space in the toes, but no heel lift, so everything worked out nicely. But I know for a fact I could not wear a 42, and could only do a 42.5 for short periods. If you can fit a 42 and just need a little more space for a wool sock, then the 42.5 is not a bad idea. Although our feet may be similar sizes, I am sure they are shaped differently.

    Digging 'em

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 45.5

    My first thought as I put the right shoe on, "Ah, these are, uh, very long laces", and flashed back to getting shoelaces caught in my Schwinn's drivetrain as a dumb kid. The laces are great though, and will stay positioned outwards after tying.

    These are a sleek-looking pair of shoes, I got them in black because I like to think of myself as the Johnny Cash of cyclists. Grime wipes right off the synthetic tops.

    The soles are bombproof, compared to the delicate F'izi:k shoes I blew through in four months. I'm hoping to keep these Giro kicks for a year or two, which would be excellent.

    Also, I had to size up .5.

    Good shoe

    • Size Bought: 40

    I didn't follow the sizing chart exactly. I went a half size up and they fit great. I am still getting used to how tight to get the laces. The only challenging part with the laces is that you can't make adjustments while riding. Once you have it dialed in, you are good to go.

    INCREDIBLE

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 45(US 11)

    Awesome fit, confortable, well constructed, lite weight, great looking, stylish. You get it by now so go ahead order yours. LOVE GIRO products oh HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!ok NOW GET YOURS I OWN 5pair🚴🏻😎🚴🏻😎

    Sizing...again.

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small

    This seems like a well constructed, lightweight shoe. But, sizing just wasn't right on this one. This is the 4th pair of road shoes I've ordered online, and the 4th to fit incorrectly. Given that every other shoe I've ordered ran large, I decided, based on the size chart and reviews, to order my actual size with the Giro Empire lace ups. I knew, when trying to put them on, that these probably weren't going to work. They were a bear to get on. Even with thin cycling socks, these were way too snug. For all intents and purposes, my feet are pretty average in width, even leaning towards the narrow side; and appear to be the same size. These shoes crunched my toes pretty tight, bordering on painful when standing. What's more, the right shoe seemed to be much tighter around the toes, even completely unlaced. Defect, perhaps? They felt a little better with the higher arch support inserted, but they just did not work. It was almost a joy to remove them after the "sitting while wearing for a couple hours" test. Unfortunately, the style I want aren't available a half size up. Another 7 bucks gone trying on shoes.

    Finally(?!)

    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 42.0

    Could it be?!

    Finally?!

    After going through high-end shoes like the Specialized S-Works and the Bont Vaypors and being sorely (pun intended) disappointed, I was skeptical that all the raves about the Empire were just fluff. I've fallen for the fluff before. I ordered a half size larger than my Bonts are and they were too big. I had to send them back and order my correct size and honestly, they fit like a glove.

    I always thought I had odd-shaped feet, but maybe I don't. But the Empires fit so well. All the terrible pain I used to get with the Vayors and S-Works, I don't get with the Empires at all. Occasionally, I get hotspots, but I move my toes around a bit, and it's gone. No pain lingers like it used to. I still have all the power and stiffness that I had before. But I finally have the comfort on top of that.

    My only gripe is on the Reflective shoe, the reflective-ness maybe comes off a little too easily, but it's mostly where the tongue rubs against the inner part of the shoe. No big deal. I ain't crying about it.

    I'd believe all the fluff you hear about these shoes. There's a reason why so many cyclists are wearing them now.

    the arsonist has oddly shaped feet

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small

    Forget hot spots your feet with these, the laces allow you to get a perfect fit for all your lumps and bumps. Stiff light weight carbon soles, the uppers breath real well, and seem like they will handle years of use and abuse. I would recommend sizing up half size.

    Best cycling shoes I've ever had, BUT...

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    I just about wore out the first pair, so got a second. Best ever. My only complaint is that the little screw-in heel pads on the bottom of the shoes wore out and GIRO wants $25 for replacements, which seems grossly excessive to me. Think about it GIRO, isn't it kind of short-sighted to offend your loyal customers by charging $25 for a minor (yet necessary) replacement part for your shoes?

    Super light!

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Size Bought: 39.5

    These shoes are so bad a$$. I tried on the reflective grey, great idea for visibility! I wish they worked for me. I must have tried on 5 or more different sizes and styles in Giro and none of them really worked for me in terms of fit. I have a narrow heel and (although I wouldn't consider it) a wide forefoot. That combo makes for a slippy heel and almost too tight forefoot for the Giro cut. There sizes vary depending on style, so I suggest you order a few sizes if you are unsure. There seems to be a pretty big jump from 39.5 to 40. Needless to say I had to return the shoes because of the poor fit. Quality and style: 5 stars / Heel Stiffness: 1 star

    laces? yes

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    i bought some slx that i absolutely loved and these as a second pair but didn't want to spend as much money. they are really comfortable, and a very nice stiff sole. I would definitely recommend to a friend.

    Dope

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 48

    Previous Shoe: Pearl Izumi Pro Leader II size 47

    Switched to these babies because I disliked the constricted and uncomfortable tightness that were my previous shoes. I felt that laces would give me a more contoured feel and still stay tight at the same time and these shoes did exactly that.

    I initially bought the all black version in 47 but had to send them back (which was quick, easy, and painless thanks to competitive cyclist's AWESOME customer service). I now have the black and white version and they are sick. Everyone digs them, they are super comfortable, and look great on the bike too. They feel abit like sneakers when walking around.

    They are light just as every other review notes and are strong with the Easton carbon plating in the shoe.

    Overall a great shoe but if you're worried about them getting dirty get a darker or coated color, because these things get dirty QUICKLY.

    Hello. I want to buy the giro empire acc shoes from your store. But I never had some giro shoes, only sidi size 42 in Europe. Will the size be the same?
    Best regards from Portugal

    My friend in bontrager I have 41 (26.3 CM) what size you recommend for Giro Empire ACC

    Thanks

    First of all, you guys are the only ones stocking empires larger than 48. but do I need them? In shimano i have 49. in mavic 48 2/3. and my foot measures 31cm. What size would you reccommend? I want these kind of bad, but never found a pair at any lbs so trying them on isn't possible.. please.please.. :-)

    Need new kicks but run Speedplays. Using...

    Need new kicks but run Speedplays. Using 4 bolt DMT Radials right now, worn down to the carbon on the toes and heel).

    Give these a shot or go with a dedicated Speedplay sole?

    Do these shoes run true to size? I normally...

    Do these shoes run true to size? I normally wear a size 11 US shoe. However, I do wear a size 46 in the Giro Privateer mountain shoe and a 45.5 in the Sidi T3. Should I go with a 45.5 or 46?

    I wear a size 42.5 in Giro Terraduro's and the Empire's in the same size was waaaay tighter in the the toe box. No way I could wear them. The length was the same though. I know I'm comparing mtb to road shoes but there shouldn't be that much difference. Best to buy 2 and return one IMO. As they are a microfiber material they will not stretch into a shape like leather. I'm bummed as I love the laces, look and quality of them.

    Any estimate on when you will have them...

    Any estimate on when you will have them available?