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
What do you think about this product?
February 16, 2020
Many reviews for these shoes I have read mention they tend to run a bit narrow and the users have had to size up. I did not find this to be the case for me. I have always worn a size 42 in Giro shoes and the Empire ACC is no different. I will say, Giro tends to be somewhat inconsistent in regards to width across its range of shoes. I have found the width of some models varying greatly from others. Unlike Sidi who seem to be very consistent with sizes across its entire range. That being said, these shoes fit me very well. They look great and the laces are very cool. Of course, the laces will make on the fly adjustments impossible, but I think if you are thinking of buying a cycling shoe with laces you'll already have taken that into consideration. Personally, I never have to make shoe adjustments on the bike so it's a moot point.
December 5, 2019
These appear to be exceptional shoes, and would no doubt be well-appreciated by riders with VERY NARROW FEET.
September 13, 2019
The variable arch support is a great technology, and the laces make the shoe fit comfortably and snug for long rides.
September 3, 2019
Empire ACC Cycling Shoe Review
I own the Rapha Climbers Shoe (made by Giro) in the same size and they are light, stiff, and comfortable. The Empire ACC Cycling Shoe are also light, stiff, very snug, and very comfortable. The laces allow for more adjustability than the velcro straps on my Rapha shoes. These shoes feel like one with my feet and the power transfer is much better than my Rapha shoes.
July 7, 2019
Stiff, nice looking and affordable. My ideal foul weather/ training shoe.
June 29, 2019
This is my second pair of these shoes. Most comfortable shoe I have ever purchased plus love the retro lace up design.
March 1, 2019
Great shoe, make sure you size up
Impressed with the looks and quality of this shoe , unfortunately I didt read the reviews and take back country recommendation to go a half size up . The shoe fits narrow and tight like a glove. I returned thinking I would buy the same model, but I noticed the giro empire slx was also on sale . I bought that model Instead and of course I picked a half size up . Thinking I should buy this model (giro acc) because of the huge discount half size up of course 😁
September 21, 2018
This shoe is the narrowest cycling shoe I've ever put on. Had to return. Nicely made shoe and wish I could wear it.
July 18, 2018
Going back to a tie shoe like this seems to really work for me. I have an unusually shaped foot, and most shoes are too tight in width across the part of the foot just below the toes. The combination of laces with the flexible, man-made upper is a great combo for getting this shoe to fit right. It is the most comfortable cycling shoe I have found. I opted for the blue which is an almost metallic blue, yet it is flexible enough to conform to my foot. (It kind of clashes with most of my kits, but it is definitely noticeable.) Very happy with the purchase, especially since it was on sale. It does run a little small, so order at least a half size up.
June 23, 2018
when i first opened the box to these, i was already in shock, they came in a shoe bag! i was very impressed wit the packing, and the over all quality to these shoes. they're slick for sure and will ensure you look fly out there on the road, and also be seen out on the road when that sun goes down with the reflective surface. they are a bit narrow and do run a tad small, so i sized up to have a good fit. i normally wear a 46, so i got the 46.5 and they're perfect. the Easton carbon soul is so sift and just solid! so so happy with these shoes and would recommend them to anyone!
June 9, 2018
Comfortable but too small
I was impressed by the cushioning inside this shoe (something you didn’t find often in cycling shoes) and how they hugged my feet Unfortunately, they run quite small. I’m between a 10.5/11 so I ordered a 44.5 but my toes touched the end of the shoe. I’ll be exchanging them for a half size larger.
April 16, 2018
1-quite stiff sole, 2-good support, 3-excellent looking, 4-lace is good but not so convenient as BOA, 5-easily peels off. 6-half size down comparing to SIDI
March 5, 2018
your red shoes
my shoes make this review great!!! hands down in collection of cycling shoes that I have these are the best!!! comfy and they form really good to your feet.... The best part???? I have no aching feet at the end of my bike ride
February 27, 2018
Most comfortable road shoes I owned.
Got the blue to match my bike color and my club kit! have to go 1/2 size bigger.
November 22, 2017
Size and color
Really nice shoe. I got the grey shoes. What to note... 1. They do run smaller. Iâm a US10 consistently, my size would have been 44 however I got the 44.5 as Iâd heard they run smaller by half a size. Unfortunately the 44.5 was too snug returned for a 45. 2. As for the color, the images make it look like a suede type material, this is not what they are. They feel more like a plastic and the reflective material make them almost sparkle? The heal is silver not grey. In all they still look good but not as good as they do in the pics.
November 22, 2017
Excellent fit and feel
October 5, 2017
The best cycling shoes Iâve ever worn. The laces hold my feet perfectly. The soles are very stiff but very comfortable inside. Light, great looking and customizable. I have skinny and flat feet so the highest arch supports works for me. I would and will buy again when I wear this pair out.
August 10, 2017
These Things are Incredible
Review from a client Daniel: Jason, I'll tell you these things are incredible. The stiffness and thinness of the sole is something I haven't experienced before, in fact compared to my prior Specialized shoes I actually had to lower my seat post to compensate for how thin the sole is, I definitely feel more connected to the driveline. The lace enclosures really make the fit great as well. Daniel If you have any questions about these shoes or any other gear shoot me an email at email@example.com or give me a call at 801-523-4053
June 13, 2017
Great fit! Great look!
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.
May 11, 2017
Stiff sole, great support, good looking.
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.
December 9, 2017
What is your normal US shoe size? I'm an 11.5 US and was thinking I need the 46.
December 10, 2017
(Geoff M.) My everyday shoes are 11.5 US, my running shoes (Hokas) are 12 US, so somewhere in between there. Incidentally, I've found these shoes to be tolerably warm when combined with an over-bootie, wool socks, and a chemical toe-warmer in temps down to the mid 20s F.
February 19, 2020
Silly question: What do you (owners) do with the laces once tied? I'm leery of having loose laces around my crank.
February 24, 2020
The Giro logo is a band that hold the laces
February 27, 2020
I think your lace loop attaches to the slot in the shoes tongue.
March 27, 2020
Daniel, They have a small elastic band mid way up laces to tuck in. Use both road and mtb and never had issues!
August 26, 2019
At its widest, my left foot measures 10.8 cm. I wear a size 46 Giro Code mtb shoe. Would a size 46 in the Empire be your recommendation?
July 10, 2017
Any thoughts on ladies using the men's version? Considering a pair for my wife - she uses Giro mountain bike shoes (women's) - assume get her the same size in men's?
August 10, 2017
This would be a great shoe to consider. You will just want to go down one size. If you have any questions about these shoes or any other gear shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at 801-523-4053
October 23, 2015
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
November 12, 2015
For me, the shoes run true to size. I wear the same size in Sidi as Giro shoes.
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November 16, 2015
Rui preciso da tua ajuda..calco 42 em sapatilhas sou novo n ciclismo qual seria o melhor num para mim!?
December 11, 2014
My friend in bontrager I have 41 (26.3 CM) what size you recommend for Giro Empire ACC Thanks
December 15, 2014
Depending on your preferred fit, I would try the 41 or 41.5 Empire ACC shoes.
Sick for Cycling
January 4, 2016
I'm a US9.5. Wear EU45 in Giro All-Road but was sized at EU44.5 for the Empire SLX. I assume the fit is the same for the ACC. Only the soles are different.
October 14, 2014
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.. :-)
October 14, 2014
Robbert, A 49 Shimano is more like a 47 Giro. Keep in mind new items can be returned anytime for a refund and used items can be returned for store credit within 30 days. Hit me up directly with any other questions. email@example.com
October 4, 2015
Hi Ben,so you mean you applied the same policy that the giro company offered now? They do sizing or fit guarranty,used it then if it doesnt fit right they will replace it with the proper size with no extra charge..
July 10, 2014
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?
July 13, 2014
These are great shoes and they look amazing, but I do personally feel that the dedicated Speedplay sole is the best thing that has happened for Speedplay buffs in a long time. You will have a lower profile cleat and less hassle when it comes to cleat installation.
June 30, 2014
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?
July 1, 2014
Giro's sizing is consistent throughout the line. If you're a 46 in the Privateer, you'll be a 46 in the Empire. Hit me up directly if you have any other questions! firstname.lastname@example.org
December 26, 2014
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.
February 18, 2014
Any estimate on when you will have them...
Any estimate on when you will have them available?
February 18, 2014
Hi there, Unfortunately we do not have an exact arrival date on these, but we are hoping to have them in and readily available by the end of March