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Giro
Empire ACC Road Shoe

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Giro's Empire ACC Road Shoe has the sleek and classic look of road shoes of old. But looks can be deceiving—beneath this shoe's handsome exterior is a high-performance full-carbon sole made of Easton's high-end EC90™ carbon. This stiff sole's low 6.5mm stack height will deliver performance and power without compromise.

The shoe's breathable Evofiber™ microfiber upper complements the classic lace-up closure for adjustability that's never really been improved upon by other manufacturer's ratchets and straps. The adjustable SuperNatural Fit footbed offers fine-tuned arch support, for a shoe that'll keep you comfortable and efficient on rides of any length. Heel pads are replaceable. Claimed weight: 215 grams (size 42.5). Compatible with three-bolt road cleats.

Note: These shoes are covered by Giro's 60 Days to Decide Guarantee. If you are unsatisfied with the fit or feel of this product, please return it cleaned and in good condition within 60 days of purchase for an exchange or full refund. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact us.

Giro Empire ACC Road Shoe
Other styles of this product are available.
$274.99

This size chart provides our best estimate for which European shoe size to choose based on your US shoe size. This will not necessarily match the US size shown on the product, but it is the best guidance we can provide for this particular brand.

If we've noticed that any particular model deviates from the standardized chart, we will list this information in the product description.

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Great shoe with added style of laces.
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by Huntsman
Cycling Enthusiast
Portland, OR
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

I like these shoes as they give a very relaxed fix compared to some higher end road shoes, with the flexibility of the laces. You aren't left wanting for a stiffer sole in out out of the saddle during hard efforts, they do require a little adjustment to get the fit correct but once you do there great. I like the color the reflective model adds a bit of style to your kit, I find this shoe great as I tend to have an odd fit with pressure on the top of my foot but the laces give me the ability to really fine tune the fit.

If your thinking of purchasing these I highly recommend you do.

Reviewed 5/22/2017
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Great shoe, takes a while to break in
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by Anonymous
Competitive Racer
3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.

Sole is as stiff as you'd expect from a high end shoe, power transfer to the pedals feels great. They can feel a little tight at the front of the foot at first but they break in after a while. Laces offer great customization of fit.

Reviewed 2/16/2017
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So light, so comfortable.
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by Anonymous
Cycling Enthusiast
Portland, OR

I absolutely love my Empires. I upgraded form a pair of Republics and had high expectations for these given the price. They exceeded all of my expectations in fit, comfort and style. Would absolutely recommend!

Reviewed 7/19/2018
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Definitely an eye catcher and well made shoe for any event.
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by Joey
Competitive Racer
Indio, Ca
Review for Giro 2014 Empire ACC Road Shoe
3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.

Have been using these Giro 2014 Empire AC road shoe for past three weeks (criterium and club rides) and are very comfortable. Definitely made a big difference on the hills lightweight and snug fit. The classic look also brought a lot of attention to fellow cyclists. Would recommend to anyone!

Reviewed 8/15/2014
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Comfortable shoes for long, steady rides.
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by Anonymous
Cycling Enthusiast
Western Suburbs of Chicago

This shoes is very comfortable and the laces allow for precise fit. The adjustable arch support in the foot bed is excellent. Not sure how this shoes will perform in racing, especially sprinting and crits, as it's hard to get it to fit tight.

Reviewed 3/9/2017
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Comfortable, and look great.
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by BigKat
Cycling Enthusiast
San Francisco

I use these shoes for 50 mile rides a few times a week. They are very comfortable.

Reviewed 1/22/2017
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Nice shoes!
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by Brian
Cycling Enthusiast
Portlandia
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

I was a little hesitant to order shoes online, just because I didn't know how they'd fit, but these shoes fit perfectly (I have fairly narrow feet). They are super light, and have a very stiff sole. The laces really add to the snug fit.

And they are beautiful! I bought the silver ones, and the finish glows in low light, almost like they have their own light source. All in all, a fabulous shoe!

Reviewed 1/19/2017
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These giro road shoes are the best comfortable shoes in the market. Not to mention if you ride in the evening the reflector material is a safety feature for vehicles to see you.
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Daily Commuter
Texas

These are some of the lightest shoes i have worn for cycling.

Reviewed 1/8/2017
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Giro outdid itself. Light, comfortable and well made road cycling shoe.
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by BoB
Cycling Enthusiast
Boulder
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

The only dislike is they run small. So if you wear a size 10, order 10 12 Europe equivalent. Very comfortable and come with supports for anyone with external or internal knee issues. Its nice to get back to a lace-up design. Additionally, the outer is reflective, which helps with visibility. Very important with todays driving style.

Reviewed 11/16/2017
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Very comfortable and look great
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by Larry
Cycling Enthusiast
PDX

I bought the black version and I think they look and feel great. I was at the store and tried on the Sidi's as well as the Fizz's with the Boa system but these were by far the most comfortable and best looking. I love the laces as you can fine tune your adjustment, if you have a tight area, just loosen up the laces a little. Another great thing about these is they clean up really easy. The material they are made of almost has a rubber feel to it so I literally just hose them off when I am hosing off my bike. I highly recommend these!

Reviewed 3/10/2016
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Great shoes, but a little narrow
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by Dangerous_Dave
Competitive Racer
N. Florida
3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.

I love the shoes, but I've got just slightly wide feet that spread out over a long ride. These shoes get a little cramped, making my toes fall asleep. It's bearable, but I just wish there was a little more space in the toe box.

I took a shoe horn and tried stretching the toe box out, it helped some but may need to keep the shoe horn in there for a few days to get the upper to stretch fully.

The adjustibility of the laces is wonderful. Feet a little tight and your arch higher than usual? You can loosen the middle laces and still have a comfortable fit. The heel cup is perfect and with the eyelets you can really lock your feet into the shoe.

Reviewed 6/9/2015
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Great shoe
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by David
OC, California
Review for Giro 2014 Empire ACC Road Shoe

I love everything about it! The looks, the materials, the fit, the laces, and the right stiffness! Highly recommended

Reviewed 10/6/2014
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Awesome shoes, stiff sole, lightweight
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by Anonymous
Cycling Enthusiast
Ibiza, Spain
Review for Giro 2014 Empire ACC Road Shoe
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

Awesome shoes, stiff sole, lightweight, understated graphics... That's pretty much it, all I'm looking for in a shoe!

Reviewed 5/22/2014
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Unique classic look with the high-performance state-of-the-art technology, design element made for profection
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by EdgarM
Competitive Racer
New York, Queens
Review for Giro 2014 Empire ACC Road Shoe

Excellent fit and performance is durable.

Reviewed 10/25/2014
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Backward sometimes better.
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by Arden
Cycling Enthusiast
Timberon, NM
Review for Giro 2014 Empire ACC Road Shoe

I started with lace up shoes with wooden soles you nailed cleats to. These shoes are like slippers with stiff soles. I like that you can sans the last eyelet to use your ankles better.

Reviewed 10/17/2014
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The best shoe I ever bought!
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by Anonymous
Albuquerque NM
1 of 1 customers found this review helpful.

I ride 120- miles a week and could not be happier with these shoes! No pain,no hot foot.

Reviewed 10/3/2014
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Most comfortable bike shoes I've ever owned
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by psychoch
Cycling Enthusiast
Chicago
2 of 2 customers found this review helpful.

I'm a road bike rider, and have owned shoes from a number of different brands-Sidi, Fizik, Diadora. These are extremely light, and very comfortable. After a hilly 200k ride, no hot spots or foot discomfort.

Reviewed 2/16/2017
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Looks fantastic
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by Anonymous
Tampa
3 of 3 customers found this review helpful.

These shoes are cut small and a lot little closed in. They look great. I am a 10 normally in regular shoes. I returned these and got the Giro Slx Empire. Love them. I got the 44. 5 11 US men's. They fit good and are the most comfortable shoes I've ever had I wire Sidi Ergo for years in 44.5 but these are more comfort. I have a wide foot so stretched these out gently with a wooden spoon when I got them. The slx is super light and comes with a variety of insole. I would recommend these for comfort and lightness and adjustability and go up at least a half size. I don't wear anything else since I got my Giro Empires.

Reviewed 6/17/2017
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Light, stiff and comfortable
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by Anonymous
la Mirada CA

The Empire ACC works for me. I like that adjusting the laces makes the fit more customized. I don't think about the shoes or my feet while riding. They're lightweight, stiff and comfortable I like the looks too. Best shoes I've tried, and I'm picky.

Reviewed 2/16/2017
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Light, stiff and comfortable
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by Anonymous
la Mirada CA

The Empire ACC works for me. I like that adjusting the laces makes the fit more customized. I don't think about the shoes or my feet while riding. They're lightweight, stiff and comfortable I like the looks too. Best shoes I've tried, and I'm picky.

Reviewed 2/17/2017
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