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
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Beyond Narrow

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

This shoe is the narrowest cycling shoe I've ever put on. Had to return. Nicely made shoe and wish I could wear it.

Amazing fit

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Size Bought: 44

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.

WOW!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

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!

Comfortable but too small

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 44.5

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.

Shining Bastard

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

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

Shining Bastard

your red shoes

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

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

 your red shoes

Most comfortable road shoes I owned.

  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 42

Got the blue to match my bike color and my club kit! have to go 1/2 size bigger.

Most comfortable road shoes I owned.

Size and color

    Really nice shoe. I got the grey shoes. What to note... 1. They do run smaller. I’m a US10 consistently, my size would have been 44 however I got the 44.5 as I’d 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.

    Great shoes

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

    Excellent fit and feel

    Great!

      The best cycling shoes I’ve 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.

      These Things are Incredible

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

      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 jasjones@backcountry.com or give me a call at 801-523-4053

      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?

      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 jasjones@backcountry.com or give me a call at 801-523-4053

      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.

      What is your normal US shoe size? I'm an 11.5 US and was thinking I need the 46.

      (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.

      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.

      Shoes that fit like a glove

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 44.5

      These shoes are excellent. The laces not only look great, but it grasp your foot from all angles. You can't go wrong with these shoes.

      Hi Clayton -- I see a lot of "size up" comments, but I have AAA width, flat feet (I could water ski on these things). A 47 in Sidi and Spiuk have felt just a hair big, I'm thinking a 47 Giro would be the bee's knees? Whatcha think?