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Get competitive.

Standard VR90s are drool-worthy in their own right, but with the men’s Giro Empire VR90 Limited Edition Cycling Shoes, you’ll be the standout on any trail. Silver microfiber uppers pair with flashy red laces, giving you a colorway found only here. You’ll find performance is fully in play with the Easton EC90 carbon sole and Vibram Mont outsole, helping you power up the climbs and dig in with confident grip for run-ups.

  • A cycling shoe that spans trail, gravel, and 'cross duties
  • Stiff carbon sole from Easton
  • External lugs provide traction on run-ups and cafe floors
  • Toe spike mounts for the sloppiest slop
  • Synthetic upper breaks in rather than breaking down
  • Lace-up closure proves cycling's future is it's past
  • A limited collaboration between Giro and Competitive Cyclist
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Solid shoe

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 44

I'm a size 10 in sneakers, but had to size up to a 44, which is a 10.5. They fit great. And they're super comfortable. Dig the lace-up component as well. It delivers a natural feel across the foot, whether deep in the hills or on the flats. And never fails when it comes to skid stops. I'd reco these bad boys to anyone looking for a shoe that's built for comfort, support, and durability.


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I originally got the Grinduro purple VR90's to replace a pair of Sidi Dominator 5 Women's shoes, and love them so much that I couldn't resist getting a second pair when this colorway went live on the site. The combo of matte silver and CC red looks fantastic in person, and the reflective logos add a pop of bright on dark cloudy days and evening races. They're a rare blend of ridiculously comfortable, highly functional, and durable enough to handle all the running and general mayhem that is cyclocross.

The sole is super stiff, which isn't always ideal for 'cross, but Giro rockered the lugs just enough that running in the VR90's feels surprisingly natural and comfortable. And the power transfer is amazing. I didn't think I'd be able to feel that much of a difference from the Sidis, but it it's massively apparent, especially for short, punchy climbs and sprints.

The Vibram rubber grips well, which is a huge plus compared to the plastic lugs found on Sidis and a few other brands. The grippiness means no more worries about losing your footing when dismounting/running/remounting on pavement or other hard packed surfaces. The rubber surfacing also spans under the midfoot, adding much needed grip for coasting before a dismount and minimizing losses if you miss a clip in off the start or after a remount.

The overall fit on these is just so, so comfy. Both pairs I have were soft and comfortable from the first wear and continue to be the comfiest cycling shoes I've ever worn. The upper stretched a tiny bit during the first couple of rides - just enough to form to my foot and be even comfier, and has held its shape perfectly ever since.

Specific to sizing, I sized down from a 42 in Sidi to a 41.5 in Giro. They do fit a bit on the narrow side for a men's shoe (which is awesome for me), but the laces are so adjustable that these shoes should accommodate a wide range of foot widths.


To lace or not to lace

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 47

I've put this shoe through the ringer and in all, it's a great shoe... worth $300??? I guess that's up to the buyer. If they last 4-5 seasons, it's worth it to me. They do run slim and it takes some getting used to on how tight to lace them. The one downside is on the fly adjustments... I've had to stop, get off the bike and relace them a few times.