Giro Espada Boa cycling shoes review

Giro's Espada women's and men's Trans shoes have evolved with the addition of a Boa dial - we tested them out to see how they would perform

Giro Espada Boa cycling shoes
Cycling Weekly Verdict

A cycling shoe that effectively marries comfort with performance. These aren't the lightest or raciest looking of kicks, but they offer a concrete stiff sole and a reassuring degree of support.

Reasons to buy
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    Solid carbon sole

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    Comfortable upper

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    Lots of support

Reasons to avoid
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    Some riders may not enjoy added bulk of padding

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Giro holds a prominent position in the stiff-soled race shoe market and the brand has won much of the bike riding world over with its top end Empire SLX and Techlace models - bringing out a head-turning development on an annual basis without fail.

The Giro Espada Boa shoe is not new to the line up, but the Boa is a recent upgrade to the platform. Akin to the men’s Giro Trans Boa shoes, these carry an RRP of £179.99 - Giro calls this model its "race capable mid-level carbon soled shoe."

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.