Giro Imperial cycling shoes review

Giro’s pro-level shoes are efficient, light and comfortable out of the box

Cycling Weekly Verdict

Giro’s new range-topping Imperial shoes offer quality materials, lots of adjustability and a comfortable fit out of the box. They should prove durable, but they come at a new benchmark price point for the Californian brand.

Reasons to buy
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    Excellent fit and adjustability

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    Light weight

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    Quality materials should prove durable

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Reasons to avoid
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    Premium price

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Very light, very stiff and very comfortable. The Giro Imperial could well be one of the best race shoes ever produced and that’s why it’s here on our Editor’s Choice list. Boa dials add extra practicality and better adjustment and the Easton EC90 carbon sole is as stiff as any other on the market.

Premium cycling shoe prices just seem to go up and up. Case in point, the new £375 Giro Imperial. Although not yet at the level of the Mavic Comete Ultimate shoe, it’s Giro’s most expensive option to date. What justifies its elevated price tag?

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.