Giro W Empire ACC shoes review

These classy-looking lace-ups certainly stand out from the Boa and Velcro crowd, but does function follow form?

Giro W Empire ACC Shoes

Giro W Empire ACC shoes

Cycling Weekly Verdict

With an impressive level of adjustability, there is more than meets the eye with these classic-looking lace-ups. Balancing stiffness and comfort there’s a lot to like, but the final decision will probably come down to your opinion on lace-up cycling shoes.

Reasons to buy
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    Replacement parts

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    Reasonably lightweight

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    Male-specific version available

Reasons to avoid
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    Near impossible to adjust on the move

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    Limited colour range compared to men's range

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Lace-up cycling shoes have been surfing their renaissance for several years now, with Giro the first brand to stick its retro neck out and work with Cannonade-Drapac (formerly BMC) pro Taylor Phinney to design a lightweight, stiff shoe. Various versions of the Giro Empire shoe have been worn by the likes of Bradley Wiggins, but the women-specific Giro W Empire ACC shoes are a more recent addition to the range.


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