Right at the very forefront of high performance cycling shoes, chances are you’ll come across the Giro Empire ACC Cycling Shoe, persistently redefining the high and lucrative end of the market. Featuring a classic lace design offering a massive 7 points of fit adjustment and happily acting as the perfect companion to the incredible breathable ‘Evofiber’ synthetic upper for optimum comfort and fit. The highly acclaimed Easton EC90 ACC full carbon sole has been entirely revamped and brings the kind of stiffness that can deal with everything from Grand Tours to Gran Fondos, with ultra-low 6.5mm Stack height for a direct connection with the pedals. Giro’s adjustable ‘SuperNatural Fit’ footbed allows you to fine-tune the fit and arch support, for a blend unmatched in style and performance.
Footbed: Super Natural Fit Kit with adjustable arch support
X-Static® anti-microbial fibre
Weight: 325g (size 42)
Been using the same shoe for almost 6 years, researched and saw no reason to change things up. Finding an empire for the price Merlin had was a dream come true.
I am always a little sceptical about reviews and this is my first. I got these shoes at 50% discounted, £127.50 as the last pair. I have to say, these are seriously mega comfy from the word go and I have tried on and sent back 4 pairs of various brands. Do not be put off by the laces, there is no slippage and you can adjust them accordingly to your foot shape, missing eyelets to relieve any pressure over the bridge of your foot. It is fair to say I am very pleased with these shoes and now having had a pair, I wouldn't hesitate to buy another, I'd even pay full price. Try them you will not be disappointed.
Very comfortable with good look, especially in dark night with reflective light!
Early days, but seem comfy out of the box, so thats a good sign, as normally find it takes time for new shoes to feel this good.
Great shoes but a little snug. I`d order a size up next time.
Lightweight shoe that has the added reflective protection to keep me visible at night.
Great stiff road shoes with fantastic looks. Bit nervous about the laces but they work real well and are easily adjusted.
I ordered these shoes, as I liked the retro look about them. Well they arrived without delay as fast as you like. I got them out of the box, put them on and they`re a perfect fit. But I don`t like them, I love them... yet to be tested performance wise, but I`m confident they`ll be as great as they are to look at and wear. Cracking price in the sale too, some much so I bought 2 pairs... thanks Merlin... again.
Great fit. Extremely reflective. Would recommend and buy again
Really stiff sole and very comfortable upper. Laces work perfectly. Never need to tie while riding. These are my 3rd pair of ACC!
Very comfortable shoes, after you dial in how tight you want the laces to be you just tighten them and ride, they stay tight without getting loose mid ride. A little smaller compared to Shimano which made the fit better for me, the insoles with different arch support buttons are great too.
Sole is stiff with no noticeable flex during hard efforts. Yes they add a few seconds compared to boa shoes but found them more comfortable since there is no wire.
Shoes run a litttle snug in the toebox if your feet aren`t narrow. Recommended to try before you buy to get the fit right.
Really good shoes that are reflective for enchanced visibility and are fairly well ventilated despite the modest ventilation holes. Soles are stiff carbon with replaceable heelpads which allow a longer lifespan. Replaceable arch supports are included and work in tandem with the laces, allowing you to somewhat customise your fit.
Great shoe at a great price. Stiff but comfortable and surprisingly wide enough for my slightly wide feet. Usual brilliant speedy service from Merlin.
Phenomenal shoes. Super stiff sole, laces are less effort than I expected and they were comfortable straight out of the box. First ride was 370km from London to Paris which wasn't very sensible, but they were ace. highly recommended.
To be seen or not seen... This shoe does the job! Highly reflective and really stands out. The arch support system works well and the fit is good. I usually have size 46 in Nike and 46 2/3 in Adidas and the Giro 46 works well for my feet.
Mr Guimarães de Medeiros
Nice shoes, the laces give it a vintage look. I usually use 42 (EU) but got a 43 after trying it on a store. I thought it would get too tight after long rides. Still, I could manage to properly fit the cleats. Try in person before ordering.
What is there to say except I'm impressed. After reading many reviews and taking the leap of faith.. I was still somewhat skeptical, until I wore them on a 75 miler with 7,000 ft of climbing. These shoes are the best I've ever worn and they put my shitty Sidi's to shame. Big thanks for fast the delivery Merlin!
Awesome efficiency and contact with the pedal. These are now my favorite shoe.
Excellent international service, these Giro shoes are awesome, fit is like a sneaker on the upper but the carbon sole is really stiff and provides an excellent power transfer. Pedalling is more rounded (sorry for my bad English!) due to the 6.5 mm sole. About ventilation, no hot feet or pains with 35 degrees celcius at the moment in South of France and the sizing is very similar to Sidi in my opinion. I am 43 in Sidi Wire and also 43 in Giro Empire, same length of the insole/footbed with a more adjusted fit for the Giro due to the laces with 7 holes. Lacing the shoes is very easy after 2 or 3 rides with the correct tension. The footbed with 3 arches heights is a good point too and a cheap alternative to medical insoles, it works fine for me with L arch on left shoe and M arch on the right shoe !!??
Anyway, an excellent purchase, would recommend Giro Empire and Merlin Cycles to my club mates !
Awesome shoes! So comfortable, stiff, great fit! The reflective material is gorgeous!