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Giro Empire ACC Shoes

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Item # GIR003E

Infinitely adjustable, incredibly comfortable.

One glance at Giro’s Empire ACC Shoes, and you’ll see they’re different. Rather than the ubiquitous buckle/strap combo, Giro’s outfitted them with something decidedly old-fashioned — laces. That’s about where the old-fashioned nature stops, though. The uppers are a single piece of Evofiber microfiber, which is highly breathable, but is also perforated for additional airflow.

Those uppers are attached to an ultra-stiff Easton EC90 ACC Carbon Sole. This sole is among the stiffest available, and due to high grade of carbon fiber used in its construction, is also one of the slimmest, producing a stack height of just 6.5mm. Between the uppers and the sole sits Giro’s lauded SuperNatural FitKit, the long name for its user-tunable footbed. These insoles have swappable arch support so you can tune the fit of your shoes precisely to your feet.

  • Easton EC90 ACC Carbon Sole
  • Lace-up closure
  • Microfiber uppers
  • 6.5mm stack height
  • SuperNatural Fit Kit insoles

Tech Specs

Upper Material:
[uppers] Evofiber
SuperNatural Fit Kit
Easton EC90 ACC carbon fiber
Cleat Compatibility:
3-hole road
Claimed Weight:
[size 42.5] 215 g
Recommended Use:
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Size chart


Cycling Shoes
36 4 5 3 22.5
37 5 6 4 23.5
37.5 5.5 6.5 4.5 24
38 6 7 5 24
38.5 6 7 5 24.5
39 6.5 7.5 5.5 25
39.5 7 8 6 25.5
40 7.5 8.5 6.5 25.5
40.5 8 9 7 26
41 8 9 7 26
41.5 8.5 9.5 7.5 26.5
42 9 10 8 27
42.5 9.5 10.5 8.5 27
43 9.5 10.5 8.5 27.5
43.5 10 11 9 28
44 10.5 11.5 9.5 28.5
44.5 11 12 10 28.5
45 11 12 10 29
45.5 11.5 12.5 10.5 29
46 12 13 11 29.5
46.5 12.5 13.5 11.5 30
47 13 14 12 30
48 13.5 14.5 12.5 31

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Digging 'em

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 45.5

My first thought as I put the right shoe on, "ah, these are... very long laces", and flashed back to getting shoelaces caught in Schwinn drivetrain as a dumb kid. The lace material is great though, and will stay positioned outwards after tying.

These are a sleek-looking pair of shoes, I got them in black because I like to think of myself as the Johnny Cash of cyclists. Grime wipes right off the synthetic tops.

The soles are bombproof, compared to the delicate F'izi:k shoes I blew through in four months. I'm hoping to keep these Giro kicks for a year or two, which would be excellent. I do walk w/ a more rigid three point motion compared to the fluid F'izi:ks, but it is well, well worth walking like a robot if these shoes actually last!

Also, I had to size up .5.

Glad you like 'em Nate...and I agree about sizing up a 1/2 size for a better fit.

Good shoe

  • Size Bought: 40

I didn't follow the sizing chart exactly. I went a half size up and they fit great. I am still getting used to how tight to get the laces. The only challenging part with the laces is that you can't make adjustments while riding. Once you have it dialed in, you are good to go.


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 45(US 11)

Awesome fit, confortable, well constructed, lite weight, great looking, stylish. You get it by now so go ahead order yours. LOVE GIRO products oh HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!ok NOW GET YOURS I OWN 5pair🚴🏻😎🚴🏻😎


  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small

This seems like a well constructed, lightweight shoe. But, sizing just wasn't right on this one. This is the 4th pair of road shoes I've ordered online, and the 4th to fit incorrectly. Given that every other shoe I've ordered ran large, I decided, based on the size chart and reviews, to order my actual size with the Giro Empire lace ups. I knew, when trying to put them on, that these probably weren't going to work. They were a bear to get on. Even with thin cycling socks, these were way too snug. For all intents and purposes, my feet are pretty average in width, even leaning towards the narrow side; and appear to be the same size. These shoes crunched my toes pretty tight, bordering on painful when standing. What's more, the right shoe seemed to be much tighter around the toes, even completely unlaced. Defect, perhaps? They felt a little better with the higher arch support inserted, but they just did not work. It was almost a joy to remove them after the "sitting while wearing for a couple hours" test. Unfortunately, the style I want aren't available a half size up. Another 7 bucks gone trying on shoes.


  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 42.0

Could it be?!


After going through high-end shoes like the Specialized S-Works and the Bont Vaypors and being sorely (pun intended) disappointed, I was skeptical that all the raves about the Empire were just fluff. I've fallen for the fluff before. I ordered a half size larger than my Bonts are and they were too big. I had to send them back and order my correct size and honestly, they fit like a glove.

I always thought I had odd-shaped feet, but maybe I don't. But the Empires fit so well. All the terrible pain I used to get with the Vayors and S-Works, I don't get with the Empires at all. Occasionally, I get hotspots, but I move my toes around a bit, and it's gone. No pain lingers like it used to. I still have all the power and stiffness that I had before. But I finally have the comfort on top of that.

My only gripe is on the Reflective shoe, the reflective-ness maybe comes off a little too easily, but it's mostly where the tongue rubs against the inner part of the shoe. No big deal. I ain't crying about it.

I'd believe all the fluff you hear about these shoes. There's a reason why so many cyclists are wearing them now.

Hi, Dana! I'm considering these for my first clipless shoes. I really like the reflective pair, but...how the heck do you clean them??

the arsonist has oddly shaped feet

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

Forget hot spots your feet with these, the laces allow you to get a perfect fit for all your lumps and bumps. Stiff light weight carbon soles, the uppers breath real well, and seem like they will handle years of use and abuse. I would recommend sizing up half size.

You get a thumbs up for the title. Stay classy.

You get a thumbs up for the title. Stay classy.

Best cycling shoes I've ever had, BUT...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I just about wore out the first pair, so got a second. Best ever. My only complaint is that the little screw-in heel pads on the bottom of the shoes wore out and GIRO wants $25 for replacements, which seems grossly excessive to me. Think about it GIRO, isn't it kind of short-sighted to offend your loyal customers by charging $25 for a minor (yet necessary) replacement part for your shoes?

Super light!

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Size Bought: 39.5

These shoes are so bad a$$. I tried on the reflective grey, great idea for visibility! I wish they worked for me. I must have tried on 5 or more different sizes and styles in Giro and none of them really worked for me in terms of fit. I have a narrow heel and (although I wouldn't consider it) a wide forefoot. That combo makes for a slippy heel and almost too tight forefoot for the Giro cut. There sizes vary depending on style, so I suggest you order a few sizes if you are unsure. There seems to be a pretty big jump from 39.5 to 40. Needless to say I had to return the shoes because of the poor fit. Quality and style: 5 stars / Heel Stiffness: 1 star

laces? yes

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

i bought some slx that i absolutely loved and these as a second pair but didn't want to spend as much money. they are really comfortable, and a very nice stiff sole. I would definitely recommend to a friend.


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 48

Previous Shoe: Pearl Izumi Pro Leader II size 47

Switched to these babies because I disliked the constricted and uncomfortable tightness that were my previous shoes. I felt that laces would give me a more contoured feel and still stay tight at the same time and these shoes did exactly that.

I initially bought the all black version in 47 but had to send them back (which was quick, easy, and painless thanks to competitive cyclist's AWESOME customer service). I now have the black and white version and they are sick. Everyone digs them, they are super comfortable, and look great on the bike too. They feel abit like sneakers when walking around.

They are light just as every other review notes and are strong with the Easton carbon plating in the shoe.

Overall a great shoe but if you're worried about them getting dirty get a darker or coated color, because these things get dirty QUICKLY.

Look Good, Feel Good, Ride Fast(er)

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 39


I've never felt closer to Cinderella, except for my brief run as "Mouse #2" in an elementary school production. My point is this: these shoes fit better than even Cinderella's own glass slipper, and certainly more comfortable.

The first thing I noticed out of the box was the weight--or lack thereof. It was like Christmas morning when you shake the box to see what's inside, but are then worried it's empty because it's so light. LIKE THAT!

They're incredibly light and look GOOD! I got the white/black version, which I am so stoked about (save the fact that I now worry about dirt getting on my shoes...). I was initially apprehensive about switching to this whole lace up bike shoe fad, but I think I am a believer now. The laces stay well out of the way, with the handy little elastic strap across the tongue of the shoe. The laces are long enough to double-knot, without having ribbons flowing hither and yon.

I am pretty-much-always a size 38 in shoes (wmn's 7.5), but I got a 39 in the Empire ACC, which fits perfectly! I have a 39.5 in the Sica VR70, but as those are women's specific are a titch more snug.

I've been riding in these for the last three weeks and will be hard pressed to ever go back to ratchets or wires.


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 42.5

Cycling shoes with laces, seriously? At first I was skeptical of these, but to be honest I pulled the trigger simply for the looks of the shoe. I am glad I did. I have had a few pairs of Giro’s and have loved them all. Standard fit on these with the EC90 carbon sole and the unbeatable SuperNatural Fit Kit. Great quality shoe built with looks.

Avg. ride time: 9h 45m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.



    They do make a women's version (finally)! With sizes starting as small as 36. You can find them in the Women's Road Shoes section, or search Empire ACC - Women's in the CC search bar.

    Avg. ride time: 4h 48m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Time + patience = comfort

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 45

    Caution: I'm REALLY picky about my cleat placement

    It's taking a little bit of time to dial the placement of my cleat in, but the results are instantly noticeable. You feel closer to the pedal and the power will reflect that. The shoes won't feel like they're crushing you, but they're still maintaining a tight feeling throughout many locations of the foot. I'd suggesting matching the size up with your other Giro shoe sizes.

    Avg. ride time: 12h 42m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Great shoes

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    This is my first "higher end" pair of road shoes. I came from a pair of 2014 Scott Road Team Boas.

    I initially bought the reflective version, as I do a fair amount of low-light riding during the work week. The reflective shoes are a matte-silver in normal lighting, then really do the trick when hit by lights. Check out the picture, which was just taken with an iPhone flash (socks are ICNY). [LINK: http://tinyurl.com/glljvbe }

    Unfortunately, I had to return the reflective pair. On my second ride with them, I was stopped (talking, having a snack), standing over the top tube, and my left shoe grazed my front tire (right around the toe-box). This was a very light impact, but it caused the reflective coating of the shoe to completely scrape off, leaving an ugly black mark. This could not be cleaned, as it was the reflective material itself that had been removed.

    I got the white/black version instead and love them. The white upper is really easy to clean. The white laces get dirty pretty quickly, but I think they look just as good with the black laces.

    I haven't had any problems getting the adjustment right at the beginning of each ride. They're snug but super comfortable.

    Highly recommend these shoes!

    Great shoes

    Back 2 Basics

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 44

    I love the way the shoe laces literally hug my feet. Super comfy, great functionality and nice looks.

    Loving my Giro Empire ACC shoes

    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 43.5

    I love my new Giro Empire ACC shoes. They are light, stiff, and the fit is great. The laces make it possible to get the fit just right. One caveat is that tying laces is a bit slower than Velcro or ratchet closures. The sizing seems to be spot on for me, that is, they are true to size. I love the understated look and graphics, too. Can't say enough good things about these kicks.

    Hello. I want to buy the giro empire acc shoes from your store. But I never had some giro shoes, only sidi size 42 in Europe. Will the size be the same?
    Best regards from Portugal

    For me, the shoes run true to size. I wear the same size in Sidi as Giro shoes.

    Rui preciso da tua ajuda..calco 42 em sapatilhas sou novo n ciclismo qual seria o melhor num para mim!?