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Item # GIR003E

Guaranteed Phinney style, but the speed is up to you.

You've heard the phrase, "Everything old is new again"? Well, with the advent of custom townie bikes, wool kits, and the proliferation of tweed rides, this trend is holding its own in the world of cycling. The young American prodigy, and quite the fashion plate, Mr. Phinney, asked Giro to design a lace-up cycling shoe specifically for the 2012 London Games. And while we are sure part of it was a fashion statement, you can be sure that the Giro Empire ACC is worthy of a young man of Taylor's pedigree.

Starting at the uppers, they were wrapped with one piece of Evofiber microfiber. This fabric is exceptionally lightweight and highly breathable, featuring perforations for added cooling. This contributes not only to the sleek, wind-cheating profile, but it also reduces weight. And while the shoes might not appear to be very supportive, the opposite is actually true. Because of the flexibility of the microfiber, as well as the classic lace system, the shoes are able to be tied so that they fit your feet like a second skin. Adding to this is the ultralight and ultra-stiff Easton EC90 ACC Carbon Sole. One of the stiffest soles in the industry, it features a low 6.5mm stack height that mates with the uppers for unrivaled power transfer. The lower the stack height, the closer the cleats, and thereby your feet, are to the pedals. This minimizes power loss that occurs with thicker cleat plates.

The footbed provided is an adjustable SuperNatural Fit Kit. It allows you to fine-tune support to where your feet need it the most. Additionally, it was constructed with X-Static Antimicrobial fiber to keep odors and bacteria at bay.

The Giro Empire ACC Shoes are available in whole and half sizes from 39.0 to 46.5 and in whole sizes 47.0 to 50.0. They come in four colors: White/black, Matte Black/highlight yellow, Matte Black/florescent orange, and Matte Black/black.

  • 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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  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 44.5

As a few others have stated, it's best to buy half a size to a whole size larger. I wear 44 bontragers and went to a 44.5 on this. The shoes look and feel great, and I've gotten a lot of compliments on it as I was warming up for a race (on the plus side, it makes it easy for friends and family to spot me in the peloton).

This shoe works!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 46

Giro Empire ACC Reflective! I can now ride for hours without foot pain. Size up a half to a full size though. Look elsewhere if you have extra wide feet. Laces are trouble free. Arch inserts are a nice touch. These shoes fixed my feet problems. After placing my order, I realized I had a pair of Giro LX that were too small, so I replied to the "received my order" email and they changed my order to a larger size in the middle of the night! They never sleep! Great customer service!

Long live the Empire!

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

Man, I love these things. I've been riding them for the better part of a year now and they're still going strong. The laces seem to offer a really dialed-in fit. Nice and lightweight, too.

Shoes that fit like a glove

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 44.5

These shoes are excellent. The laces not only look great, but it grasp your foot from all angles. You can't go wrong with these shoes.

The Empire of Giro

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

This is my fourth pair of Giro shoes over the years (road and mountain) and I am extremely happy with them. I owned a pair of the Giro Factor shoes when Giro first introduced their shoe line, and although I have had a few other brands since then, I was excited to get on the Lace Up bandwagon, and return to Giro. The Empire shoe is built upon a slightly narrower last than the Factor of old, but that hasn't been an issue and I am happy with the new fit. I find these to offer a little more toe box and forefoot space than my Specialized S Works shoes, and run a little narrower than a Shimano shoe, but nowhere near as narrow as a standard Sidi. When I wear Sidi, I have to wear a Mega, but my feet are not necessarily wide. The lace up closure provides a very even, snug feel and the Easton carbon sole is plenty stiff. These aren't the super light SLX, but I really wanted the Blue Steel colorway. #Zoolander

I wear a US 9 and bought these in a 43

Thanks for your review Forrest! You went with a 43 as a 9? I'm typically a 9 as well, and I currently own a 42.0 Factor ACC. However, the 42.0 is definitely on the snugger side (WAY too tight with thicker wool/thermal socks), and I want to pick up an Empire soon. I was planning on just getting a 42.5 but I don't know if a 43.0 will be too big? Curious of your thoughts and experience.

I always wear a size 9, I have attempted to size down to an 8.5 before but it never felt right. I tired on the 42.5, but my big toe felt a little too cramped. 43 was just right, a touch more space in the toes, but no heel lift, so everything worked out nicely. But I know for a fact I could not wear a 42, and could only do a 42.5 for short periods. If you can fit a 42 and just need a little more space for a wool sock, then the 42.5 is not a bad idea. Although our feet may be similar sizes, I am sure they are shaped differently.

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, uh, very long laces", and flashed back to getting shoelaces caught in my Schwinn's drivetrain as a dumb kid. The laces are 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.

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, 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.

Avg. ride time: 3h 41m per week
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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: 10h 41m per week
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    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: 3h 4m per week
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    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.