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GiroEmpire SLX Reflective Cycling Shoe - Men's

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Item # GIR00JX

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Empire SLX Reflective Shoe

A few years ago, Giro revived the lace-up cycling shoe with the Empire and Empire SLX shoes. Needless to say, the difference was strikingly visible in a sea of ratcheting buckles, hook-and-loop straps, and wire dials, and with the Empire SLX Reflective Shoes, Giro ensures that they're also more visible in low-light conditions. The shoes have the standard model's pro-tier stiffness and low claimed weight of 175g, but they come equipped with a reflective sheen that grabs attention while you're pedaling.

The Empire SLX is the second tier of Giro's Empire line-up. Easton's EC90 SLX2 carbon outsole is the main upgrade from regular Empire models, and it's also the culprit behind the shoe's peloton-proven efficiency. The previous iteration of Empire soles has been plenty stiff enough for the likes of Phinney and Wiggins, and this one's no different—it's just made from lighter carbon and it includes titanium hardware to make it weigh even less. It still maintains that super low stack height, which in turn keeps your feet closer to the pedals to minimize the power loss that occurs with thicker cleat plates.

The SLXs are wrapped with the same, single piece of Evofiber microfiber used in the heavier Empire models. This fabric is exceptionally lightweight and highly breathable, featuring perforations for added cooling. This contributes not only to the sleek, minimalist profile, but it also reduces weight.

The big difference when comparing the Empires to any other pro-level shoes are the laces. It may seem regressive to put laces on cycling shoes of any level, but the logic actually bears out. Consider the typical pair of hook-and-loop straps with a ratcheting buckle, which contacts the uppers in three places. Now consider the Empire's old-school laces, which contact the uppers in seven places. Which do you think provides a more adjustable, molded-to-your-foot fit?

The Empire's inimitable fit is finished off with 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 fiber to keep odors at bay.

  • Cycling shoes as noticeable as they are light and stiff
  • Unique uppers blends a stylish pattern with reflectivity
  • Easton's stiffest carbon sole doesn't incur a weight penalty
  • Weighs in well below most pro-tier racing shoes
  • Lace-up closure provides 7 points of contact for fit
  • Titanium hardware further reduces weight
  • Customizable arch support and anti-odor treatment play nicely with your feet during long rides

Tech Specs
Upper MaterialEvofiber
FootbedUltralight SuperNatural Fit Kit,
SoleEaston EC90 SLX2 High-Modulus Carbon
Recommended Useroad cycling
Manufacturer Warranty1 year


Cycling Footwear
36   5 3 23
36.5   5.5 3.5 23
37   6 4 23.5
37.5   6.5 4.5 24
38   6.5 4.5 24
38.5   7 5 24.5
39 6.5 7.5 5.5 25
39.5 7 8 6 25
40 7.5 8.5 6.5 25.5
40.5 7.5 8.5 6.5 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   9 28
44 10.5   9.5 28
44.5 11   10 28.5
45 11   10 29
45.5 11.5   10.5 29
46 12   11 29.5
46.5 12.5   11.5 30
47 13   12 30
47.5 13   12 30.5
48 13.5   12.5 31

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>Rating: 5

Giro Empire SLX Reflective Road Shoes

I've used it several times
Runs small
Size Bought
5` 11"
215 lbs

I wasn’t sure about buying lace up shoes as I have had Velcro and Boa closures most recently. I ordered a 1/2 size larger as it was still in stock. Absolutely love these shoes!!! You get 2 different removable soles with different sized arch supports-I settled on medium. The feel to me is close to a fine pair of wingtip shoes. Love the laces which are also quick to replace if needed-and they give you a spare set of laces of a different color. The reflective upper really works when lights strike it...nice to have yet another visible piece to alert motorists! Firm sole for power transfer! On sale at Backcountry and used Klarna to finance...couldn’t be happier with the product and experience with Backcountry!!! Happy


My dress shoe is 12 to 12.5, running shoe is 13. Currently I have a bontrager shoes EU size 48. Sixe chart for this shoe says about a 46. Recommendation?

I would recommend you go with the 47 or 48 depending on width of your foot. These runny narrow and a little short.