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Empire SLX Cycling Shoe - Men's

4.666666666666667 out of 5 stars
3 Reviews
$243.72 - $374.95
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Color:Carbon Black


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Empire SLX Cycling Shoe

At just 185 grams, the recently updated Empire SLX Cycling Shoe from Giro is breathing some pretty rarefied air. Not many shoes on the market come within 100 grams of the iconic Empire, but it's not giving up anything in terms of performance, either. The new uppers are constructed from Synchwire, the same lightweight, low stretch, and quick drying material used on the range-topping Imperial. In fact, the new Empire uses the same upper and outsole as the Imperial, however, it trades out the BOA dials for laces, saving some 60 grams in the process and offering an even more personalized fit and the option of some color customization.

The new version is highly breathable and receives some mesh windows for additional airflow. The lightweight upper doesn't suffer from lack of stiffness though, and it receives additional structural support from its thermal-welded Teijin TPU sections. It also provides pro-level performance and a comfy fit right out of the box. If you haven't used lace-up cycling shoes yet, you should know that Giro uses special tubular-woven laces that are specially designed to remain tied, and there's also a lace garage on the top of the tongue to ensure they don't get tangled in your drivetrain.

Those uppers are attached to a refined Easton EC90 SLX2 Carbon Sole that receives additional resin for improved durability. This sole is amazingly stiff, and thanks to its unique construction, has one of the lowest stack heights available at a paltry 6.5mm. A low stack height means smoother pedaling and more efficiency and of course less weight. It's finished with stainless steel hardware and replaceable heel pads which both improve durability.

Between the uppers and the sole sits Giro's much-lauded SuperNatural FitKit, a long name for its user-tunable footbed. These insoles have swappable arch support inserts so you can tune the fit of your shoes precisely to the shape of your feet.


  • Giro's iconic Empire gets a makeover, proving lace-ups are here to stay
  • New Synchwire upper design increases breathability and durability
  • Thermal-welded Teijin TPU reinforcement boosts support
  • Tubular-woven laces allow for a custom fit and stay tied
  • Updated Easton EC90 SLX2 carbon sole receives more resin for more durability
  • Replaceable heel pads and stainless steel hardware improve longevity
  • SuperNatural Fit Kit insole with adjustable arch support dials in the fit
  • XT2 anti-odor fiber top sheet keeps odors at bay
  • Item #GIR00MJ
Upper Material
SuperNatural Fit Kit
EC90 SLX carbon
Cleat Compatibility
3-bolt road
Claimed Weight
[single, size 42.5] 6.5oz (185g)
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Overall Rating

4.5 based on 3 ratings

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5 out of 5 stars

May 17, 2023

Unparalleled Performance and Design

I've used it several times
Size Bought:
Size 47
6' 1"

Giro Empire SLX Shoes: Unparalleled Performance and Stylish Design When it comes to cycling shoes, finding the perfect balance between performance, comfort, and style is paramount. The Giro Empire SLX Shoes effortlessly deliver on all fronts, making them a top choice for discerning cyclists. With their lightweight construction, exceptional power transfer, and sleek design, these shoes are a game-changer in the world of cycling footwear. One of the standout features of the Giro Empire SLX Shoes is their incredible weight. Weighing in at a mere 175 grams, these shoes are incredibly light, making them ideal for riders looking to minimize excess weight and maximize speed. The lightweight construction doesn't compromise on durability, as the shoes are made with high-quality materials that ensure long-lasting performance. The power transfer provided by the Giro Empire SLX Shoes is truly unmatched. Thanks to the Easton EC90 SLX2 carbon fiber outsole, every watt of power generated by the cyclist is efficiently transferred to the pedals. This translates into a noticeable increase in speed and overall performance. Whether you're sprinting for the finish line or conquering a challenging climb, these shoes provide the support and responsiveness needed to push your limits. Comfort is of utmost importance during long rides, and the Giro Empire SLX Shoes excel in this area as well. The shoes feature a SuperNatural Fit Kit, which allows for a customizable fit. With three arch support options, riders can tailor the shoes to their specific needs, ensuring maximum comfort and minimizing the risk of discomfort or pain. The breathable Evofiber upper promotes excellent airflow, keeping your feet cool and dry even during intense rides. In addition to their exceptional performance, the Giro Empire SLX Shoes also boast a sleek and stylish design that sets them apart from the competition. The minimalist yet eye-catching design is a testament to Giro's commitment to combining form and function seamlessly. Whether you opt for the classic black or one of the vibrant color options, these shoes are sure to turn heads on the road or at the local coffee shop. The attention to detail in the Giro Empire SLX Shoes is evident throughout. The replaceable heel pads ensure longevity and make maintenance a breeze. The traditional lace-up closure not only adds to the shoes' aesthetic appeal but also allows for a more precise fit, eliminating pressure points and maximizing comfort. The reflective elements on the shoes enhance visibility in low-light conditions, prioritizing safety on the road. It's worth mentioning that the Giro Empire SLX Shoes may not be the ideal choice for riders who prefer the convenience of a quick closure system like BOA dials or Velcro straps. While the laces offer a classic and secure fit, they may require more time and effort to adjust compared to other closure systems. However, for those who appreciate the timeless charm of laces and don't mind the extra minute or two spent tightening or loosening them, this shouldn't be a significant drawback. In terms of sizing, it's important to note that the Giro Empire SLX Shoes tend to run slightly small. It is advisable to try them on or consult the manufacturer's sizing chart before making a purchase. This will help ensure that you select the right size and experience the optimal fit for your feet. In conclusion, the Giro Empire SLX Shoes are a testament to Giro's dedication to crafting top-tier cycling footwear. Their lightweight design, exceptional power transfer, customizable fit, and stylish aesthetic make them a standout choice for serious cyclists. While the lace closure system may not be for everyone, those who appreciate the traditional charm and don't mind the extra adjustment time will find these shoes to be a perfect match. So, if you're ready to elevate your cycling experience to new heights, slip into a pair of Giro Empire SLX

Eli S
4 out of 5 stars

August 25, 2021


I've used it several times
Size Bought:
5' 9"

This is my third pair of Giro’s. All have been comfortable and have a solid road feel. Six years and tens of thousands of miles and each still going strong. After my fifth ride in the new SLX l noticed two divots out of the toe on my right shoe. A first for any pair of my Giro’s. The new SLX is light with a glove like fit but the material is thin. Compared to my other pairs I’m a little concerned about the durability of this shoe.

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5 out of 5 stars

April 4, 2021

Empire SLX Cycling Shoe - Men's

I've used it several times
Size Bought:
5' 8"

Very comfortable going looking shoe. Air flow design will be perfect for the hot summer days in Sacramento, CA. I only ride in a Giro because of comfort and aesthetic style. Go Giro Go! (40 years of running have taught me the importance of essential gear - Giro fits the bill)

David P