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GiroEmpire VR90 Cycling Shoe - Men's


Item # GIRZ31F

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Why We Like The Empire VR90 Cycling Shoe

The Empire VR90 proves that less is indeed more, sporting a one-piece microfiber upper and boasting one of the lightest weights in MTB footwear. Giro’s Evofiber blends mesh and microfiber effectively wicking moisture from your foot while maintaining an extremely fast-drying outer. The VR90 embodies the process of improving pace and maximizing potential.

  • Off-road specific shoe with minimalistic lightweight construction
  • Microfiber outer-material ensures maximum breathability in scorching temps
  • Rubber toe-cap and mid-foot guard keeps you charging through technical terrain
  • Lugged outsole accommodates steel toe spikes (included)
  • Performance footbed with adjustable arch support provides customizable fit

Tech Specs
Upper MaterialPremium Evofiber, Teijin microfiber
LiningXT-2 anti-odor fiber top sheet
MidsoleSuperNatural Fit Kit
SoleEC90 carbon fiber, Vibram rubber lugged
Cleat Compatibility2-bolt
Activitytrail, cross-country, cyclocross
Manufacturer Warranty1 years


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

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

Best Cycling Shoes I’ve Owned

I've put it through the wringer
True to size
Size Bought
5` 11"
188 lbs

Was hesitant to spend the money but well worth it. I will not look for anything else as I kept trying out shoes at local shops and nothing seemed to impress me until I received these. I’d consider myself a Groadie as I do an equal amount gravel and road riding on my one bike, these shoes work perfect in both scenarios which typically is riding on road to get to dirt. Comfortable on long mixed rides, super stiff and responsive, and clean incredibly easy. Also I have never had issues with the laces coming loose as this was one of my concerns.

>Rating: 5

Tough to Fit Feet - My Dream Shoes

I've put it through the wringer
True to size
Size Bought
6` 73"
185 lbs

Completely stiff, very light, ok to walk in, durable and very very comfortable. With previous shoes (sidi dominator, specialized) I was having pretty severe foot pain from my toes smashing front of shoe when mountain biking. Pain so severe that I had to count to help ignore the pain during races. Big race was coming up and I needed to do something. Tried 5-6 different pairs in seattle area, everything that I could get my feet into and nothing was very good. Ordered 6 pairs of shoes from all over the internet in multiple sizes, every brand i could find in my size. These were the only shoes that really controlled my foot. The laces are key - the included arch support was a nice touch. I normally wear a 12.5 but have an enormous arch and can't get my feet into many boots. These shoes are simply awesome. I happily paid full msrp for the first pair. Bought a second pair when bright red was on sale at 1/2 price. Absolutely no regrets these have been terrific. Laces are good for about 2.5 years but shoes are going strong. I am 100% singlespeed mtb, rain or shine and I don't even think about my feet any more.

>Rating: 5

Great Gravel Shoes

I've put it through the wringer
True to size
Size Bought
6` 0"
205 lbs

These shoes fit the bill for a lightweight, stiff gravel/road shoe. They have a kind of cool, retro look and don't look or feel too clunky when used on the road. No issues with the laces although I did shorten them so they don't flop as much (there is an elastic keeper to hold the loose ends). The uppers do seem to break in with time. I wouldn't rate these as the coolest shoe but I can't say that my feet ever get uncomfortably warm - just that the breathability seems below average. I have narrow, low volume feet and these shoes fit beautifully with no heel slippage when walking. There is choice of three arch supports for the insoles and the shoes come with an extra set of laces. I've only used these shoes in clean, dry conditions so I can't attest to their durability in rough, wet or muddy riding but I expect that they would cleanup and dry pretty quick. I've only ever had to wipe them with a damp cloth.

>Rating: 5

Great Gravel Slippers

I've put it through the wringer
True to size
Size Bought
5` 11"
150 lbs

These are my go-to shoes for gravel adventures. Super comfy and stylish. Soles are stiff and upper is comfortable. I have a mid-wide foot and these don't aggravate the my wide(ish) foot at all. Laces are super secure and don't loosen up or release pressure. Size 44 fits my 10.24 size foot like a glove. Haven't worn these in a mtb setting, but imagine that they'd be equally has impressive.

>Rating: 4

Even fit, good aggressive XC/CX shoe

I've used it several times
True to size
Size Bought
5` 7"
148 lbs

I ride the ACC Empires, so these fit very similarly. I've found the material on the shoe to be very supple, almost too supple for trails. It's easy to overtighten the shoe with the laces - more so than my ACCs for some reason - and the material is already scuffed and torn (not all the way through) from brushing rocks. The exposed carbon on the bottom gets easily imprinted if you have to scramble over anything, but the Vibram rubber is brilliant at gripping. These may not be the best shoes for XC trail adventures. These are probably way more suited for CX and Gravel at this point. I have yet to find a shoe with a BOA fit that feels good to me for racing. These fit that need but are just a little less prepared for adventures on the MTB when you're not racing. If you want to race XC and CX and can only afford one shoe like me, these are still your shoe, but beware that they will get beat up quickly if you find yourself adventuring on trails when not racing.

Hey Gabe! Did you buy them a little big? How do they break in? Thanks.