Robwrote a review of Giro Empire SLX Cycling Shoe - Men's on September 2, 2019
Familiarity: I've used it several times
Who: I’ve been riding for more than 20 years and racing for most of that time. I race mainly Cyclocross but spend most of my time on the road and gravel.
What: I bought these shoes based on simplicity: they’re light, they don’t have any complex closure mechanisms and, in my opinion, they’re a sharp looking shoe. They replaced the top level Specialized shoe SWorks 7 as I found the toe box too long/wide and struggled to get half sizing from different retailers (I was riding a 43 in Spec, I bought a 42.5 in Giro - much better fit). This is my second pair of Giro’s and I’m becoming a bigger fan each purchase.
Where: I bought them right here on Competitive cyclist. I ride mostly in Marin, California. That said, I’ve recently moved here after working in Singapore for a few years and these shoes would be brilliant in the tropical Singapore heat.
Ride impressions: You’ll immediately notice how light the upper on this shoe is. The impact is that it will feel flexible and almost ‘stretchy’. In my opinion this makes the shoe feel super comfortable. My feet feel like they have room to move but the shoe fits very close and very well. They are a bit ‘pointy’ but no more so than the volume fo other shoes on the market. They do not impact my toes. As a previous Bont rider these don’t feel in any way restrictive. The laces are wonderful. It took about 1 ride for me to get the tension right and now they’re great. I’ve never been one to adjust my shoes mid ride so...
In summary: A lightweight, comfortable, sharp looking shoe.