Giro brings back the style and function of old-school road bike shoes with the stiffness of modern materials like carbon fiber. There's something rather elegant in the simplicity, and a lot of performance in there as well. Check out our take on the Empire.
Einstein Cycles: What makes this product special?
Cody Sovis: Fast shoes are nice. Laces are comfortable, simple, and easy to replace if necessary. Plus, the Empire used the same materials and soles of Giro's other high-end shoes, so it's a very cool mix of old style and new technology.
Ec: Why did you get them?
CS: The big testament to me was seeing Grand Tour riders that can ride anything they want with these shoes on, and in a lot of different races. From time trials to Classics races to Grand Tours, more and more riders are slipping into these. I was really impressed with the design, the overall look, and knowing that Giro just makes some great stuff.
Ec: Any tips on color coordination.
CS: Get the base black or white, then use the laces to get fancy.
Ec: Does is come in hi-vis?
CS: It sure does!