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Making the 2016 BikeExchange Top Bike Product Shortlist - the Giro Empire SLX.
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The Giro Empire SLX is the shoe of choice for American cycling prodigy Taylor Phinney and superstar Sir Bradley Wiggins. That alone probably says everything you need to know about how good and stylish these shoes are!
Wiggo has rocked these shoes at Paris Roubaix as well as his Hour record breaking ride and subsequent return to the track. Recently Wiggo been sporting the gold version, a colour choice only he could pull off, whereas Phinney favours the crystal white.
Giro have gone with the laces option, explaining that they give greater points of contact with the shoe, therefore creating a more customised fit. It has also enabled Giro to use a one piece upper, saving weight and leading to a total of just 175 grams. Regardless of the reason, the retro look gives an edge of coolness and style that BOA's or clips do not. A big question on the laces is the need for riders to tighten or loosen their shoes on the bike, but as Phinney explains, "you don't see a marathon runner stop in the last 15 minutes of a race to tighten his shoes".
The outsole is made from unidirectional high-modulus carbon giving it incredible stiffness to go along with its super light weight. To cater for all foot types, the Empire SLX also comes in a women's fit and a 'high volume fit for those with wider feet or high arches.
For breaking new ground at the same time as saluting the past, the Giro Expire SLX road shoes make the top five road products of 2016.