Look, helmets are cool and all – they do save your life – but I still can’t get over how rad Giro’s new Empire VR90 shoes look. It’s like someone plucked my ideal MTB shoe from my brain and hit the print button.
Check out more color options and factoids at Giro. While you’re there. Poke around for more fall / winter 2014 releases…
A few years back, I posted about these shoes, which I still have in my possession (obviously). While they’re no longer NOS – after a few rides on the track bike – they are in still pristine condition. As a matter of face, I have all three of these shoes in the “Related” sidebar, all sitting in my office now after living in storage containers for years. I’m not sure what sparked this particular Merckx Mondays, other than seeing Golden Saddle Cyclery using their Merckx Adidas shoe box to hold limes when I was in LA last week…
Nothing wrong with that!
I’m telling you, the more I ride buckles and straps, the more I wish they were laces. Giro has now expanded their Empire platform to include the SLX model.
Read the press-release and see more photos below. Loving that color!
The Color Dipped Collection continues at Specialized, with a bright, neon blue treatment. Last month’s Chartreuse came and went, leaving this blue and what appears to be a neon red for June and July.
See June’s offerings below and head to your local Specialized store for ordering.
To keep your summer bright for the next three months, Specialized will be offering a “Color Dipped Collection“, featuring three products, all washed with the same color. The first month being chartreuse and I’m guessing a blue and a bright red or orange will follow.
See the full offering below and head to your local Specialized shop to order this limited edition set.
These look awesome. I kinda wonder if I could squeeeeeeze into a pair? Head over to Giro’s Facebook to buy a pair, or to buy a pair for your lady!
Last year, Giro introduced their new Terraduro shoe at Eurobike. This was a heavy nod to the growing enduro crowd, salivating for “enduro specific” products. For the rest of us, who don’t enduro, bro – these shoes offered a new Vibram sole to a tried and true MTB platform.
I’m sorry guys, there will be a lot of product drops today and yes, all of them will be in limited numbers. The latest from Giro’s First Friday 50 however, look damn fine and I don’t even wear brown!
To purchase these Sepia Leather Empire shoes go here:http://on.fb.me/Ohtzef
Mobile checkout go here: http://bit.ly/1ikXxY5
Why is it that the raddest shoes are always the ones never slated for public consumption? Case in point: the Eloquence of Movement Project that Fi’zi:k is promoting.
A little backstory: 2014 is David Millar’s final season of professional racing. He wants to go out with a bang, raising money for a charity and exploring his career as a pro through a series of conceptual cycling shoes.
These shoes were designed by VCRC Style Council in partnership with Fi’zi:k and will be auctioned off for the Small Steps Project.
Each pair was hand made in Italy and are completely insane – like the Milano Sanremo editions pictured above.
Head over to Fi’zi:k to see what all is on the auction block.
Yesterday I was wearing my first-edition Giro Empire lace up road shoes. Ever since I first put those shoes on, I couldn’t get over how comfortable they were, right out of the box. There was virtually no break-in period.
Now they’re the only road shoes I wear. I’ve found that the laces actually allow for a lot more wiggle room and stretch than traditional buckles or velcro, meaning I don’t need to adjust them at all once they’re on my feet. Also, the laces have never come out of the loops, which is a concern of many people.
My only qualm with the first edition Empires is that I don’t always want to wear patent leather, which is why I love the new offerings (not pictured: white, because I hate white shoes). The all matte black, black and fluoro orange / yellow look amazing.
Check out more at Giro and yes, I’ll post my pair of well-used shoes later this week.