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The breakthrough in shoe technology
Last Post 07/09/2014 06:01 PM by ed custer. 4 Replies.
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07/05/2014 02:00 AM

Giro "Empire SLX (shoes), weigh only 175 grams — that's lighter than the Mavic Huez (190g), Bontrager RXXXL (199g), and the old Giro Empire ACC (215g). The new uppers use a material called Evofiber SL, which saves 30 grams. The (breakthrough) , Giro says, allow for a customized fit across the top of the foot."

(The breakthrough) "may seem old school, but they have a few definite advantages. Most notably, seven contact points (instead of three or so with straps and ratchets) allow for a better fit over the top of the foot. The old Empire has become a favorite in the VeloNews office for precisely that reason."

That breakthrough?  Laces.  Man would I love to see those come back as an option for all shoes.  (My lace-up Pumas of the '70s were the most comfortable cyaling shoe I ever owned.  Enough so that I laced them tight for a 105 mile race I knew would be decide on a hill at 90 miles.  It was (and for me that hill was epic.  See the thread out there now).  I finished completely fried.  Halfway into the 4 hour drive back home I realized I still had my shoes on and in fact, hadn't even loosened the laces.  They were still comfortable.  Of course they also used that breakthrough fabric that form fits to feet.  Leather.   Perhaps that technology will be discovered in my lifetime.

Quotes from the Velonews website.  The site name gives away the breakthrough or I would have posted it.


Gonzo Cyclist


07/06/2014 10:44 PM
cool stuff, the Giro rep brought a pair by the shop, they were pretty sweet
I still have my old school lace up Nike's, still super comfy when I put them on, but I have not ridden in those in years


07/06/2014 10:53 PM
In order of desirability:

1) Velcro straps
2) Boa
3) Buckles
4) Laces

I've always thought buckles stunk. The jam up with mud, break in wrecks and are a general pain in the arse


07/09/2014 12:52 PM
I rode Detto pietros for years - the ones with wood soles. Nothing stiffer around. Once used to them there was nothing better Very supple leather uppers. I rode those for about ten years until I finally moved to clip less pedals.


07/09/2014 06:01 PM
I used Detto Pietros as well, Remember once getting my laces on my right shoe getting stuck in my big ring.

I've never had a problem with buckles myself. No complaints. Nothing wrong with velcro either, although most top line shoes don't have them...
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