Giro Empire Reflective shoes light up the night

Commuter-friendly Republic LX also comes with reflective treatment

The swelling trend towards visibility in cycling apparel has brought for two new pairs of shoes from Giro: the Empire ACC Reflective and the $190 Republic LX Reflective.

Apparel companies are increasingly adding safety elements with bright fluorescents and/or reflective tabs, strips or special materials. Sugoi brought some real visual pop to riding in the dark not too long ago with the Zap jacket that’s made with Pixel, a reflective, waterproof material.

The Giro Empire ACC Reflective shoe is the same design as the original Empire that has sparked a revival of lace-up cycling shoes. Seemingly every shoe company at Eurobike 2015 has at least one lace-up model on show. Two years ago you likely would have only seen the Empire with laces.

The Giro Empire ACC Reflective uses a reflective coating in the microfiber exterior, which appears gray in the sunlight but bright white under the headlamps of vehicles.

The shoe weighs a claimed 215g in size 42.5.

The $190 Republic shoe LX design (regional pricing is TBC) was originally released as part of Giro’s New Road clothing collection, which has just morphed into a line called Venture. Now it comes in Reflective as well.

In related news, Giro has a new $85 helmets with MIPS called the Foray that shares some styling cues with the Synthe, but at a substantially more approachable price.

Check out more news from Eurobike at our Eurobike homepage.

Ben Delaney

US Editor-in-Chief
Ben has been writing about bikes since 2000, covering everything from the Tour de France to Asian manufacturing to kids' bikes. The former editor-in-chief of VeloNews, he began racing in college while getting a journalism degree at the University of New Mexico. Based in the cycling-crazed city of Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two kids, Ben enjoys riding most every day.
  • Discipline: Road (paved or otherwise), cyclocross and sometimes mountain. His tri-curious phase seems to have passed, thankfully
  • Preferred Terrain: Quiet mountain roads leading to places unknown
  • Current Bikes: Scott Foil Team Issue, Specialized S-Works Tarmac, Priority Eight city bike... and a constant rotation of test bikes
  • Dream Bike: A BMC Teammachine SLR01 with disc brakes and clearance for 30mm tires (doesn't yet exist)
  • Beer of Choice: Saison Dupont
  • Location: Boulder, CO, USA

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