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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 11:41 pm 
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I've definitely ridden cooler shoes. We've only maxed at ~18C locally and when I take them off they are a bit sweaty. People whom sweat a lot may need to look for another shoe for their hot summer rides. Personally, I feel I will be fine with them throughout the summer.


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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 12:04 pm 
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Due to distributor changes, they're not being brought into the UK now. Aaarrrrggghhhh!!! So my order from January has been cancelled, just ridiculous ... you US customers are very lucky.


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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 3:13 pm 
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Have someone buy a pair and mail them to you.


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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 4:23 pm 
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such as who? anyone over there in US want to do such a nice thing for a disappointed but very keen Brit? I have Paypal .....


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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 4:44 pm 
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I'd be happy to, where did you order them from?

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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 4:55 pm 
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I'd be happy to as well. I'm actually heading into Western Bikeworks tomorrow and could pick up a pair. That saves one round of sales tax and shipping.


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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 5:02 pm 
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But do they have a pair of the LE Electric Blue ones in a 45?

I would be very happy if I could get a pair of these, thanks


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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 5:04 pm 
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Looks like the electric blue sold out yesterday.


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PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 5:07 pm 
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yes but I've emailed and waiting for an answer. If they can get another pair in stock, I will be taking up your kind offer, thanks


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PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2013 8:48 pm 
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If I'm happy with a pair of S-Works road shoes in 42, will I be happy with a pair of Giro Empire in 42 aswell?

Are Specialized and Giro shoes about the same when it comes to sizing?


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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 2:43 pm 
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@Seaholm - I am not this will completely answer you question, but it will hopefully motivate you to seek out more answers before making your purchase. I ride Specialized Pro shoes size 45 before Specialized offered three widths (i.e., when the toe box was roomier without being a true wide). I tried on a pair of Empires, and I found size 46 to be ideal. I did not purchase because I am not sure if the toe box will conform to my feet; as they were, I was against the wall not in an uncomfortable manner but enough to make me hesitate.


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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 5:03 pm 
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Not doubting you headwind, but that is completely different from my experience. My (pre-width) S-Works are virtually identical to my Giro Empires (both 44). If anything, the Giros are just a hair longer (though that is probably more the toe box being slightly roomier in the Giros). I have narrow-ish feet, so perhaps that accounts for our difference... though it is baffling to me that you would go up a size in Giro and still be "against the wall". I wonder if the box was mis-marked of the size you tried on.


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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 7:34 pm 
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@Vmac - I should clarify in that I had room length-wise, but my sides of the feet were pressed against the insides of the shoes. Again, I was not uncomfortable, and the sides did stretch, but I was wary due to an injury sustained due to a too narrow shoe (I was incorrect in believing the shoe would stretch out enough - my fault).


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Ironically this is actually what got me to order a pair of these over the Factor's as an alternative pair to my Prolights. Living in a very northern state that gets stupid cold during the winter and is only really warm for ~3month's or so I actually wanted a pair of shoes with a closed toe *no toe mesh/cut outs etc...*. The Empire's are perfect in this regard since I always seem to get cold toes riding, overly sweaty isn't an issue ever really.

Also, really excited to try these out as I see some awesome possibilities with the laces opposed to straps etc.. I'm a fairly frequent runner that always messes around with alternative lacing on my shoes to get them tight/loose where I want so this appeals to me a bunch.

Anyone tried different lacing methods/styles with these so far? Only thing I have seen is Phinney's over/under the sole thing

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I've definitely ridden cooler shoes. We've only maxed at ~18C locally and when I take them off they are a bit sweaty. People whom sweat a lot may need to look for another shoe for their hot summer rides. Personally, I feel I will be fine with them throughout the summer.

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PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 9:35 am 
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My back-ordered/sold-out shoes magically arrived yesterday... #267 of 400. I have to admit, they are VERY comfortable on the feet (former S-works, now Sidi wire wearer). They are also stupid-light! I haven't installed cleats or ridden in them. I put them on and stood around on the carpeted floor just to get a feel for them. I like them... a lot!

I found the S-works shoes were a touch too narrow for my forefoot, but gripped my heel well. The Sidi wires have a perfect toe box but feel a little looser in the heel (fortunately adjustable). The Empires seem to be the best of both worlds... comfy forefoot and a snug heel. I need to ride them...


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