Shoes: Giro Empire
Progression: Brining back laces
Shoelaces on a road cycling shoe aren’t exactly new, but Giro’s lace-up shoes meet the performance needs of American cycling sensation Taylor Phinney, who raced in the Empire this summer. If they’re good enough for Phinney to race, they’re probably good enough for your Saturday group ride, and they look phenomenal. They’re sure to get attention and questions on group rides.