Giro New Road Republic Shoes Army/Gum, 44.0 – Men’s

Giro New Road Republic Shoes Army/Gum, 44.0 – Men’s

Giro New Road Republic Shoes Army/Gum, 44.0 - Men's
@ Modeled along the same lines as the top-level competition Empire shoes, the New Road Republic Shoes democratize the casual-meets-cycling aesthetics of Giro’s lace-up cycling kicks. Instead of the low weight and high price of the ambitious Empire, the Republic features a walking sole made of DuPont’s Zytel nylon and armored with replaceable, sneaker-style walking pads that provide plenty of grip while you’re navigating the pedestrian world between rides. Of course, the Republics are cycling shoes, so the soles are still plenty stiff and bipedal freedom doesn’t come at the cost of efficiency when you’re pedaling a bicycle. They also feature a breathable, durable, non-stretch microfiber upper that’s similar to their imperial cousin, and the seven points of lace-up contact mean that the fit is just as customizable. A loop on the tongue locks the laces down after you’ve run the bunny around the tree, so the laces sit tight in their rabbit hole instead of hopping into your chainring.

  • Upper Material: perforated microfiber
  • Closure: lace
  • Footbed: EVA molded
  • Sole: DuPont Zytel nylon
  • Cleat Compatibility: 2-hole MTB

List Price: $ 150.00

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3 thoughts on “Giro New Road Republic Shoes Army/Gum, 44.0 – Men’s

  1. 28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Not durable enough for daily abuse as a messenger, July 4, 2014
    By 
    A. Pink

    First off: these are wonderful cycling shoes. I love the effectiveness of the lace enclosure and the look and feel of the shoe.

    The walkability is on par with other mtb cycling shoes I use when I have to get off my bike. It’s “smoother” but no better or worse. I felt like the heel off the shoe could use more rubber on the sole. After a long day of work, my right heel would feel bruised. A better insole would have alleviated this issue.

    These are great for all day comfort though. I never got hot spots. They don’t need to be cinched down to your feet because the shoe is designed to retain your foot well. I would wear my laces medium-tight to tight and feel no loss of power.

    On the bike these shoes could have been stiffer in my opinion. However, these are designed as “touring” shoes and I suppose that has something to do with the flexibility.

    Everything aside, these shoes are not made to last. Seriously. The rubber sole pieces wore out and separated from the replaceable plastic bits in ONE MONTH. This is unacceptable even for a messenger. I ride somewhere around 500 miles a week and spend just as much time standing and walking around. Replacement sole insert are nowhere to be found. Hey giro, don’t advertise replaceable parts unless you actually sell the replacement parts. It’s a bad look.

    Overall, these are probably good for commuters and the weekend tourers out there. But if you demand serious quality and durability from your cycling shoes, look elsewhere.

    I do plan on purchasing the Giro empires for my road bike. I still love giro products, but the republics are not for me.

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  2. 13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Walkable riding shoes, February 2, 2015
    By 
    M. Norman
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    I got these shoes because I wanted a footwear solution that allowed me to take advantage of having a direct connection to my bicycle, but I was tired of the toe clips. In tandem with Shimano PD-M520 pedals, that dream was realized with these shoes. They’re comfortable enough to walk around in all day and walking in them is not a problem at all. Until the pads wear out. As others have mentioned, the shoes are perhaps not made for walking per se so much as they’re easy to walk in if necessary. Extended time out of the pedals is apparently quite detrimental for the pads, which don’t just wear down, but fall off completely. Thankfully, they are replaceable, so not all hope is lost. Nevertheless, the loss of the pads also means the loss of a lot of grip when walking as the plastic pieces behind the rubber are left bare, a situation that can be quite unnerving on more slippery surfaces such as tile flooring. Not an absolute deal breaker for me, but I will definitely not do as much walking on them once I replace the pads.

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  3. 6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Awesome urban/touring shoes, September 5, 2014
    By 
    Will (Chicago) –

    I’ll just start off by saying that I love these shoes. I commute through Chicago with them everyday and I’ve also used these on a tour from Seattle to San Francisco, so I’ve put 1500-2000 miles on them so far. Because of the traditional lacing system on these shoes, the fit is superb and can be adjusted to fit many shapes and sizes of feet. I have a high instep, so most other bike shoes crush my foot, but these fit like a charm; on the other hand, if you a smaller foot, you can tighten the laces down more. The materials on this shoe are top notch: the synthetic upper conforms to your foot and is very comfortable andall of the stitching is holding up well. The traction pads on the bottom of the shoe have great grip, but a couple of them are falling apart a bit and one of the screws fell out, but I have been pretty tough on these shoes. I couldnt find replacement pads anywhere online, so I contacted Giro directly and they sent me a set of pads and screws. The sole provide a good balance of stiffness so that you can pedal hard in them, yet still be able to walk around pretty comfortably. Of course, they’re nowhere nearly as stiff as my carbon road shoes, but I never feel like these shoes slow me down because of it. Also, I found that the stock insole doesn’t provide any support and was pretty uncomfortable for me, so i swapped it out, but I also have high arches and my feet need more support than most. Overall, fantastic shoes though.

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