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    Reflective shoes to a whole new level

    Giro is releasing a new version of their Empire road shoe that is completely reflective. Check out the video of them here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=P...&v=g9KUYtANP4o

    I'm seriously considering picking up a pair of these for commuting purposes. What do you guys think?

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    Certainly couldn't hurt. I tend to prefer MTB shoes being that they are a little easier to walk on IMO. But, as you say, may be worth trying just to be a tad more visible.

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    They will help from behind a bit, though reflective ankle straps or socks will work too. The problem from the side is that the shoes are reflective, not actively lighted, so that you have to be almost in front of the car for enough light beam to light them up for the driver. I'd rather have my front rim respond as it gets there a bit before my foot does. If the person is about to launch or has launched from a stop but not too aggressively, maybe there is time, otherwise the driver will recognize that they are about to run right over a cyclist. Not a lot of help, really.

    My old Sidi's have a reflector on the back, were as expensive 6 years ago, and have the nice velcro adjustable from the saddle fastenings. And are about the most comfortable shoes I own. If I want them more reflective, I can get some Volvo paint.

    If one is in the market for new shoes, then why not if you like laces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by z1r View Post
    Certainly couldn't hurt. I tend to prefer MTB shoes being that they are a little easier to walk on IMO. But, as you say, may be worth trying just to be a tad more visible.
    Looks like the MTB version (Republic) will be offered in reflective too. And only 85 bucks? This may be the first Giro thing that I buy and keep as long as it doesn't fit stupid like their other things
    You change your own flats? Support your LBS and pay them to instead.

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    If these fit anything like the Republics, GET THEM!!! I love mine and they are absolutely perfect for commuting.
    The pedals turn, not just the left one, but the right one too.

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    cool factor is really good, but I don't do clipless.
    check out my youtube channel if you want: https://www.youtube.com/HACKANDRIDEBIKES

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    I ordered the Republic reflective version. I was in the market for a new pair of clipless anyway so I don't have to commute to work in my muddy cross shows the day after a race.

    I agree that they certainly aren't a cure-all for visibility issues, but my thinking is that it certainly can't hurt. Unfortunately, I'll only get 2 months of use out of them before they go in the closet until April.

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    Link to the reflective version?
    The pedals turn, not just the left one, but the right one too.

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    *drool* I hope that you enjoy them as much as I have been enjoying my Republics.
    The pedals turn, not just the left one, but the right one too.

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    Did you get these yet? Impatiently waiting to hear your take on them.
    The pedals turn, not just the left one, but the right one too.

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    Not yet. I think it may be a few weeks before they ship out based on the availability on the website. I'll post here when I receive them.

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    OK. Please hurry.
    The pedals turn, not just the left one, but the right one too.

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