I'm a sucker for limited edition stuff. The marketing behind it got my years ago when collecting baseball cards, I guess. Summers spent ripping packs open to find that signed card, something with gold leaf, or maybe even a Frank Thomas error card. Whatever it was, it has stuck with me, and now lives on through cycling.
Probably the only draw almost as strong as something limited edition are great shoes. I love shoes. It's been more than once that I've been called "Imelda", though that is of course a stretch.
Last year Giro brought out the Empire LTD MTB shoes, and I was in love. Having worn the Empire on the road, I was absolutely sold on the construction and fit, having them in the dirt was a no-brainer. Unfortunately I was only able to grab a single pair of those shoes, so I rarely wear them.
This year, Giro decided to pay homage to the past with the Empire ACC in Sepia Leather. While they've done a few other limited runs of Empires for the road in the past, the others haven't quite fit my style: electric blue and white/gold. Though, looking back, I really should have snagged those blue ones....
Here's the beautiful part: we are hoping to stock the Sepia Leather Limited Edition Empire in the near future. Of course sizes and quantities will be limited, that probably goes without saying. If you've never tried on the Empire, I can safely say you're missing out. I was initially drawn to them, even in their stock colors, because of the style. But once lacing them up, it was obvious the advantages of a one-piece upper, the laces allow for huge adjustability, and they are silly-light.
For now, just admire these. The color is spot on, the delivery with their bag and tool roll was spot on, and of course the fit is second-t0-none.
photos and words by Brandon Elliott