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Review: Giro Regime road cycling shoes bring top performance to mid-range comfort

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Giro’s shoe range runs from about $100 up to $400, so the Regime’s $225 MSRP puts them squarely in the middle of the price spectrum. Fortunately, they perform like a high-end road shoe to justify the price. The carbon-injected composite sole isn’t their stiffest, but it’s solid, and the dual BOA L6 dial closures keep things simple.

My only issue (not quite a complaint) is that they seem to have a bit extra volume…which could be great for folks with larger feet, or anyone who likes to add more arch support. Here’s the details…

Giro Regime road bike shoe features

side photo of giro regime road bike shoes

The Regime gets Giro’s lightweight, one-piece Syncwire upper, which is basically a durable laminate over a nonwoven base layer. Non-stretch threads are trapped between them, which look like thin wires and create a grid pattern. This design allows them to punch holes or leave unlaminated sections for better breathability, all without sacrificing strength or structure.

review detail photos of giro regime road bike shoes

The BOA L6 ratchets are light and simple, but only ratchet in one direction. To release, just pull them up and the cables go loose.

bottom photo of giro regime road bike shoes

The outsole is a composite, with carbon fiber added to increase stiffness. A TPU tread patch is bonded on front and rear to help with walking.

The Giro Regime gets stainless steel cleat inserts with 5mm of fore-aft adjustment. Combine that with your cleat’s adjustment range and it should be plenty to get your pedals where you need them.

side photo of giro regime road bike shoes

There are tons of holes on the inside and outside, with a few other the toe box. No huge vents, but these seem to be enough to keep the shoes breathable.

rear photo of giro regime road bike shoes

The rear has a reflective logo, and the dual-tone heel cup gives the shoes a very high-end look. The material’s feel adds to this, giving the Regime the look and feel of a more expensive shoe.

actual weight of giro regime road bike shoes

Claimed weight for a Size 42 is 265g. My size 47 review shoes came in at 315g each.

Giro Regime ride review

giro regime road cycling shoes on a bike ride

I mostly really like these shoes. If you’ve read this far, then you’re considering them, so I’ll just get it out there: They should come with Giro’s SuperNatural insoles. Instead, they come with their Expert insoles. Here’s the difference:

giro expert insoles versus supernatural insoles with fit kit

The Expert insoles on the right have no perforations. But more importantly, they lack the swappable instep pads that let you customize the arch support like on the SuperNatural insoles on the left (UPDATE: Giro has the SN insoles available, they’re just not currently listed on their website, so just ask your local shop to order some).

Personally, I like a little extra arch support to keep my knees tracking up and down straighter, which improves long-ride comfort. But for these shoes in particular, the extra volume additional arch support would provide would fix the one issue I had with them:

giro regime road cycling shoes on a bike ride

Note the slight bunching around the forefoot’s closure. It’s not much, but it shows how much room these shoes have. For folks with broader (fatter…there, I said it) feet, these shoes are probably perfect and you can stop reading here, scroll to the bottom, and click on the Buy Now button.

My feet are neither wide or narrow. But I needed to cinch the Giro Regime up a little too much to keep my foot locked into place.

This resulted in slight pressure spots on top of the shoe, particularly at the center top, under the upper BOA cables. The BOA L6 dials only ratchet one direction (tighter), so to loosen them mid-ride required lifting to release tension, then gradually clicking them tighter. I ended up fiddling a bit.

giro regime road cycling shoes on a bike ride

The rest of the Giro Regime is stellar. Even in hotter weather they seem fine despite a lack of big, open mesh areas. I didn’t feel any hot spots under my foot or overheat, but I haven’t ridden them mid-summer yet, either.

The upper is light yet supportive. The heel cup kept my foot stuck inside, even when I loosened the dials a bit too much. The width of the sole provided plenty of support, and they ran true to size.

Overall, I’d recommend them if you have thicker feet or don’t mind spending another $30-$60 on insoles. If $225 is beyond your budget, the $150 Giro Cadet is basically the same shoe but with a Velcro strap at the bottom instead of a second BOA dial.


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2 years ago

It would be very helpful for us to understand the fit if you would let us know your dimensions of your feet.

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