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Giro Stylus Road Cycling Shoes



Decent road shoes with good cleat compatibility and easy-to-care-for good looks
Two- and three-bolt compatibility
Well made
Easy to clean
Not much support from the footbed
Fairly basic for the money

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The Giro Stylus is described as a shoe that's 'no frills, just the fundamentals done right', and that's a pretty fair description. You're not getting any bells and whistles but it's a decent shoe that's not expensive and performs well for most riding. Having said that, you can have some of those more premium features elsewhere at this price.

Check out our guide to the best cycling shoes for more options.

What you're getting is a shoe with a fibreglass-reinforced sole and a single-piece synthetic upper, with three Velcro straps to stabilise your foot. The sole has a heel bumper but not much tread up front, and it's drilled for both two-bolt and three-bolt cleats. The heel tab is reflective, and there's a removable insole. And that's about your lot.

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At first glance the Synchwire single-layer upper doesn't look to be ventilated, but it does have micro-perforations on the front and at the sides to allow a bit of airflow. It's not the most breathable shoe for sure, but in UK conditions where it's more likely your toes will freeze than overheat, it's pretty good. The three straps allow you to get a decent fit across your whole foot, and they're easy to adjust on the fly.

Putting the power down reveals the sole to be, well, stiff enough. I'm sure you're desperate to learn what number on an arbitrary scale the sole is in terms of stiffness, but I'm afraid I'll have to disappoint you – here you get an equally unhelpful 60N/mm measurement instead. Sixty Newtons of force where? A millimetre of deflection measured where? Anyway, I have my own arbitrary scale of sole stiffness, and this one's about a six or seven. Stiff enough, at least until you're in the third cats. It's not a monolithic race shoe – there's enough flex to add a bit of comfort.

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They're not that great off the bike, but no worse than most; with smaller SPD cleats fitted, the lack of grip on the sole is more obvious.

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The arch support in the shoe is apparently 'medium', which leads me to wonder what's below that. There's very little shape in the footbed – it's essentially flat – so if you have high arches then you'll probably want to swap out the pretty basic insole.

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For all that, I didn't find them uncomfortable, even on longer rides. The lack of shape would be a problem if you're racing – getting enough support for sprinting means doing them up tighter than I'd like, and they're not especially stable – but for just riding along they hug your foot well enough.

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Sizing is more or less mid table; I'm either a 47 or a 48, and I picked a 48 here, and it's generous without being over-large.

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At 664g for a big pair of shoes they're not light, but at under a hundred quid you can't really expect that, and they're not a heavy outlier either.

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They've worn well, and the black at least is easy to wipe down and care for; I can't speak for the white or red options.


Value-wise, well, they're okay. If you use a three-bolt cleat then there are better shoes out there for the same money, particularly the Boardman Carbon which has a carbon sole and dual dial closures for £15 less than this.

If you're going to fit SPD cleats then Decathlon's Rockrider 900 shoes are probably the pick of the bunch, and even cheaper at £80.

If you're going to be racing then it's worth looking at Bont's Motion shoes, too, also £80, for the stiff sole and low stack.


The Stylus doesn't really offer enough to stand out at this price point. It's a good shoe, and I don't really have anything particularly negative to say about it, but for £100 you can pick up more features than you're getting here.


Decent road shoes with good cleat compatibility and easy-to-care-for good looks test report

Make and model: Giro Stylus Road Cycling Shoes

Size tested: 48

Tell us what the product is for

Giro says: "The Stylus™ features our premium Synchwire single-layer upper that conforms to the foot, and provides phenomenal structural support and ventilation. Three compression molded Velcro straps provide tried and true tightening to create a comfortable, supportive fit. Our injection molded nylon and glass fiber outsole, with over-molded heel and toe pads plus a universal 3/2 cleat bolt pattern gives you the power and versatility you need to get the most out of every ride."

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How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?

They're easy enough to wipe down, at least in black.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

They're decent shoes for the money.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Two- and three-bolt compatibility, they're well made and easy to clean.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Not much support from the footbed and fairly basic for the money.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on

You wouldn't say they were great value when you can get dial closure and a carbon sole for £15 less.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Probably not.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Probably not.

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It's a pretty good shoe, but for £100 I'm expecting a little bit more. Decent overall but not the best at the price point.

Overall rating: 6/10

About the tester

Age: 50  Height: 189cm  Weight: 98kg

I usually ride: whatever I'm testing...  My best bike is: Kinesis Tripster ATR, Merida Scultura, Dward Design fixed

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, commuting, touring, club rides, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track

Dave is a founding father of, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.

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