began taking pre-orders April 24 for a limited-edition Giro Empire mountain bike shoe it will begin selling exclusively Jun 1 at at and  The high-performance, cross-country race shoe will be available in “Backcountry Blue,” retail for $299.95 and be available in sizes 39 through 48-including half sizes.

The Empire, shown to the right, is outfitted with a lightweight and versatile lacing system designed to offer superior fit, comfort, and power, the shoe minimizes volume while maximizing response. The Empire also features one-piece Tejin microfiber uppers to decrease weight and increase breathability, an X-Static Supernatural footbed for superior fit, and a Easton-Giro-developed EC90 carbon fiber outsole for increased power transfer.

The shoe was displayed over the April 25-27 weekend at the 11th annual Whiskey Off-Road bike event in Prescott, AZ, at the Bike and Gear Expo. 

“Collaborating with industry-leader Giro to create and offer bike enthusiasts a high-quality, one-of-a-kind mountain bike shoe is an exciting opportunity for us to grow with our vendor partners and bring a unique, limited-edition product and shopping experience to our fans,” said CEO Jill Layfield. “The Empire shoe in Backcountry Blue is a beautiful product that’s functional and a sure standout on the trails.”