Giro Launches New Flat Pedal Shoe Line

Apr 16, 2018
by Daniel Sapp  
Giro Riddance Mid
Giro's Riddance Mid

Working with riders such as Kurt Sorge, Carson Storch, and Graham Agassiz, along with Vibram rubber experts, Giro has designed a new line of flat pedal shoes. The shoes are said to offer a combination of grip, protection, durability, all while being stylish. There are three different shoes. The Riddance, the more robust of Giro's new shoes, comes in both men's and women's offerings and sells for $129. The Riddance Mid is $139. The Jacket II, slightly lighter and more casual, is $99. The shoes are available now on Giro's website and from authorized Giro retailers.


Riddance, Riddance Women's, Riddance Mid

The Riddance, Riddance Women's and Riddance Mid are the most robust shoes in Giro's new line. They have a Vibram Megagrip ISR rubber outsole that Giro claims to be the stickiest compound they've used in a shoe. It is reinforced with Rockprint for additional durability along with rubber toe and heel reinforcements. The EVA midsole helps with vibration damping and there's a molded DH specific EVA footbed with arch support. The shoes have a microfiber upper that is water-resistant and breathable. Laces are kept out of the way with a lace keeper on the Riddance while the Riddance Mid has a power strap at the ankle for additional support, protection, and lace management. Weight for the size 43 Riddance is 430 grams and the Riddance Mid is 445 grams.

Giro Riddance Mid
Riddance in dark red.
Giro Riddance Mid
Riddance women's in glacier mint
Giro Riddance Mid
Riddance outsole


Jacket II

The Jacket II is somewhat more casual but still retains some of the performance characteristics of the Riddance. The outsole is Vibram Ecostep, designed specifically for flat pedals. Like the Riddance, it has a water-resistant and breathable microfiber upper and a lace keeper. There are also toe and heel reinforcements for protection. Instead of the Riddance's DH footbed, the Jacket II has a die cut foam footbed.


Giro Jacket II
Jacket II in olive
Giro Jacket II
Jacket II in midnight

Giro Jacket II
Jacket II outsole



MENTIONS: @GiroSportDesign



123 Comments

  • + 119
 Sorry but Sam HiIl runs FiveTens and since most PBers ride at his level, so this is a no-go.
  • + 31
 Yeah, but Gwin rides giros and I can speak from experience that these hold up really well. They don't delaminate like five tens. Stealth rubber is a superior grip, but that's not the only thing that makes a good shoe.
  • + 28
 @Joegrant: It's not the only thing that makes a good shoe, but it's pretty much the only thing that matters
  • + 17
 @Joegrant: yes- my freeriders lasted 8 months before the stiching on the uppers split and the pedal pins went through the sole in multiple places. My Giro jackets however, have lasted 14 months, they are still going strong, but could do with new laces.

510 have slightly better grip and much better marketing which is why the fashion driven industry follows them like sheep. The quality used to be great until addidas bought them.

Don't be a sheep, pinkbike
  • + 7
 @Joegrant: Gwin and Rude wear spd shoes.

www.giro.com/us_en/chamber.html
  • + 18
 These are less Geriatric than FiveTens.
  • + 1
 The arch of my Freerider soles are separated from the actual shoe at this point, 3 months of riding. Still, they grip like no fucking other! I'll happily super-glue them back together for as long as they can make it.
  • + 1
 @Mtb4joe: True. but the same quality carries over.
  • - 1
 @piersgritten: interesting. i had the opposite experience with my 510s and giros. 510s outlasted the giros, they outperformed the giros in the grip and comfort department, but the 510s look horrible. so completely opposite impression that you got.

i decided to stick with 510 because theyve proven themselves over the years and i didnt want to follow the next best thing (giros) like the rest of the sheep
  • + 1
 @High-Life: I guess you mean orthopedic.
  • + 3
 @siderealwall2: don't super glue dude, rubber glue! Much better. Shoe goo is a brand but there are others, super glue sets brittle, no flex.
  • + 1
 @nozes: Haha, exactly. There is nothing remotely cool about 510s in terms of aesthetics. They look like My First Shoes by Fischer Price. But who really cares when you're riding? Comfort is ok, way too much room in some places for me so I stuck some Vans ultracush insoles in there. Grip is brilliant so gotta give them that.

My ideal shoe would be a reinforced Vans upper, say in the the Chukka mould, Vans ultracush insole. 510 sole but with Vans waffle for area outside of pedal contact point (it climbs better in the wet).

So the build and sole of a 510 with the comfort (and looks) of Vans.
  • + 1
 2FO 2.0. Nuff said.
  • + 2
 @siderealwall2: My 510 soles also separated, after 2 years of riding. I liked them so much, I did actually super glue them back on and they are still going strong! Smile
  • + 2
 I have destroyed 5 pairs of 5/10's in previous seasons. Now on season 2 (& they still look decent!) of my Giro Jacket mids including a winter of riding the north shore! #bombershoes
  • + 1
 did you just start watching EWS, Riche Rude, Giro. Done
  • + 1
 my five tens grip like a mfer that is all
  • + 27
 Is it that hard to add some sort of speed lacing function to flat pedal shoes?
  • + 12
 Or even just a strap on a low top?
  • + 27
 add a strap = take my money.

to add insult to injury, the laces on 5:10s are so long, it feels like I am tying up a couple of small intestines (unless I cut them down).
  • + 11
 @dtax: seriously! I actually sent 510 and email showing them how ridiculously long the laces are. Haha do they really think people wear them like kids wore skate shoes in the early 2000’s?
  • + 1
 @andnyleswillriot: I always double cross laces same as on my 3y old kid's shoes, have no clue why they decided to ado so
  • + 1
 @andnyleswillriot: Yes!! Five Ten does it for their Kestral Lace, but that's a clipless shoe... where's the strap love for a flat pedal low shoe??
  • + 6
 @ianwish: a few years ago a rep told me there’s no market for it. Then every time an article about flat shoes pops up on here, everyone wants it. Go figure..
  • + 1
 Elastic laces on all my shoes, hate laces for MTB or active wear, crazy - Velcro aint much better, elasticated is the way, just like granddads slip-ons
  • + 1
 @andnyleswillriot: no not everyone wants Velcro shoes.

My current pair of freriders have lasted less than 3 months before they’ve started to split.
I just got a pair of Jackets so it will be interesting to see how well they fair
  • + 1
 @andnyleswillriot: like hot hatchbacks and German wagons with a stick shift - plenty of rabid desire but not enough volume for the bean counters. And when one does emerge (like the VW R32) it gets snapped up quick.
  • + 1
 Shimano's new GR9 has a speed lace set up
  • + 1
 @dtax: true story I made the mistake of not double knotting them and halfway up a climb they got wrapped around my pedal axle.... Now I always double knot, not for security but to keep the laces in place..
  • + 1
 this! make a flat shoe with boa or some kind of velcro strap and take my money now!
  • + 1
 @andnyleswillriot: I belive the strap is only put on the SPD versions of shoes because it secures the foot when pulling up on the pedals. You can't do that on flats, so it is not required.
I've never had an issue with laces on flat pedal shoes, but living in the UK I wouldn't consider using a shoe without a lace cover. This both keeps splashes of water out of my shoes and keeps the laces clean/tidy/tied.
  • + 2
 @twozerosix: Being a GTI owner I can very much vouch for this lol
  • + 16
 I had an older set of Giro shoes (2015) with soles just like the Jacket shoes. They didn't grip for turd.
  • + 2
 Same problem with the outsole. The cleats on my pedals destroyed the vibram sole! Shame, because the fit and look was spot on. Better options out there for sure.
  • + 4
 Same here. All those Vibram nobbies tore off where the pedal pins made contact in under a year of use.
  • + 1
 @bvd453: The soles lasted for about 3 months for me. Shame as the uppers were good.
  • + 1
 @thatpeskylimey: Agree. I had the chamber first. It is/was excellent. The jacket is rubbish.
  • + 1
 I have last years jackets and definitely agree on the grip depending on pedals. I picked up some DMR vaults to replace some deity pedals I had and suddenly the shoe was perfect though. The vaults gripped my 510s wayyyy too much but with the Jackets they were perfect. I think this speaks more about the Vault pedals being grip monsters more than anything though.
  • + 1
 They have to grip better than 2F0s surely? I’ve had 2 pairs of them and it’s like my pedals have no pins them sometimes
  • + 8
 I still can't understand why we can not get lace covers on platform shoes.

510 gives one option, in a awful psychedelic print. Still the right stiffness of sole, and tread pattern

Shimano has a cover but seems to think we want a extremely soft sole that flexes around pedal along with a tread pattern that literally lets the pins float around the shoe tread as it flexes

Giro Riddance tread desigh looks good, but the Jackets will have the same tendency as Shimanos pattern in that when the pin sits in the pattern, the pattern just folds over giving the rider the feeling the shoe is floating on pedal.

And why does only the The Riddance Mid get a small lace cover. Do the low's have a secret lace that is perfect length and can not come untied?

The complaints of a rider that has ridden flats for 37 years
  • + 0
 I have some older 5.10 clipless shoes with a lace cover. They’re so hot and heavy, I only use them for winter commuting.
  • + 0
 shimano gr9,
  • + 12
 does it come with an assault rifle ? if no sam hill wins
  • + 13
 Yeah, I won't be buying these along with a new camel back because guns. I have to DO something!
/sarcasm>
  • + 7
 And you won't ride FOX suspension because they do milspec stuff? @optimumnotmaximum

Plenty of good people who love bikes work at Bell, Giro, Blackburn. And working there since before Vista acquisition.

(Not a fan of Vista *at all* btw, including but not limited to their gun market involvement)
  • + 1
 @dontcoast: just had to troll, but seriously: the would have to make it a very good value to beat 5.10, because their shoes are no where as good. Adding a free rifle could be the solution, after all they are made in house.
  • + 1
 @optimumnotmaximum: oh you just want a deal on a firearm with your shoes. maybe they'll email you a discount code haha

I've had both good pairs and shoes with issues from both giro and five ten, giro warranty is more solid now than 5.10 in my experience.
  • + 6
 Why is it that we’re still getting shoes in either black, dark drab, or NEON. What about light brown or light grey or other colors that dont make them look like typical skate shoes?
  • + 2
 5.10 Freerider Canvas if I remember right the model name. They come in nice blue/grey color and are nice. Just don't ride them in wet since they absorb water like a sponge.
  • + 1
 @vid1998: Yes, I own them, perfect colour!! And yes, bug f*cking sponges... I spray them down with a waterproofing spray every few rides or so... seems to help some.
  • + 5
 That Riddance Mid looks sweet. Mid height, decent water resistance, and a top strap to cover the lace knot. (5/10 listen up you need to make a Freeride Pro Mid with a top strap!)
  • + 1
 they should indeed!
  • + 4
 Now that Addidas has fully absorbed Five Ten into their German operations, and it has become almost impossible to get Impact Highs in larger sizes, the Giro Mids are definitely worth a look.
  • + 2
 I'll be very disappointed if they don't make a Impact Pro hightop.
  • - 2
 @dirtpedaler: Though I don't support Giro because of the Vista Group affiliation, I *did* try on some size 48 Chambers and they were too small for me. I have been wearing Shimano DX shoes in 48 for over ten years but this year's Shimano AM7 and 9 shoe sizing changed and is way too small. I found a pair of 2FOs and they're *ok*, just a hair too small. I'll have to use em as my DXs are ragged.
  • + 3
 @sngltrkmnd: I tried out a gun, but didnt buy it.
  • + 5
 Get SCG’s small company. Legit shoes. 70 bucks. Done with all these corporate greed machines
  • + 3
 Has anyone else ridden SCG's? Price is right just to give them a shot.
  • + 4
 @beaverbandit: Yep. Ridden in them for 1.5 years. Still have my first pair. They've made Mids since 2015 too..
  • + 1
 @filmdrew hows the scg sole compared to og freeriders? Stiffer? Grip?
  • + 1
 @Eaglit: yeah maybe just pm me for more info. I don't wanna troll these guys' post too much haha
  • + 4
 @filmdrew: nah, go for it - give us an essay. (I want to know too) Salute
  • + 2
 The “ riddence” shoes look great. Scrambling up steep, rocky loose stuff while carrying a bike plus a day or two worth of gear ..I’ve come to miss the extra ankle support from hiking boots/ mountaineering boots/ aggressive trail runners.

Excited to try these.
  • + 1
 Having owned Impacts for a few years, I found they're perfect for pure DH. But, when it came to FR/DJ, I didn't like how I couldn't feel/grab the pedals so well. Don't even get me started on the weight. I got a pair of Spitfires and they fixed that issue for me, but the Stealth rubber was waaaaaaay too grippy for my liking.
Working at a shop, I was able to get some Jackets for a price I couldn't refuse. I've been using them for several years now and have zero regrets. For the way I ride, they work the best.

To each their own.

Go ride your bike!!!
  • + 1
 I have over 900 miles on my 5.10 Impact VXi. This will be my third DH season with them though I doubt the sole will make it through this year. Honestly, except for the sole they look brand new. And I have over 2000 miles on my 5.10 Freeriders. The Freeriders are over four years old and the sole is pretty torn up but the shoe construction is still in good shape. I haven't had the same quality issues others expressed though I have friends who have had similar delamination issues from years past. I have no complaints against my 510s but it's always good to see other options.
  • + 3
 i had a pair of giro shoes and with humidity, sun, winter, rains, etc they started to destroy and the vibram outsole crystalized and the pedals ripped it off
  • + 4
 Why is strap being added only to high sole models? that the most important piece of shoes
  • + 1
 Fashion
  • + 1
 I trashed two pairs of Giro jackets in a year, and I only use them for trail riding. Pedal pins on my Shimano flats have literally chewed the soles away. Compared to my last pair of 5-10(karver) which stood up to 6 years of riding and digging trails...
  • + 1
 Will their soles become more durable? The pattern falls apart and next thing you know you have no grip. I speak from experience and my brother has gone through 3 of them in less than 2 seasons
  • + 1
 Laces still suck. Ill stick with my Shimano GR9. Had giro Jackets, and five ten freeriders last year before switching to the GR9 and as shoes are now im never going back to Giro or Five Ten
  • + 3
 1200 people a year are killed over shoes so I have decided to virtue signal by no longer supporting anyone who makes shoes
  • + 2
 good on ya m8
  • + 3
 I prefer my shoes shipped to me by angst-ridden Floridian BMX'ers thankyouverymuch. SCG!
  • + 2
 The Afton Keegan seems to do the best job for me..decent grip, stiff enuf but not snowboot stiff...
$100, stealth colorway.????????
  • + 1
 Agreed - and we have a murdered out color on the horizon.
  • + 0
 So how long did the doctor say you had to wear those? They look like corrective shoes. Too plain. Ugh. Only thing worse that they could have done is just have 3 Velcro strips for fastening. Is the nursing home their target audience? My favorite was the original Intense branded 5.10.
  • + 1
 I have a pair of Jackets I've worn for two years as an everyday shoe, bmx shoe, mtb shoe, and trail building shoe. They last and have plenty of grip if you have decent pedals under them. 510 look like skechers
  • + 4
 Good Riddance, I say. FiveTen Stealth Rubber is still the best.
  • + 1
 The price and sole remind of a certain brand,,,hmmmm!??!! Either way those are some greasy ugly ass kicks but keep em coming.
  • + 1
 You lost me at .. Vibram rubber .. You could have used any other available rubber compound out there. Why Vibram ? It's the worst.
  • + 3
 I’ll try the Aftons before these.
  • + 3
 Afton shoes are actually pretty good just got a pair last week so far so good
  • + 2
 @nlibot33: Thanks guys!
  • + 1
 Can anyone comment on the fit vs 5-10? I've been having to ride 5-10 due to wide feet...has anyone tried these or similar? Thanks
  • + 1
 Now if they could do the mid in an spd format, because inner ankle protection makes sense.
  • + 2
 five ten are to grippy for me, giros all the way
  • + 2
 what in the hell does that even mean? You can never have too much grip, that's silly
  • + 3
 @andnyleswillriot: you are wrong.
  • + 1
 @piersgritten: ohh... got em
  • + 2
 I concur.

Rode 5-10's for a couple/few years, but it was nearly impossible to reposition my feet in the chunder - had to literally lift my shoe off the pedal to do so. I've had Jackets for a several years and it's a perfect balance for me.
  • + 3
 Put my Five Tens on the other day, I want to like them so bad because I feel like an idiot even having them otherwise, but my Adidas street shoes are better. The problem with the Five Tens is I can't adjust my feet, so I position my foot wrong mounting the bike, then I'm screwed.
  • + 1
 I ride crankbrothers, but can I wear this my desk job, ‘business casual’?
  • + 2
 .....want a full metal Jacket II, just in case..
  • + 1
 Finally! I love the original jackets. Glad to have another option from giro =)
  • + 1
 Five Ten Freerider Pro master race
Light, stiff, water resistant, sticky as f*ck. oh and expensive Frown
  • + 1
 I really liked my jackets, just bought some spitfires tho so looking to see how they compare
  • + 1
 Spitfires are a great DJ shoe...you'll probably wish you had more for DH/FR, though.
  • + 1
 A bullet in the head of five ten. Take that foot wear producing enemy. Not that we remember the whole gun banter eh?
  • + 1
 Swat and combat approved. Comes with a matching .556 semi auto as a release special.
  • + 1
 I'll take the mid please! Thank you
  • + 1
 Are we collectively ok with Giro/AR15 now?
  • + 4
 yup!!! never had a problem, as a matter of fact when the news broke about their connection to fire arms, it helped me decide on my latest helmet purchase and picked up a Giro Montaro.
  • + 12
 couldn't care less, guns are just tools the problem is with people
  • + 1
 Heck yeah. Now I can match my AR.
  • + 1
 f*ck that, $140 for a glorified pair of Nike SBs...
  • + 2
 How much do Nike SBs cost? Do they have a sticky compound rubber sole?
  • + 1
 @Rattles: i paid 60euro for my SB pro (with a discount code tho) and they do not come with special sole (i mean it may be special for skateboarding but they dont grip flats very well)
  • + 1
 looks like a Teva. With better rubber.
  • + 3
 I liked the fit of the Teva but needed the grip of the 5.10
  • + 1
 The Riddance upper and the Sole is a copy of the Specialized 2FO.
  • + 1
 ..
  • + 1
 The upper on the Riddance doesn't look like a 2FO or 2FO 2.0 to me. Simple google image search confirms this. The tread design on the sole is very similar though. Just like Specialized Butcher's were originally a copy of Maxxis Minion DHF's, there are only so many good tread designs out there.
  • + 0
 five ten or fuck you
  • - 2
 those look siiiiiiiiiiiiick
  • + 5
 ..said no one ever!
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