Requirements of a good road shoe for a woman: Fit, stiffness, looks and price. (Normally, in that order.)
Giro Solara Women’s Road Shoes
Colors: White with Gold/Silver accents, all White with Silver accents, Gunmetal with Berry
Weight: 270 grams (size 39)
Details: Three straps, one ratcheting closure (replaceable) and two velcro straps. Good ventilation up and under the shoe.
Initial Out of the Box Thoughts
I’m a fan of Giro shoes, I wear the higher end “guys” shoes in the Gauge and Factor. When given the chance to review a more reasonable price Giro shoe I was happy to oblige so that I could see if the comfort I find in a $200+ shoe could be found for around $150.
Right off the bat, the shoe fits. This isn’t a super narrow fitting shoe, but with solid arch support and “neutral” toe box it should fit more women off the shelf than say a Sidi or Shimano (Sidi is narrow, Shimano is wide.) The sole isn’t as stiff as their carbon versions, but this may be a good thing for women that want a bit of give in their sole.
Look for a full review in a few weeks on how the shoes and insoles hold up. Until then, check out Giro.com for more info.
Disclaimer: This product was provided at no-charge for review.