Review: There’s no need for disco slippers when the Giro Chamber II shoes are so good

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James Vincent gives up his usual toe-tappers to test out the burly Chamber II shoes from Giro.  The original Giro Chamber was launched back in 2014 as a casual, skate-inspired shoe that would look as good off the bike as it would on, while still having enough pedalling performance to suit the needs of Aaron Gwin who helped design it. As is the way with these things, after a year or four, it’s time for an update, and in this case we get more than a new colour – Giro has tidied the shoe up and taken on board some criticism of the original to give us the catchily named Chamber II. Compared to the original Chamber, the construction has been streamlined somewhat, giving the shoe a sleeker and more refined look without sacrificing any of the protection of the originals. The styling is still a long way from your classic disco slipper SPD shoe though, and they’re still more than capable of being worn down the pub without too many raised eyebrows. Talking of which, Giro has introduced some additional colour to the design, so the shoes aren’t a solid lump of retina stabbing blue at the end of your legs. They’re still pretty blue (and show no sign of fading), but at least there’s some variation to the design. Onto more practical matters, the velcro for the strap has been lengthened so the strap no longer flaps about in the breeze. The sole has also seen some significant...

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