We give our expert opinion on these brand new Giro Mele Tri shoes.

Giro-Mele-Tri-ShoesGiro Mele Tri shoes

We’ve been big fans of Giro’s conventional road shoes since they were introduced and their new tri specific slip-ons are every bit as good. The sole unit is exactly the same Easton carbon EC70 piece used on their Trans road shoe, offering impressive stiffness in a very thin sole for efficient, ergonomic pedaling. You get the same small mesh-protected toe vent for drying wet feet, while toe and heel bumpers protect when walking. The Supernatural Fit insoles come with three different instep inserts to help you tune full foot support and the combination gives excellent hotspot-free comfort even on long days.

As you’d expect, the uppers get a broader padded heel opening for easy access and sock-free comfort, with a big heel pull loop above a secondary loop for crank elastic. There’s an extended mesh toe and forefoot panels for cooling while the broad double-back strap gets a notch to hold it open. It closes firmly and comfortably too and the Meles feel great whether you’re smashing out turbo sprints or spinning out Ironman distances. At 540g for a pair of size 44 they’re light too, and if our Giro road shoes are anything to go by, longevity should be good.