I received some Giro ACC road shoes as a christmas gift a few years back. At the time, I was trying to invest in hi-viz options for my road kit without coming across as FREDISH.
I was digging the ruby red colorway of the GIRO/COMPETITIVE collab on these bad boys, so I added them to gift list, and was lucky enough to receive them!
I love these shoes. Super lightweight, very stiff sole and easy on the vision balls.
Unfortunately, the reflective finishing on the majority of the shoe started to wear within 6 months, creating a blotchy, inconsistent pattern easily viewable- both in daylight, and when acting in its reflective properties. After touching base with competitive about the issue, they were kind enough to send me a new pair. It was another 6-7 months before the problem started to arise again! BUMM DOG.
I started to do some digging on the option of custom painting my pair of road shoes. I didn't know if there were any viable options, and I was willing to risk the outcome, given the fact I was so frustrated with the current finish problem. I was going to continue in wearing my road shoes, since their performance had not been compromised, only the aesthetics.
Enter Angelus Direct.
Angelus is a paint manufacturer and distributor which supports the niche world of sneaker customization. They offer paints and finishes purposed for shoe color customization. I cam across their product, bc of this youtube video which i found to be exactly what i was looking for! Rides of Japan on Youtube has a step-by-step process on how he utilized Angelus's synthetic leather paint to give his Giro road shoes a makeover. bingo! the internet is an amazing thing.
I began mocking up colorways and decided to go with the classic ACC contrast, but with custom color swatches. plus, ive been digging on white shoes recently.
I ordered a few new GIRO decals from a local vinyl cutting printer. I also used our cycling club's new "chubby king" decal for a nice custom touch on the inner shoe.
When it was all said and done- this was a fun project, that brought invigoration to a current piece of gear.
If you'd like more details on the process, give Ride of Japan's video a watch I linked above.