Style and Design 2017: 41 Items That Are Changing the Way We Live

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Giro Empire Knit VR70

Those Nike guys know what's up: Giro has followed their lead to create the first knit-top bike shoe for dirt and gravel. The supple woven polyester is reinforced with a flexible TPU skeleton to give it some structure before it's welded to a Vibram carbon sole. The shoe is so breathable that Giro claims it reduces rider fatigue, and the chafe-free, high-ankle design keeps trail debris out. [$250; giro.com]

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