Hipster Loot: hand-made, vintage-style motorcycle boots

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When my girlfriend was showing me these boots earlier I flippantly asked, “$700?” As it turns out, they’re downright affordable. Like the Chevrolet Aveo and Fender guitars, Gasolina boots are made in Mexico, where labor is, apparently, cheap. By Gasolina’s own admission, their boots are “made completely by hand, and each pair is very time consuming to make.” Both their Classic Boots and Dress Boots retail for $189. The vintage styled Spats, only $119.

Gasolina credits Grand Prix motorcycle racers such as Mike Hailwood, John Surtees, Jeff Duke, and Giacomo Agostini for the design of their Classic Boots, black leather constructed with a heavy back zipper, non-CE approved double layer leather for ankle protection and shift pads, and welted rubber soles.

The Dress Boots are brown leather with two buckles and laces and welted rubber soles.

Their Gasolina Spats steal the show for me: they can be worn over boots, or any shoes with a heal, and are perfect when you’d like “extra leather between you and the elements.”

There is a catch, however. Some common sizes are on back-order because the cobblers (yes, cobblers) in Guanajuato are busy replenishing the supply.


  • Dumptruckfoxtrot

    Thanks! I never thought I’d see gear on this site that I could actually afford.

  • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

    $189? Might be time to retire my 7 year old Docs…those Classics are amazing.

    On a complete tangent, there is a story about somebody complaining about the “inferior” quality and craftsmanship of Mexican-made Fender guitars to Leo Fender, when their new factory opened up. His reply? “Fender’s are made in Southern California. They’ve ALWAYS been Mexican made!”

    • Thom

      Mark ;

      By the time Leo ” might ” of made that comment , he was well and good out of Fender , running G&L . So even if he did say that , it was , knowing the old codger , a bit of sarcasm on his part . He HATED what Fender had become after he’d left .

      • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

        Hehe, that may also be true. I’ve always read it as implying that the Mexi guitars aren’t lower quality because Mexicans are dumb and can’t build guitars.

        For what its worth, I play a Japanese ESP. Way better than a new American Fender.

        • Thom

          Mark D ; An insiders tip to improve your ESP ( which is also pretty damn good ) Go thru ( or have someone else if you’re not comfortable with fine soldering techniques ) and re-do all the Cold Solder joints ( there will be at least a couple ) on the Electronics .

          FYI ; All Factory Built guitars have cold solder joints .

          You’ll be amazed at the improvement in sound and response .

          • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

            Good tip, actually! My soldering skills are shite, but there are some good guitar techs here at Berkeley.

            Thread = totally hijacked.

            • Thom

              Hijacked , but for a good cause ( Good Guitar advice is always a worthy cause ) :o)

              • ike6116

                I can say that Mark D’s band is in no way offensive to listen to.

    • Thom

      But Mark D I’m with you . May have to see if Size 11.5 are in stock . If not I’ll wait . Hand Made . $189 . Classic very cool looks . Like GD’s boots of the 20′s . How can I resist ?

  • Thom

    The boots and spats are very cool . Looking like what Grand Dad wore on his H-D Outfit in 1926 . Which is a very good thing ( sorry Martha )

    But uhhh………. all Fender guitars are not made in Mexico ! With the best of the bunch being made in the USA . If you can call any of the current products from Fender ” Best ”

    Hint ? Most of us playing for a living have our ” Fenders ” either custom built ( mine ) by an independent , or highly highly modified . I’d say more but this is a M/C site and I don’t want to glom things up around here . Just take my word for it . What the Label says on stage , aint what’s underneath .

    • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

      I’ve always been partial to their Japanese made basses, actually.

      • Thom

        For what Fender is charging for their ” American ” made guitars as well the the ” Custom Shop ” you can have a completely Custom Built ” Fender ” made to your specifications and requirements . At the same price or less with 10 X the quality as well as follow up service when you need it .

        But in a pinch you’re right . The Japanese Fenders aren’t bad at all . Pretty decent actually .

    • Sean Smith

      Some Fenders are made in Mexico. Like these boots, a Mexican strat aint half bad.

      • James

        I like the Fender J bass sound, but I cannot for the life of me find a comfortable one. I’ve been playing Carvin’s for 10 years now, I love ‘em. I’ve got a fiver and a fretless six that I think will keep up with just about anything on the custom market.
        Er boots, right. Really feeling the classics, for 189 you can’t go wrong.

  • kidchampion

    Those spats will go great with my whip and my Indiana Jones hat!

  • Thom

    Their Dress Boots . Two thumbs up ! Might garner a few odd stares . But what the heck ! I’m an Iconoclastic SOB ! Love “Firefly” and “Serenity “And I do Aim to Misbehave . So why the heck not ? Especially at these prices ! Bet they’ll look good on stage as well !

  • aristurtle

    The Dress Boots are rubbing me the wrong way; I don’t know why. But the Classic ones look fantastic.

  • markbvt

    I wonder if the zipper along the back has a significant effect on comfort. Seems like it could irritate the Achilles tendon when flexing the boot backwards.

    Great-looking boot though. Might have to get a set to wear when I’m riding my Bonneville.

    • http://www.lgdm.fr stempere

      From the website :
      “Our boots have a soft leather flap that runs the entire length of the zipper, blocking wind and protecting your socks, pants, and skin.”

  • Kirill

    Well I know what boots I’m gonna get when I pick up a vintage bike

  • Steve

    Hipster gear that I might actually want to buy? I think I’m breaking out in hives!

    Thanks for the heads up about this one.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      It’s a slippery slope. Next thing you know you’ll be in skinny jeans and dating tattoo models.

      • a hipster

        when you move here, im gonna make you run everything you want to call “hipster” by me before writing it….you’re giving us a bad name.

        these would be cool if they were $700. if im gonna spend $150ish, they better be vintage.

        • Steve

          Perfect! Soon we’ll have a committee to decide what is and is not “hipster approved.” Next will come a rule book, a code of behavior, and a “how hipster are you” quiz. Then Hipster’ism will be dead and we can move on to something else.

          • a hipster

            i’m in.

          • Roman

            Um, hasn’t all this already happened? Or are you being ironic? Hipster…

            • a hipster


        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

          I think the headline, which was written by Sean, is more about baiting the readers who’s butts get hurt every time we publish an article on any time of clothing that’s not a $5 pair of WalMart sweat pants than it is actually identifying these boots as appropriate hipster costume.

          And don’t even front, my hipster cred is massively higher than yours Mr. Hair Straightener.

          • Kirill

            Are you trying to say that $5 Wal-Mart sweatpants aren’t appropriate riding gear? Cause I saw a fat guy on a ‘Busa the other day wearing those very pants.

          • Denzel

            LA hipster v. NY hipster…discuss…

            • Sean Smith

              Every city has it’s own breed.

            • Thom

              LA vs NYC according to Gallager ;

              In LA you can be driving next to a guy in a Rolls Royce with a Bimbo Trophy Girl by his side and the latest fashions on that’s on Welfare

              In NYC you can be on the Subway next to a Multi Millionaire Entrepreneur wearing Persol 916′s a pair of ratty jeans and these boots .

              LA – All show – No go

              NYC – Substance before Style but for God’s sake be stylish

          • a hipster

            i’ll take that challenge.

            list your hipster cred…..

        • Thom

          Gee .. never knew Price had anything to do with Hip . Unless of course you’re confusing ” Trendy ” with ” Hip ” In which case you need to rename yourself >a hipster <

          • Gregory

            Portland, OR, hipsters rule them all. Hell, it’s even gotten to the point where the anti-hipster Hipsters wear, “Fuck you hipster,” t-shirts as they walk down SE Hawthorne.

            • a hipster

              we wear those too….we like the irony.

              we will never admit we are hipsters and bash on others for being hipster.

  • http://www.muthalovin.com the_doctor

    Call me when they make ass-less chaps.

    • http://greatjoballweek.blogspot.com/ Case

      that’s like asking them to call you on the telephone telephone: all chaps are ass-less.

  • Ted

    Order placed. Damn you HFL and your affordable hipster gear!

    I wear my Sidis most of the time and I keep an extra pair of dress shoes at the office, but these are just damn good looking boots for around town riding and commuting.

  • JonB

    Can’t be worn under jeans therefore fail.

    Killer product, price and execution otherwise.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Why couldn’t you wear them under? That top buckle isn’t THAT big.

      • JonB

        Test a pair of Classics and let me know.

        • ontheroad

          I second that. Need a pair of boots for occasions when the stormtrooper Sidi look is less than appropriate. While I’d wear them out too, it’d be nice to have the option of not looking like a jockey at times.

    • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

      Maybe not 511s, but normal straight legs are probably fine.

      If you’re a real badass, wear them tucked in all the time.

      • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

        Ha, yeah, I’d tuck my jeans into them all the time. No sense in hiding nice boots like these. I might need to accessorize with a riding crop…

        • Thom

          Outside . Inside . What ever works . Damn fine looking boot and just Outside enough to be truly hip , rather than Wanna Be Cool .

          My Credit Card hates you Wes . But my eyes and the wife say thanks !

        • http://www.muthalovin.com the_doctor

          Riding crop – Next big thing in motorcycling.

    • Barry

      They look a lot like my Wesco’s(only MUCH cheaper), and they have double buckles up top, and I wear them under my jeans all the time. Granted, I don’t favor skinny girly jeans, so it’s not an issue.

  • a hipster


    • Ted

      I preferred these boots back when they were still cows and hadn’t sold out to the leather industry.

      Cows? Nevermind, you’ve probably never heard of them.

      • a hipster

        if i hadn’t grown up on a farm, you might have been right.

  • Devin

    I laughed at the spats. Neat idea. My shifter is a stiff mother though, it would definitely hurt my foot/scuff my shoe to upshift in my dress shoes like shown.

  • http://twitter.com/chaosfart Sean

    hipster loot? I think you meant to say pirate loot.

    • Dumptruckfoxtrot

      There isn’t fringe, skulls, an eagle, or a harness on those boots. I can’t imagine those boots matching a ratty grey beard and a wife beater with mustard stains.

  • Gregory

    Nice footwear. But a few questions come to mind.

    First, how’s the grip/ tread? Can you walk along wet pavement without slipping? As nice as my Alpinestar Tech2s are, they tend to be slippery on wet/ slimy pavement. I need a pair of moto-commute boots that’s good on sidewalks and barroom floors. (Also, the Alpinestar Tech2s look clumpy-ugly.)

    Also, does the ankle bend? I mean, can you walk around (relatively) comfortably?

    Second, would they work, perhaps under jeans, for a “causal Friday” at work? They can’t be any worse than my Blundstones. If I can get away with Blundstones, long hair, ear rings and a beard, I guess I could do boots as well. (This _is_ Portland, OR, after all. I don’t think anyone wears neckties here.)

    Third, are the Gasolina “Classics” armoured? I like to think that when I crash, my Alpinestar Tech2s will somewhat protect my ankles and feet. Will the Gasolinas protect me?

    Any insight appreciated… couldn’t garner much from Gasolina’s “comments” section. So thought I’d ask here.

    Portland, OR
    2008 KLR 650 w. milkcrate

    • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate BeastIncarnate

      As best I can tell, they will protect your ego and from being punched in the lower leg by turtles. They have abrasion-resistance, though, so yay.

      They look great, don’t get me wrong, but I can’t fathom much protection from them.

  • Gregory

    And are they waterproof in any way?

    • Sean Smith

      Sure, just add mink oil and bees wax. Actually, that trick works on anything made out of leather. With just a few pieces of tape, my race suit is water tight now.

  • Marlon

    Roadtest needed!

    They look the goods…

  • http://www.cdavisdesigns.com Chris Davis

    I can’t decide if these will go better with my puffy, polka dot silk shirt and jodhpurs or my WWI reenactment uniform. Either way, I’m pretty sure the inspiration was actually Teddy Roosevelt. Pass me the mustard gas.

    • ontheroad

      Walk softly, and carry a big crop.

    • Thom

      Somebody needs to have a good long look at M/C Heritage before passing judgement . Knowing where you come from goes a long way to knowing better where you might be going

      • http://www.cdavisdesigns.com Chris Davis

        Sarcasm recognition foul.^

  • http://greatjoballweek.blogspot.com/ Case

    The Classics are bitchin. Boots you can wear for $189? I think they look pretty damn cool. With proper care you can give them to your kid when they get old enough to fit them.

    Will my Dethkiller jeans fit over? Doubtful. Fuck it: I’ll tuck them. Old school style on a new school bike.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/1962_cb77_restore/ Scott Pargett

    Two articles in one of people doing what they love, making great products.

    Pinch me.

  • stephan

    wait i don’t know if i can by wearing these in brooklyn without really feeling like i’ve gone an indifferent hipster half step too far

  • AJ

    61 comments already fuck me

  • NitroPye

    Those spats have won me over.

  • solidaridad

    I was ready to brush these off as low-grade knock-offs; of what I don’t know. But anyway, after I went to the site I am impressed. I just wonder how long the delivery time is…
    I still think the Alpinestars Scout Boots are just as cool in a different way. But now I somehow need to convince my wife of the need for two pairs of boots. Let’s see, “Honey, they’ll last a lifetime, and the company might go out of business, so I HAVE to buy them now…” Will that work?

  • Steve

    Bates is still around and still makes boots like this. Fastlanes last forever.

    • Sean Smith

      Amazingly, they’re only 60 bucks more. Still, it seems like there’s some sort of magic $200 barrier between affordable and expensive.

  • ike6116

    Not bad, but Im super pleased with my HFL featured Alpinestars Harlem boots.

  • HammSammich

    To be sure, their dress boots are a little goofy-looking, but if worn under a pair of slacks, they’d look just like a pair of oxfords – perfect for riding in to work…I wonder if they can make ‘em in black…?

  • Natasha

    Love! Thanks for posting this!

  • Jonathan Moore

    Damn, did these guys go out of business? Their website looks to be down now.

  • Greg Pesano

    Geoff Duke, spelled with a G. He’s British. Makes me wonder what other facts weren’t checked in this article.