How To Choose The Right All-Around Motorcycle Boots

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How To Choose the Right All-Around Motorcycle Boots

One of the questions we get most is about the best all-purpose motorcycle boots. They’re one of the few items of protection we normally don’t take off when we arrive at our destination, which means it’s especially important that they do double duty well. Here’s how we do it.

Questions To Ask Yourself

The first thing you need to do when trying to find the best all-around motorcycle boots is figure out exactly what they need to do.

  • Do they need to look nice in an office?
  • Do they need to be waterproof or vent well?
  • Does your commute involve riding off-road or through the canyons?
  • Are you on your feet all day?
  • Can you keep a set of shoes at work?
How To Choose the Right All-Around Motorcycle Boots
Alpinestars Tech 10

Also consider your riding style and gear preferences. If you’re going to wear the boots at the office all day, you’ll probably need to look for something that will fit under your pants (which is especially difficult if you’re the skinny pant wearing type). You’ll also want to look for something a little less bulky and with as few logos or plastic armored pieces as possible.

While we always err on the side of wearing the best protective gear for the job (and encourage you to do the same), we know a lot of you aren’t ready to wear Alpinestars Tech 10’s the office just to make sure your foot is safe should a tank run over it. Often times, the better your motorcycle boots look in public the worse they’ll do at protecting your feet, so decide ahead of time how much you’re willing to compromise.

Also, answering these questions will let you know whether you need sport boots, adventure boots, riding sneakers, or some sort of hybrid.

How To Choose the Right All-Around Motorcycle Boots
Dainese Axial Pro Ins

Options We Like

If safety is of ultimate importance, you’re going to need to keep a spare set of shoes at the office. Anything from ICON’s boot collection will get you through the door without attracting too much attention and will look nice sitting under your desk, but they will look like moon boots under your slacks in a meeting.

If your commute involves some sport riding, a decent stint on a freeway, or wet/cold weather, consider Dainese sport riding boots. You’ll appreciate the performance and protection while still looking relatively nice, though you’ll also need to bring another pair of shoes to change in to once you arrive at work. Axial Pro Ins will fit the best under your pants if that’s a requirement, but all of their boots have a fairly low profile.

How To Choose the Right All-Around Motorcycle Boots
Dainese Café boot

Work for yourself or have a job that requires you to spend all day running all over town on your bike? Consider the Dainese Café boot or Dainese Technical Sneaker. These won’t offer the same protection as dedicated boots, but are better than regular sneakers and will be all-day comfortable and won’t have you looking out of place around town.

Broke and can’t afford armored motorcycle boots, but trying to find something better than your ankle high shoes? Hit the thrift stores and look for a pair of leather work boots. We don’t recommend these as a safe option, but these are better than what we see on a lot of guy’s feet. Plus, they will offer a tiny amount of ankle support, and have a fairly sturdy heel.

How To Choose the Right All-Around Motorcycle Boots
Dainese Technical Sneaker

Have a little time to wait and don’t need to make a purchase until the ice thaws? Wait until February or so when the new line from REV’IT is released that our own Wes Siler, who saw it at the AIMExpo in Orlando, called absolutely stunning.

What have become your daily go-to motorcycle boots? Are you willing to sacrifice some function for form or do you keep a set of shoes at work?

  • sharper86

    My dailies have been the Sidi Doha shoes, but they are neither good looking nor are they protective. (Points for comfort, though). I have my eye on the Dainese TRQ-Tours which seem to be a good all-weather shoe. Curious if others have experience with them.

    P.S. – would love to see a similar article on all-around two-piece suits.

    • http://www.RideApart.com/ Jen Degtjarewsky

      We can do that.

    • chunkmandible

      I’ve owned a pair for 2 or 3 months now, and I would not buy them again. On the good side, they do seem to hold up well in the wet (Freeway rides in rainstorms and my feet stayed dry). They are also pretty comfortable and seem to have OK traction. The neutral: no insulation to speak of, so in cold (less than mid-40′s), expect to freeze your toes off. The bad: the quality seems to be quite lacking. In the first week of owning them the “leather” on the left toe is abrading away as is the sole material. I’m not sure exactly what I’m doing to wear in this particular spot, though I’m guessing it the way I roll my foot off when I start going from a stop. Keep WD-40 handy if you do get them wet because the ankle joints start squeaking like a m*f*er. Finally, the finish on the side TPU “armor” is wearing off (presumably onto my motorcycle). Please note, these are my first pair of dedicated bike boots, so take my opinion for what it is.

      • sharper86

        Thanks for the feedback!

  • Mykola

    My Alpinestars Recon boots are looking rough (and discontinued, bummer!), I’d love to replace them but it’s spend-all-your-money-buying-stuff-for-others season, not spend-all-your-money-buying-stuff-for-yourself season.

  • James

    I love my ICON Patrol boots. All black, I can get away with them at work with jeans and they’re comfortable all day. I’d love to march around all day in Tech 10′s, they look so badass.

  • Mark Vizcarra

    So my made in the USA Redwings that retail for 250 are for the broke assess? I’m pretty sure my boots will last longer than those POS Dainese tech sneaker

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Sure, have fun crashing in them.

      • Jai S.

        Having held up, and inspected both the Redwings, and the Aerostich Combats, I don’t see much different in construction. Both had a solid “work-boot” construction, and I remember you saying this “…this understated pair of boots is just as protective as any of the flashy dirt boots out there…” about the Combat boots.

        Why hate on the Redwings, but praise the Aerostich?

        • Justin McClintock

          The same reason they opine as to how some Aerostich gardening gloves are great for motorcycling. That said, I’d take the Redwings over those sneakers 8 days a week myself. In fact, I’m usually in a pair of heavy work boots when I’m on the bike. And yes, I’ve crashed in them. They did great.

        • minnjohn.advrider

          Good point. Many moto boots I have examined closely (some of the low end tourmaster and gaerne boots, for example) fit poorly and basically only offer protection against abrasion. Wes Siler’s combat boots fit tighter and have some ankle support, no more or less than the aerostitch boots, or pair of well-fitted Red Wings. Just because something has “moto” in the product description doesn’t mean anything. We Americans are too easily buffaloed by marketing.

          • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

            You have no idea what you’re talking about.

            • Justin McClintock

              Or perhaps he does and you’re getting bent out of shape about it. Just because you’re a motorcycle journalist doesn’t make you God’s own boot expert.

        • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

          Because the Redwings are going to be kinda ok for riding around town and the Aerostich Combats are actually going to protection you in a real motorcycle crash.

          • minnjohn.advrider

            I generally agree that good moto boots are superior, and aero’s (from what I’ve seen at their duluth store, though not yet purchased) are an exceptional quality boot. But it appears there’s a fair bit of marginal equipment sold with the promise of protection that is more imagined than real. Compared to such boots, well made, non-moto work boots, like good red wings (made here in Mn. just south of the twin cities, btw), combat boots, etc., with a good, tall upper provide reasonable protection, at least for abrasion. It is also possible to augment the protection of those boots by inserting an ankle protector. Dianese’s product is only constructed of foam, but a small hard shell lacrosse or field hockey ankle protector can be laced into the calf of most work boots and offers surprising support, and is designed to absorb the impact of hard, direct blows. There are many riders out there who struggle to find good protective gear at an affordable cost, and with some creative thinking, it is possible to overcome this barrier. I’m just not a fan of “branding” and consumer hype and marketing, and my guess is that is true of most readers and contributors at RA. In this area, it’s all about function. I long since outgrew labels.

            • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

              Yeah, some “motorcycle” boots are cheap crap. Hopefully RideApart gives you the tools to figure out what’s going to work and what’s not.

              But at the same time, there’s nothing like the protection of a real motorcycle boot. No field hockey BS is going to work as well, just do the smart thing and wear the right gear for the job.

              There’s no “struggling to find good gear” just go on RevZilla.com and order something. If it doesn’t fit, you can return it for free.

          • Justin McClintock

            You mean like with those sturdy heal and toe boxes? Oh wait, the Redwings have those too. Or do you mean the ankle armor since the Aerostich boots are motorcycle boots? Oh wait, the Aerostich boots don’t have that. Honestly, I’d feel every bit as confident, if not moreso, in a pair of Redwings than in the Aerostich combat boots. At least the Redwings don’t have a buckle on the side that screams pressure point in a crash. You could make a nice argument if the ‘Stiches were armored behind that buckle, but I have seen no such mention of any armor in them. Again, I’ve actually crashed at speed (around 30 mph) in a pair of work boots (Caterpillar Second Shift for the record…not nearly as nice as the Redwings above) and they held up beautifully. So well that I bought a black pair to match the brown pair I wrecked in.

            • Gordon Pull

              Most motorcycle boots have steel shanks or reinforcements in the sole to prevent the boot from twisting. Work boots do not. Bottom line: Work boots don’t crash well. Motorcycle boots crash well.

              Wes has mentioned this multiple times. Get off your Red Wing high horse.

          • Jai S.

            Thank you for the reply. In what specific way would the Aerostich be better? They both lack armor aside from thick, stiff leather and a good fit. What aspect of construction does the Combat have over the Redwing that would provide additional protection?

        • appliance5000

          Watch those laces – things can happen mighty fast.

      • Joe Bielski

        I’ve been riding in a pair of Chippewa boots. They have a steel shank and (plastic?) toe box but aren’t overly bulky. I have dropped my bike around 20mph and it landed on my ankle but didn’t do much damage other than bruising. They don’t have the ankle armor like the Dainese Café boot but still felt really solid. And the soles are replaceable so hopefully these boots will last a long time. I think they are very similar to the Redwing boots.

        • runnermatt

          Some of the Redwing work boots have a Steel Shank in the sole as well. One of the other commenters, who apparently has never performed manual or technical labor, incorrectly stated, “Most motorcycle boots have steel shanks or reinforcements in the sole to prevent the boot from twisting. Work boots do not.” I found 4 on the Redwing website and have provided a link to one of them below. I wouldn’t advocate using work boots for riding and I wouldn’t advocate using motorcycle boots for work. Work boots are not setup ergonomically for riding a motorcycle and while some have ANSI safety toes, steel shanks, thick leather and are puncture resistant they do not have as much ankle protection as a GOOD motorcycle boot. Granted a GOOD set of work boots will provide more protection than the least protective motorcycle shoes/boots. Also, I’ve seen a lot of footwear marketed for motorcyclists that DOES NOT have a steel shank in the sole.

          http://www.redwingshoes.com/red-wing-shoe/4495-red-wing-shoes/4495-red-wing-mens-12-inch-boot-black

      • Justin McClintock

        Since I’m going to make an effort to be diplomatic here, I’ll state this as kindly as possible. Wes, you are a representative of your publication. Your publication makes money offering ad space on articles your readers are interested in. Attacking your readers isn’t the best way to ensure they return to your site. And for the record, it might do you a little bit of good to inspect a product such as the Redwings before damning them while simultaneously endorsing other products that are, from a function and protection standpoint, basically equivalent.

        • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

          I own a pair of those Redwings. I ride motorcycles in my motorcycle boots. Why? I like having feet. Now go click on some ads.

          • Justin McClintock

            So what is it that makes the Aerostich Combats better than a pair of Redwings in a crash? I still haven’t gotten any kind of response to that. Well, Gordon attempted to give some reasoning, but he was wrong given that most good work boots DO have a steel shank (including all 5 pairs I own). It would seem that you have some insight into this matter. We would really appreciate you sharing it with us.

          • Pablo Perez

            Why? They’re CPM ads.

      • Pablo Perez

        I have crashed in lace up steel toe work / logger type boots twice (definitely not bragging about that). First time I was hit by a truck, the second time was on the Pan American. Laces blew out both times but the boots stayed on and saved my feet (fuckin’ lucky). I’d have a hard time recommending lace up boots, regardless of branding. For my next pair, I’m torn between the Chippewa Rally Boot (~$220 on Amazon) and Chippewa engineer steel toes (~$200). I’d prefer the Rally Boots but I’ve had my feet run over / crushed enough times to (almost) insist on a reinforced toe. Regarding Redwings, I’ve had Brothers go down wearing them and they held up better than the Brothers did; Redwing quality is legendary.

  • Mike

    Dainese Pannier D-Dry something or other. got mine about 18 months ago, wear them for commuting every day, unbelievably comfortable, waterproof, and look plain enough below a pair of jeans to not be noticed in a (smart) casual setting. not sure you’d get away with them instead of shoes though. can’t fault them at all.

  • John Tiedjens

    For us mere mortals who don’t aspire to ride or look like moto GP wannabies ,years ago I was lucky enough to stumble upon these. Thor 50/50′s. They are comfy as all day long and are genuinly protective but some how don’t make you feel as though you just purchased them from “House of Frankenstein Discount Footwear Outlet” I believe Thor quit making them but it you can find a pair grab them!! ALSO they came in something beside badass black or Miami Beach white.

  • Aaron

    I actually wear Tech 10′s 99% of the time when i ride now. they offer excellent protection for someone like me who has terrible ankles. plus once they broke in they are all day comfortable. worn under a pair of jeans the white don’t look much different than any other pair of shoes

  • Beewill

    I really become a big fan of Gaerne boots in the last couple of years. They are great for those of us who have wider feet. I ride with the Gaerne Impulse boots when riding to the office. Any longer, off road, or spirited ride I put on my GX-1′s. Far and away they are the most comfortable off road style boots I’ve ever worn.

    • HoldenL

      I have a pair of Gaerne G.Flows. The craftsmanship is excellent and they’re well-designed.

  • chris ordanez

    I’m still searching for the perfect all-around motorcycle boots. They need to have Goodyear welt sole construction – I’m not paying a butt-ton of money for a pair of boots that can’t be re-soled when the soles wear out.

    The Icon 1000 Elsinore boots would fit the bill, but I’ve read a few too many reviews reporting shoddy construction – buckles breaking for no reason, the shift pad not actually being a shift pad, sloppy stitching of the soles, etc. This is unacceptable for boots that cost $245. It’s a shame too, because I really dig the way they look. If anyone knows if Icon has improved the quality of these boots recently, please chime in.

    Gasolina’s boots are so very close to the mark, but they don’t have any impact protection.

    Then there’s the Legend boots from Stylmartin. Again, very close. Plus, they’re waterproof! At first glance the soles appear to be of Goodyear welt construction, but upon closer examination they appear to be glued on with fake stitching molded in. I know Stylmartin also has the Indian boots, which they specifically say have Goodyear welt soles, but they also seem to provide very little protection and are even more expensive than the Legends. Why would I pay more for less protection?

    At this point, my best compromise would seem to be a pair of the Corcoran boots, which have been favorably reviewed here. My personal preference would be the field boots over the jump boots, because I prefer the lugged soles they have.

    I am, of course, open to suggestions.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Aerostich combat lites. Not mentioned in the article, but the best all-round boots in the world, bar none. Lifetime quality and replaceable soles.

      • anthony

        what protection do they have over a regular military American made combat boot ( which I use)?

        • Justin McClintock

          Or a nice pair of Redwings for that matter.

        • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

          They’re specifically designed for protection and motorcycle riding, not being super cheap to manufacturer and looking good on goths. As such, they have incredibly strong soles that will protect your feet from crushing and twisting, strong toe boxes, strong heel boxes and real ankle protection and support.

          If you haven’t tried real motorcycle gear yet, you really should. It exists for a reason. (hint: that reason is motorcycle riding)

          • Justin McClintock

            Wow. You really think an honest to goodness pair of combat boots is cheaply made to look good on Goths? To quote a certain moto-journalist, “You have no idea what you’re talking about.”

          • Micah Christie

            Wes, what kind of combat boots were you wearing when you had your foot run over by a double decker bus? I’m pretty sure you mentioned something to that effect once. Would you recommend those?

            • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

              Corcoran Jump boots. They’re done a good job protecting my feet around town, but I wear real bike boots any time I’m doing anything silly. There’s a big difference between something that looks decent and fits under (skinny) jeans and something that’s going to offer genuine crashability.

              • Micah Christie

                That’s an important distinction for sure. I’m not quite sold on all non-riding boots not being able to be used for nearly all riding conditions- sport riding being an exception- but most boots don’t seem to be up for dealing with the catastrophic force of a motorcycle wreck unless they’re made for riding or particularly hairy work. I’d be interested to know more crash stories about riding sneakers because while they are certainly better than all sneakers I’m not convinced that they’ll actually provide more protection than a pair of sturdy boots.

              • MattCav

                I got the Corcoran Field Boots rather than the Jump Boots (same look, but a little different) for a few reasons mentioned above – better tread/sole, steel shank, and quick lace. I’ll be re-lacing them with paracord as well. I haven’t gone down in them [yet] [Thank you, God], but they’ve definitely felt supportive, and I think they’re doing alright for an all-around city [riding] boot.

          • anthony

            okay thanks Wes, duly noted. I think I will go for a pair of Alpinestars Web Gore-Tex Boots which seem to offer everything I am looking for in a motorcycle boot ( waterproof and no obnoxious logos etc)… AND they seem to be the least dorky (i.e not power ranger/comicon boots) that offer good protection. What I really want are some Daytona’s though!

      • CruisingTroll

        Only if you have a skinny foot. If it doesn’t fit, it doesn’t matter how good of an “all-round” boot it is…

      • chris ordanez

        Thanks for the suggestion, Wes. Unfortunately, the Aerostich boots are out of my price range at the moment (just finished school, looking for a job, broke).

        Was it you or someone else on HFL that got the Elsinores back when they first came out? Do they still get worn? How have they held up. The responses from Guy and William may have renewed my interest in the these boots.

        • SteveNextDoor

          You might check Aerostich’s Sale link on occasion; I’ve seen some really nice deals in there before, the trick is finding something that is your size (a lot of the items appear to be custom order items that people didn’t claim or returned, the Combat Lites are listed now and then).

        • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

          The Elsinores are really nice. Oil them up well and take care of them and they’ll last.

    • Guy Simmonds

      Only had my Elsinores a month or two, but not had any problems with construction, or even seen any suspicious stitching. Every aspect of them seems pretty solid, much more so than my Icon mesh jacket (which is still pretty good, don’t get me wrong…) You’re right about the shift pad, but the toe of the boot is so heavily reinforced that I’ve had no problems using that to shift instead. So far, been very happy with my Elsinores, but they’re maybe not the best match for my feet – I have weird shaped feet and should’ve factored that in in the first place!

    • William Connor

      I also have the Elsinore boot. Rock solid so far, the shift pad as some call it was not really designed as a shift pad, more of a flex point in the boot for comfort. The leather holds up really well with shifting and most days doesn’t even show a scuff. I have worn them off the bike for 5 or 6 hours at a time as well. they doubled as part of a Halloween costume and were comfortable for goofing off.

  • Chris

    I work for a casual company, so I went with the Alpinestars CR-4. Looks like a hiking boot, decent coverage, and works year-round here in Colorado. Haven’t had to ride them in snow, but from 100 degrees down to about 25, they’ve been comfortable.

    • Guy Simmonds

      Those were the first pair of motorcycle boots I picked up, and I still wear them regularly – partly because they’re pretty decent to walk in, and partly because they’re waterproof. The stock laces on them seem to wear out a little fast, so I tend to keep a spare pair of laces in my pocket…
      Oh, and the fit seems totally weird. The boots that fit me perfectly are nearly two whole shoe sizes bigger than anything else I wear! Still a pretty damn good boot though.

    • Generic42

      Chris if you haven’t, check out the Colorado Sportbike Club even if you aren’t on a true sport bike, nice people

      • Chris

        I checked out the site–thanks for the tip. I’m signed up as “Koloyz”.

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Those are nice, but again, don’t expect them to provide real protection in a big crash. They’re fine for scooting around town, but you really wan to be in a real motorcycle boot if you’re doing anything fast or dangerous.

      • Chris

        Agreed. Based on what I can tell (not an expert, I defer to you, Wes), they do seem to be as safe as the Cafe boot and the technical sneaker mentioned in the article–better than hiking boots or whatever Beiebs was wearing in the Squid shots. Other than the inherent dangerousness of riding, however, I’m not doing much in terms of speed or danger. I’ve got some Alpinestars Web Gore-Tex for longer rides–my work is 3 miles from my house. I’m too new to riding to try to race through the canyons.

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  • thegreyman

    What’s a good boot for extremely hot and humid ( year round) climate? Something that offers good protection and is full length.

    • CruisingTroll

      Good luck. There are few non sport boots that are vented anymore. If you’re okay with a sport boot, then there are a good # of vented versions to choose from…

  • runnermatt

    I just started my new job in NC on 12/6/13. The have bike spaces in the parking lot but, I have to walk through a section of the building that requires ANSI safety “steel” toe shoes to get to wear I can change clothes. My new commute is only about 5 miles but, there seems to be a greater percentage of crazy drivers here in NC.

    Any suggestions???

    • HoldenL

      Can you carry the steel-toed shoes in a top box or backpack and swap the boots for the shoes in the parking lot?

      • runnermatt

        I could, but I would rather not change footwear in the parking lot.

    • Justin McClintock

      What bike are you on? I’d just wear the steel toed boots on the bike as long as they don’t interfere with your control.

      • runnermatt

        CBR250R, but I intend to expand my garage.

    • Micah Christie

      I wear Timberland PRO Mining boots and they would meet those standards. I’ve also wrecked in them and can vouch for how indestructible and protective they are.

  • Justin McClintock

    Seems to me that a best all-around boot would be something akin to a Alpinestar Scout boot. Looks fine on anything from a sportbike (with your jeans over it) to a dirtbike, has good protection, and it can be worn all day without looking too weird. And they don’t cost a fortune.

    • Lee Scuppers

      Got a pair of Scout WPs that arrived just after the streets started icing up, so I’ve been wearing them to shovel snow to break them in. Warm and comfy and attractive, but the uppers are uncomfortable on bare skin if you can the boot inside the pants leg — but that’s only possible with some Carhartts, so not a huge issue. I’ll get long socks.

  • Dolphin Henry Overton IV

    I just bought a pair of Dainese TR Corse In boots and they work for everything. They interface with my Dainese suit/pants and also work under normal pants. They break in a lot after the first couple of rides too.

  • phoebegoesvroom

    It’s worth saving up for a boot with real protection and keep a pair of shoes to change into at work, if you can. That’s what I do. I have a pair of Sidi Vertigo Rains that I wear almost all of the time when I ride. When I’m not, it’s because I’m on my CB100 and I’m wearing my old Doc Marten Triumphs.

  • Mike Fassio

    The Sidi Adventure Gore-tex is my everyday boot and I can’t imagine a situation that these don’t make it on my feet when on the bike, rain or shine. They fit and behave like a work boot, they don’t look like you are a power ranger, and if you need a shoe that is more office friendly just bring it with you. More than likely that Alpinestars jacket isn’t conference room approved either.

    http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/sidi-adventure-gore-tex-boots

  • PeteN95

    I use TCX X-Cube boots in warm weather and Tourmaster Response SC in the cold. Both have reasonable protection, comfort, and looks under jeans for daily wear. And they are both priced within reason.

    http://www.extremesupply.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/600×600/tcx/tcx_boots/TCX_XSquare_Boots.jpg

    http://www.canadasmotorcycle.ca/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/2/0/2010-Tour-Master-Response-SC-Road-Boots.jpg

  • Generic42

    I’m picking up these Icon 1000 Elsinores finally

    • John Tiedjens

      I like these… total old school MX.

    • sdyank

      I have owned a pair of those for almost two years and I love them. You will not be dissapointed. I treated them with a few coats of sno-seal after they were broken in and I love them even more.

  • SteveNextDoor

    I wear the TCX X-Five Plus. Gore-Tex (though I haven’t tested how waterproof they are), basic impact protection around the ankle, stable grip even on slick surfaces, pass the ‘toe/heel twist test’, decent shin protection and they cover just over 1/2 the shin, don’t stand out too much under pants. My only complaint would be the toe box is much larger than I expected (had to adjust my shift lever to compensate), but it’s also very stiff so I put up with it due to the added safety.

  • Price Action Guru

    Anyone riding on military spec combat boots?
    If so, what are your thoughts on them?

    • http://RideApart.com/ Wes Siler

      Combat boots are a good, casual, alternative for city riding. But never expect them to provide anything like the protection of a quality motorcycle boot.

  • Micah Christie

    A little warning: These are not riding boots, and I’ve been wearing boots almost entirely exclusively for 10+ years so they may cause discomfort that I wouldn’t be aware of.

    These boots, the Timberland PRO 10-Inch Steel Toe WP Mining Boot, have survived two motorcycle wrecks, one on Seattle’s asphalt and the other on Mongolia’s steppe, are waterproof and can easily protect you from a Goldwing falling on your ankle at speed. They also make the wearer look like they live in a post apocalyptic wasteland so you if you aren’t ready to be the Ayatollah of rock n rolla then you might want to pass. If you want boots that can do double duty as work boots then I’d seriously recommend them as I have never worn protective, waterproof riding boots that I can also herd goats, work in a gravel pit, and walk through the torn, ice covered Siberian streets littered with used heroin needles. The accordion rubber bit makes them easy to both walk in and manipulate motorbike controls with. Granted, that reflective stripe was not my favorite but a dedicated sharpie attack neutralized that well enough.

  • lordkenyon

    Tried and returned a lot of these and was really disappointed in the fit and quality of the axial pros. Seams didn’t line up and I found the same heel slip everyone talked about. I finally found the BMW SportDrys and they’re great. Replaceable toe and heel slider, great ankle armor and waterproof.

    There are not many reviews that I could find online but found them at my local dealer and checked them out. Worth a look if you’re in the market for these kinds of boots.

  • mms

    I make my own boots. The best solution ;) Steel shanks, very solid hand-welted construction, and as much protection as I feel like adding. For very rainy days, I bought a pair of Bates waterproof non-lace-up boots after my Gaernes fell apart. So far, so good. SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION woohoo

  • atomicalex

    I keep shoes at work, even though it’s not generally an issue with Ladies’ boots. They are all either fake or so boring that you can wear them with a dress. Aside from the Dainese Lady Avant ST, which I have to say is just about perfect. I have white ones with red stripes that scream “I ride a motorcycle”, they are my go-to boot when it is not pouring rain out. Otherwise, it’s my Lolas, which mostly do not leak. And I have worn the Lolas with nylons and a dress. #snooze Regarding the back zips – sew or tie a little strip of ribbon on to the zipper pull so you can really yank on it. Then you will really love them. I also love the adjustable calfs on the Avant STs – I have skinny legs, so these really improve fit and make going back and forth between leathers (in boot) and textile (over boot) possible.

    • atomicalex

      Also, what are you peeps using to clean Lorica? Dish soap is not working, but I don’t want to result to solvent. Or were white boots a bad idea to begin with?