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There are quite a few ways to categorize people and slice them into groups: Male – Female, Fashion – Function. Well, at least for the last pairing listed, the Stylmartin Indian boots eliminates the Fashion – Function divide. The Indian and Legend boots, both part of the Urban Series, aims to fulfill all the fashion and function needs of today’s casual rider.

The Gear:

Stylmartin is not a household name in the states but the Italian company is trying to change that. Stylmartin has introduced three boot models for sale in the US and the Indian is aimed straight at the cafe rider.

The Indian and Legend both come two colors, a greasy black and a pretty swell looking and quickly distressing brown. For our test, I’ve been wearing the brown version of the Indian and the black version of the Legend for a few weeks now and they both already showing a nicely rugged look to the boot during the break-in period.

For the Indian, this is accomplished by applying a darker top finish to a lighter brown leather underneath and as the boots are worn and scuffed the lighter brown shines through. The black greasy leather scuffs up really nice too (they are meant to be worn and worn hard). They look quite nice and can be polished if ever you need to dress them up again.

As for utility, you can wear both of these boots on and off the bike, as they are intended, and they excel at being a comfortable casual boot that provide confidence on and off the bike.

Stylmartin’s waterproof claim to be slightly exaggerated, though they are very water resistant and good enough for 95% of riding and I came to this discovery while riding my Z50R through the snow and slush. Also, living in the North East, I’ve also shoveled plenty of snow while wearing the Indian boots and they performed expertly. The water resistance proved more than sufficient and the Vibram sole of the Indian provided incredible traction of otherwise slippery surfaces, same goes for the Legend.

Stylmartin Indian Boot Giveaway
Stylmartin Indian Riding Boot

The Good:

Almost everything. Stylmartin has created a boot that is highly stylish, functional, and comfortable. The quality of the construction and materials is arguably worthy of the cost. The soles are the perfect mix of rigidity and feel, are expertly stitched to the upper and, importantly, replaceable.

The Bad:

The price is high enough to deter non-committed buyers, even if their quality might demand such a price, they are on par with a lot of the other high style and fully capable bootmakers out there. As noted above, they are not, in fact, waterproof. One minor niggle on the Indian is that the lever patch on the toe pushes down on my big toe joint when I walk, but I think this will work itself out as they break in. Lastly, the sizing is troublesome as they run nearly, but not a full size large. Normally I wear a 44 and opted for the 43. They are just long enough to fit comfortably.

The Verdict:

These are a definite buy. They look good, they feel great, and they should last a lifetime. Remember to order a size down.

The Giveaway:

Enter below for your chance to win a pair of Stylmartin Legend Riding Boots.a Rafflecopter giveaway

To locate a dealer near you visit: www.motoandco.com/stylmartin-dealers/

  • Justin McClintock

    Nice review. I’d seen these before (linked somewhere I honestly can’t remember) and thought they looked like a pretty competent set of boots. Sounds like they are.

  • Davidabl2

    From the pics there’s no sign of any armor and no certainty that the decorative straps/buckles will keep the boots on a riders feet in the case of a get-off.
    Fashionable, yes, good walking boots perhaps. Serious motorcycle boots, well I don’t know about that. Better than athletic shoe, for sure. But how are they better than lace-up workboots or hiking bbots- boots that will stay on your feet in an accident?

    • dinoSnake

      Agreed. No armor, did not meet up to manufacturer’s “waterproof” claims and not accurate to sizing. Motorcycle / heavy duty boots, more than any other, I find typically to be oversized; I wonder what the industry is thinking.

      • Davidabl2

        Some armor actually.We stand corrected by Ben W “”Stylmartin’s site says:MALLEOLUS PROTECTION: INTERNAL IN PU ON BOTH SIDES”

        Boots typically run slightly larger than, say, dress shoes (and atlhetlic shoes too, i’d guess) aparrently because the manufacturers assume you’re wearing thick socks with them.

      • Piglet2010

        The exception I have found is Alpinestars – every boot model of theirs I have tried I need one (nominal) size larger than I normally wear.

        • dinoSnake

          That’s the all-too-typical Alpinestars CRAP design & manufacturing – too small / incorrectly proportioned for average people. Almost everything A-star seems too small in some dimension, usually causing the product to fail to meet the optimum objective of comfort / protection.

          Had A-star products, been there, done that, never again. I’ve gotten better fitting, more comfortable and well built products for less money from other manufacturers.

          • Piglet2010

            The only company whose products I find to consistently be as advertised is Aerostich. But of course, they have a fashion sense only a dour person of Scandinavian descent living in the Upper Midwest can appreciate.

            Besides, no other company has several sales per year where you get a Mr. Happy hand puppet at no additional charge with your order.

    • Fava d’Aronne

      Revzilla’s reviews say both the Indian and the Legend are ECE rated and have tons of protection…

      • Davidabl2

        I have corrected myself elsewhere re the PU ankle protection and the toe box,heel counter. And zipper entry, so the straps are not needed to keep the boot on..
        ECE level-2 IS pretty impressive for this style of boot.
        The video goes into more convincing detail than RideApart did.

        • Fava d’Aronne

          “The video goes into more convincing detail than RideApart did”. Indeed. This article actually does a disservice to the boots.

          • Davidabl2

            I Can’t disagree with that statement..As it happens I need to replace a pair of workbooks asap. Hoping to find a pair of boots that could do
            double duty as work & riding boots I visited a Redwing boot store today . And came back empty-handed, or actually empty FOOTED ;-) Even if willing to spend $200 or so..So I’ll check out a store over in SanFrancisco that has Stylmartins. And another that carries Corcorans. Even though, being a boots-only specialty store in San Francisco the latter caters to both homosexuals and police officers ;-) In addition to motorcyclists, I trust:-)

  • mbust

    Strange to see a review of motorcycle boots with nearly no reference to their armor or safety features.

    • Ben W

      Agreed. Stylmartin’s site says: “MALLEOLUS PROTECTION: INTERNAL IN PU ON BOTH SIDES” – so there’s basic coverage right over the ankle bone.

      • Mbust

        Where “basic” is the operative word. Not much else as far as safety features.

    • Jeff Moore

      Also agreed. “Eliminates the Fashion-Function divide?” I fail to see how a bog standard not-quite-waterproof leather boot with some buckles and a Vibram sole is anything but ‘solely’ (zzzzing!) “Fashion.”

      I wear Dainese Torque-Outs (incidentally, also around $300 (double-incidentally, I can’t believe in 2014 I had to Google the price of a product being reviewed on a website)) that have actual armor and are actual functional motorcycle boots. You can get them in Gore-Tex, too, for actual functional waterproofedness.

      However, if somebody was dead set on looking like Hipster Indiana Jones or whatever, then sure, go for some nice-looking distressed leather boots. I.e. you know, a choice based on “Fashion.” But then why not choose something like the venerable Aerostich Combat Tourings? Why not . . . provide some comparisons and information like that in a product review?

    • Jeremy

      The toe box and heel cup are reinforced with PU plastic as well as the inner and outer ankle bone areas.

      In addition to reinforcements, the Indian boots are lace up providing a nice snug fit.

  • Rob M

    Kinda feels like this review was mailed-in. Used the pics off the product website, not much for content, although the note about waterproofness is appreciated. This spent way more time talking about the fashion than the function. How do they compare to other boots? Do they have much sole rigidity, armor, etc? At nearly $300, that can buy a lot of boot.

    • Jeremy

      The sole is rigid enough to kick start my 1974 Triumph Trident but when compared to my Dainese Torque Race Out boots they feel like normal shoes. Armor is sufficient for pleasure or commute riding, but the difference these offer is obviously their style on top of that armor. I personally prefer the Indian boot for its lace-up snugness.

      • Rob M

        That picture is better than any of the pics in this article or even on their site. Your description was very helpful. This stuff should be in the article from the beginning.

  • Dutchvon

    Are they free? Seriously though, this review could have used one more pass before getting published.

  • http://statesofmotion.blogspot.com/ FastPatrick

    Needs moar bigger sizes. Fear I’m stuck with my Doc Martens as compromised riding gear for the foreseeable future.

  • justmike

    I have had these boots for over 2 years, the review is accurate regarding quality. I would tend to agree that they run a little large. It takes some getting used to the leather finish, I typically want my boots to shine evenly.

  • Nemosufu Namecheck

    These are really good looking boots and you can tell from the pictures that they will stand up to most mishaps. Not every boot needs to be race track ready.

    So why don’t people just wear their Aerostich Combat Tourers everywhere? Because they look awful; literally the boot version of birth control – not everything needs to be utilitarian and black. Sometimes I’m shocked that people act like everyone wears not only all gear all the time, but armored gear all the time. Don’t show up on a date dressed like you are ready to go sledding. Do yourself a favor and buy some cool boots, a cool jacket, and some cool jeans.

    • Michael Howard

      Just don’t get into a serious accident on the way there.

      • Nemosufu Namecheck

        Absolutely! Man if I could have chosen the when and where of my crashes I would have chosen a Nerf factory or something.

    • Davidabl2

      I like my feet to be armored all the time, as they’ve suffered various injuries over the years. Both on & off motorcycles.
      I like the boots, but would probably wear them mostly OFF motorcycles, not while riding them.
      For riding I have an older pair of Sidis that, thankfully, have stopped squeaking. And are reasonably walking-friendly, and will slide under Carhartts for ‘stealth”

      • Nemosufu Namecheck

        I like the way these boots look. Because I wear boots for work everyday I have of course “field tested” a couple of regular leather booths with great success. A few years ago I thought it would be a good idea to invest in some motorcycle specific boots. Here is what I found out in my unplanned field tests:

        - Altama boots (regular combat type) are good up to about a 55mph slide.
        - Corcoran jump boots are good up to about a 35mph slide under a bike. Also good for jumping out of planes if you are in to that sort of thing.
        - The tall commuter/adventure boots are really bomb proof, but I don’t feel comfortable wearing them everywhere. They are just too bulky and honestly don’t go well with clothing. I will break them out for rainy days, long trips, and mucking around. Sturdy hiking boots have worked best for me while adventure riding. When I stop for the day I can go hiking etc.
        - The riding sneakers fill a cool niche but again they really didn’t go well with a lot of clothing. I started thinking about why I just didn’t buy regular leather boots.
        - Ordered a standard pair of leather boots that go with most of the clothing and jackets I own. I end up wearing these the most and they shine up and waterproof with wax extremely quickly.

        This group here is really good about wearing protective gear. 99% of the motorcyclists I pass on the road are wearing the standard jeans/sneaker combo possibly with full face helmet or jacket. I encourage gear in any form – but I do not encourage people to buy gear that they end up leaving in a closet because it looks awful.

        Sidis are awesome boots. I really like their riding shoes.

        • Davidabl2

          I wear an aging pair of Sidi ACS boots as my daily ride wear, then switch to steel toes at work. Riding shoes as formal wear, i.e. church weddings etc. but they feel a little “light duty” on a bike.
          Stylmartin might be an answer..coming in at about the same price as Corcoran Jumps. I tried Chippewa work boots one time, found them not comfortable enough to really work in,and not enough ankle support, ankle protection to feel safe on a bike.And not suitable to ride bike without floorboards and heel/toe shifters ;-( How do the jumps stack up on these issues?

          • Nemosufu Namecheck

            The jump boots are pretty great overall. You have to get a little used to the fact that the traction is pretty slim pickings on them – almost like a dress shoe. I have big off road pegs and they seem to work awesome, but they were better on street bike style setups. The cap toe is almost like a cradle for your shifter.

            • Davidabl2

              thanks.

  • Blake Bryce

    I don’t see how they would be any better than a pair of Redwing’s or similar type.

    • Guzzto

      They are a lot more protective than redwings I’ve had mine for over 3 years ad they are wearing well.

      • Davidabl2

        On any sort of sport bike, the feel on the pegs seems quite important, for finesse in riding. How do the SM’s compare with race boots?

        • Guzzto

          Hi David I havn’t owned any all out race boots to compare but the sole gives good feedback and I don’t feel disconnted from the pegs as I do with MX boots, I also have some stylmartin touring boots which are more rigid but also feel great. These will never be the best option for all out protection but are a good looking classic boot that works well and have decent safety features. (if i did track days I wouldn’t be wearing these) I wear mine touring and on classic events. I can also get away with wearing them under jeans when I don’t have a change of footwear at work.

    • Davidabl2

      Plastic ankle protection, reinforced toe and heel box. Although your Redwings will certainly stay on your feet in any crash,and the non-zipper version of these boot might not.

  • Smittyman

    Although I have to say these boots do look good, I still feel they are lacking in protection im looking for while riding my cruiser. Isn’t there any crusier boot that has the same protection as race boots, but don’t look like large surf booties?

  • Piglet2010

    Anyone make a decent motorcycle boot with a steel toe (the latter being a work requirement)?

  • http://www.UnionGarageNYC.com/ Union Garage NYC

    These boots are great. Got a full size run in the brown. Don’t carry the black as the matte nap finish isn’t nearly as nice as the brown once it breaks in. Have had customers give us plenty of feedback on this and the Indian. Indian’s super comfortable but not waterproof, as it’s billed. The Legend is waterproof, thanks to the molded sole (note the fake molded stitching). Make sure to go down one Euro size from what you generally run.

    Like the Indians we’d like to see these with better shin protection, and sure maybe a little more heel protection. But also like the Indians, these are best in class. For now at least.