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Riding Boot Recommendations

The past few years I've been using a pair of Chippewa riding boots. They are built very well, strong and provide a lot of protection for my chins, ankles and feet. The down side is they are heavy and not easy to walk in. I'm not used to a 2 inch heel. Shifting gears becomes cumbersome at times and I will occasionally miss a gear.

I would like to hear what your using and/or recommendations on lightweight protective foot ware?

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I have the Sidi On Road boots. Waterproof and easy to get on and off. The only downside is that the while the soles are grippy, they wear out quickly, especially if you walk a lot in them.

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I wear a pair of combat type boots made by a company called Bates, I like them and on a trip they look normal with a pair of jeans or cargo pants. The other advantage is they are much better on pavement that has sand or gravel on it, you always seem to be able to find grip. They are made with goretex and have proven to be water proof in even all day rain. They don't look quite as good as the ones in the photo but I don't mind the worn in look.


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I use Alpinestars web gore-tex boots

Very comfortable in any weather


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Sidi Canyon Gore-tex, comfy enough to walk around in. Buckle took a little getting used to, but it's a good system.
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Like Gerhard, I wear Bates, but mine are a 3/4 height, a bit easier to get on and off but still great protection and the soles grips nicely on most surfaces.

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Here's another vote for the Alpinestars Web Gore-tex boots. I bought them on a friend's recommendation because he had a pair for about ten years. Quality is very high and they are easy to walk in. I've had mine for three months and think they are a decent buy at 300 bucks.
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I also have been wearing "Bates" for many years now.
Very light and comfortable.


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Thanks for your responses. Keep them coming. Attached is a photo of my current boot.
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I've been wearing Timberland work boots for the last 35 years or so. Vibram soles, waterproof, plenty of protection and all day comfortable on or off the bike.

I've also worn my Uniform Bates Boots and think that they're fine, but I prefer the Timberlands.
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Since your current boots are the high type give these a look: Alpinestars Gran Torino Gore-Tex Boots.
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Had been using Alpinestars Grand Tour (kept as back up boot) until I switched to Daytona Travel Star GTX , goretex. Reason for switch was a thicker sole, slightly wider toe box. Roughly same height on chin for protection. Found them to be a more comfortable, better made boot and fit for me.

Daytonas only authorized US dealer is Helimot in CA (great folks). Revzilla sells some boots but is a third party retailer so no warranty if there is a problem.

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I just wore out a pair of Garne boots (not sure what model) and would have bought another if I could have found something similar. I ended up buying the BMW All Around boot on sale for $199and have been happy so far.
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I use bates also the 4 in. ones and the 8 in. with a zipper on the side and they are complete water proof and comfortable right out of the box walk all day in them

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Dianese makes a couple different gore-tex touring boots in the 300-350 dollar range that are very nice and very comfortable that I have been looking at. Currently wear A-Stars web gor-tex that others have commented on and they are also quite comfy and dry.

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I have gone through two pairs of BMW All Around boots over many years/miles; I keep buying them because they're a great lightweight option. I also have a pair of Frey Daytona Travel Star GTX for touring. The All Around boots are my choice for commuting. Lots of good choices out there.

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Sidi Canyon Gore-tex, comfy enough to walk around in. Buckle took a little getting used to, but it's a good system.
+1 - I really like the Canyons. I had Sidi Discoveries for a few years and liked them as well, however they're a little tall. The Canyons are a little shorter and I like that. Also had a pair of Sidi Adventures, but those things killed my feet!

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Corbin Roadmaster which I bought at a Beemer dealer in 1999 while test riding a K1200LT (which I now own) They are water PROOF, comfy for riding, and short walking distances.... zippered and velcroed, which has not worn out nor needed resoling or restitching ! Best bike boots ever, and have worn Red Wings for years to work in.

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TourMaster Solutions. Light, Waterproof and inexpensive. All day comfortable.

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I use the Aerostich Combat light boots (made by SIDI). They take forever to break in, but they last forever. They are waterproof, protective and comfortable...once you break them in. You can get replacement soles, shoe strings and other replacement parts that may wear out (from Aerostich) while you are breaking them in....

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WESCO (West Coast Shoe Co.), Model "The Boss". Also maker of many Patrolman's motorcycle boots. Totally custom and meant for a lifetime.


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consider the dangers if choosing to wear non-motorcycle designed footwear.
motorcycle boots have extra strength and protection where needed for ankles and shins (to name but a couple). this rigidity might make them less comfortable but it's worth it when you get up and walk away.
boots are better than flip-flops, sneakers or shoes.
motorcycle boots might not be great in a firefight but have saved my feet often enough for it to be an easy decision for me.

tourmaster solution 2.0 currently - I had a fantastic pair of goretex lined alpinestars for a long time.

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WESCO (West Coast Shoe Co.), Model "The Boss". Also maker of many Patrolman's motorcycle boots. Totally custom and meant for a lifetime.
x2 on the Wesco......Been wearing the same pair for over 20 years...........totally rebuildable and the fit is totally custom..........



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I use Alpinestars web gore-tex boots

Very comfortable in any weather

I have the same boots and need to replace them after 8+ years of service as a chunk of the sole is missing on one of them.

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TourMaster Solutions. Light, Waterproof and inexpensive. All day comfortable.
I had a pair of those too.

I found that the sole wore out fast and the toe protector on my right boot became soft after 2 years.

Looked good when I bougth them but will not buy again.
Although I'm a big fan of Tourmaster product.
I own The Flex2 Jacket & Pants + The synergy heated vest & pants.

I find that their quality / price ratio is hard to beat

These boots are the only Tourmaster product that disapointed me.

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I have had no problems with the Solutions. I've had them for over 6 years and around 50k miles of riding. They are about due for replacement but they owe me nothing.

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I have had no problems with the Solutions. I've had them for over 6 years and around 50k miles of riding. They are about due for replacement but they owe me nothing.
Maybe I got a "bad pair"
Like I said, I've always been satisfied with Tourmaster / Cortech products.

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BMW Allround boots for winter, and BMW Airflow for the summer. Wife uses the same. Tried others, these are the best for us. Comfy and long lasting.

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I use the Daytona Road Star Daytona. I am on my second pair - I have an odd size (Eur 48-49, UK 13-14, US 14-15 depending on the manufacturer.) So my choices are very limited. This manufacturer has models which go to the larger size - 51.

Previously (OK long time ago) my boot of choice was the German Army Para Boot. It didn't have any waterproofing but the leather was so thick that it was virtually waterproof!

Only downside to the Daytona boots is the cost. They are very expensive, but then they are made in Germany, and not in the Far East!
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Wore out a pair of Sidi On Road boots and replaced them with the BMW All Round boot. Both are very good, but the BMW boot is less expensive.


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I use Alpinestars web gore-tex boots

Very comfortable in any weather

I have these boots also, wear them year round. Good comfortable boot and after 4 years still waterproof.

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I have these boots also, wear them year round. Good comfortable boot and after 4 years still waterproof.
These look like a copy of the BMW All Around boots (or the reverse!) that I have been wearing for more than 8 years and recently resoled. Comfortable right out of the box and great for my once a week, 8 hour patrol shift.

If you are into ATGATT then definitely stay with what is designed for a motorcycle. It will make a difference if you lay it down. Many others look good while you are up, but are not designed for the fall.
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I'm surprised you don't like your chippewa's. I've looked at this boot & thought they were really nice. Why don't you try adjusting your shifter for a better fit/feel? I did this when I changed boots & it worked wonders for my technique & confidence. For a lighter, hot weather boot I have a pair of chippewa 8" w/ a welted on sole& leather lined that are really comfortable & provide a modicum of protection. And you can crank 'em tight for a secure fit.
For me, the sneaker boots don't provide enough protection. The best motorcycle gear isn't very versatile once you're off the bike...
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Am waiting for these to come in the mail. ( I know but I had to do it)

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Another vote for the BMW all around boot
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I had a pair of Tourmaster mid height waterproofs which I wore the sole out on quickly, so I bought a pair of TCX waterproof high top sneakers.... LOVE THEM!!!! Toe and heel cup plus ankle protection in and out. Best part is because they are like a sneaker you can walk around all day in them. On my third year and they are still in perfect shape and waterproof!! Never a drop of wet gets in, and I ride in rain so heavy it stands on the road 2" deep.
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I just had a chance to try on a few models from Stylmartin.Italian boot maker,good looking and good quality footwear.I dont know if these are available in the US as I have not heard about them before but one could order them from this online retailer https://www.euronetbike.net/stylmartin/touring/ .
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I wore BMW All Around for the 3 years . I decided they were much too wimpy. Comfy, but really not much if any protoection.

I decided if I ever came off, I wanted my head & feet pointing the same direction..........forward, when all was said and done. I wanted something with serious ankle protection to protect against twisting and serious slide and shin protection. Often times the tibia is broken by your pegs I read.

So I went with as close to a full race boot which was still comfortable and really easy to get on and off with full ankle, lower leg, heel protection and replaceable sliders.

Sidi ST fit the bill. They have closing vents and a great, easy entry system. Stretch material adjacent to the zippers to relieve stress on the zippers over the ankle.

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I just had a chance to try on a few models from Stylmartin.Italian boot maker,good looking and good quality footwear.I dont know if these are available in the US as I have not heard about them before but one could order them from this online retailer https://www.euronetbike.net/stylmartin/touring/ .
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They only go up to a size 12

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They only go up to a size 12
They use a different chart in Europe and another one in the UK.
I see this company offers between sizes 39 up to 47,which according to this chart equals to 6 1/2 to 14.


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They use a different chart in Europe and another one in the UK.
I see this company offers between sizes 39 up to 47,which according to this chart equals to 6 1/2 to 14.

Not in the charts I've seen. 14 is 49. 13 is 48. My feet are 13.5 american and a 48 is snug.

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They use a different chart in Europe and another one in the UK.
I see this company offers between sizes 39 up to 47,which according to this chart equals to 6 1/2 to 14.

I am rather cautious about their sizes.

When I buy shoes/boots in the UK I expect to have 13-14 size. (My Doc Martens shoe are 13.) In Europe I expect to take 48-49. (My Daytona's are Size 49, yet Birkenstock shoes are 48.) It all depends on the last used.

Personally I prefer to buy shoes in a shop rather than online because of this sizing issue.

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Yeah,I have to agree it is best to try them on and walk around in them for a while to get a real good feel.Also sizing can differ not only between manufacturers,but even between models from the same brand.

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They only go up to a size 12
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Look at Wesco boots. Can be custom made by tracing your foot, actually a little more than that but it will be the last boot you will ever buy.

Very similar to the boots in the pics of this thread. I have the Boss version
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Re: Riding Boot Recommendations

Anyone try those BMW Ride Sneakers for short rides? I haven't seen them in person and question the protection. If they really provide adequate comfort and protection, they might be a nice addition to the riding gear.

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