Finding the right motorcycle boot isn't always easy. With hundreds of different models in all sorts of shapes, styles and features, it's easy to get lost in the finer points of things. So let's make things easier shall we?
First things first, if you are planning on spending any sort of time on bike, those tennis shoes you’re probably wearing right now aren't going to cut it. Standard casual shoes or boots typically don't have the protection, support or durability you'll need.
The next thing you need to consider is which type of boot (yes there are many!) is right for you and your riding style. Generally the style of boot you need is directly tied to which style bike you ride or what conditions or style of riding you do most. Here is a quick rundown on the different categories of boots you'll find here at Motorcycle Superstore.
Full Length Street/Sport Boots- If you are headed to the track, or want the greatest amount of protection on the streets, a full length boot is just for you. On most boots you'll find structural support and reinforcements around the shin, ankle, toe box and calf areas. These are designed to protect your legs and feet in the event of a crash, and will help prevent them from stretching or bending in the wrong direction. Again, if you are headed for track day, or are a serious sportbike rider, full length race-style boots are mandatory however, if you are a more casual rider, there are more convenient options.
3/4 Length Boots-For the riders who aren't focused on setting fast lap times at the track, 3/4 boots are a great option. While they do not provide as much coverage as race boots, they still offer great durability (especially in the sole and shifter area), support and protection. Riding as high as a classic pair of high-tops, you still get great ankle support and coverage up into the shin. Often you'll find a single buckle or strap to help keep them secure and in place at all times.
Two things you need to consider:
1. If you are riding a street bike or sport touring bike, look for boots with the buckle or strap system mentioned above. These boots maintain the same sleek and aggressive look as the track boots and feature similar components like toe sliders.
2. Now if Harleys or cruisers are more your style, you're going to want something a little different. Many 3/4 length cruiser boots use laces and feature thicker soles with traction-oriented patterns, much like work boots. These boots are a lot less sporty and pack a ton of attitude. While still providing great protection and durability, they are more than highway worthy.
Riding Shoes Styled after a street shoe, riding shoes are a large step above you average sneaker. With reinforcements in high-wear areas (shifting areas and where you pegs sit) they will no doubt last longer and out perform any casual shoe. Ranging from sporty, to modern, riding shoes come in a wide variety of sizes, styles and colors.
Off Road Boots-When you are riding dirt bikes or ATVs, your feet come in contact with a lot more elements. Because of this, off road boots come standard in full length size with more rugged straps and soles. As you know, riding dirt bikes, and motocross specifically, riding can be a very physical sport with lots of movement. On these you’ll find lots of attention on design that reduces unnecessary range of motion. With rocks, roots and trees out on the trail ready to grab at your feet, you won’t want to be caught without a pair.
As with most other pieces of riding gear, the higher the price the greater the protection and quality. However, in today’s world of constant progression you can find great boots with high-dollar features at entry level prices. As always, feel free to give our friendly gear experts a call or quick chat to help find the best boot for you.