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Thread: All-Purpose Boots

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    All-Purpose Boots

    I'm just too cheap to buy a pair of motorcycle-only boots, and wouldn't be caught dead wearing a pair of the leather/plastic/vinyl blinged-up high-dollar motorcycle-only boots that are popular.

    So, what are your recommendations for some solid, all-purpose that give comfort and protection in the workshop, then can be brushed off and then carry you to the rally....while providing safety and protection on your motorcycle. Boots that can ride down the road, and then take you up a hiking trail in comfort.

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    I like my RedWings enough to wear them all the time. The "Pull-On" style lacks a bit on ankle support, but I'd rather wear my boots than my running shoes.

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    Cannonball Rider #52 darrylri's Avatar
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    How cheap are we talking? Because for $200-250, you can buy a pair of Alpinestars or TCX Goretex boots in basic black that are comfortable to walk in. The only things that show these boots to be motorcycle specific are the shifter patches and little retro-reflective spots above the heels. These are boots with toe, ankle and shin guards.

    I also found this TourMaster boot for $116:|96

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    I know everyone is different, but I find Goretex boots hot and uncomfortable. I'd rather wear real leather and just put on boot covers if I have to ride in the rain.

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    Tame Racing Driver Stig's Avatar
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    As far as ultimate protection, going with a motorcycle-specific boot is the way to go, since they are generally designed for the types of impacts associated with a MC crash.

    However, if you want a general purpose boot, check out something along the lines of a police/fire duty boot. I wear these while riding, simply because I get a free pair from work every year and turn last year's pair into my riding boots. They are completely waterproof but still breathe fairly well. Every once in a while I have to polish the top of the left boot where the shifter wears away the leather, but I have yet to tear through it yet, so I would think that you could get several years of riding out of a pair. Or, have a cobbler add a piece of leather on the left to act as a shift pad like "real" motorcycle boots have.
    New York's Hudson Valley Region
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    BMW AllRound

    I just got some BMW AllRounds last night for $211. They don't seem to be quite as nice as my old BMW Contours, but for around $200, the AllRounds seem like a pretty good deal.

    FYI, the Contour has been replaced by the Pro Tour and cost about $100 more.

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    My thought is that if you wear any other type of boot for riding it will be a sacrifice of impact protection. many of the "leather/plastic/vinyl blinged-up high-dollar motorcycle-only boots" offer impact, crush, abrasion etc protection and yes are probably not good for walking very far. I have some and I bring a second pair of shoes along.
    It sure would be nice to find something that fits both worlds yet doesnt sacrifice protection!

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    I bought a pair of Milepost Sport Touring Boots made by Fly Racing last year from Donelson Cycles. They have an ad in Rider Magazine every month and usually have a pair of boots on sale. I paid $89, but I think the normal price is less than $150, so they are not expensive boots. They are all leather, look like most touring boots you see. The important thing is that they have ankle protection.

    I rode with heavy (Doc Martin) shoes until I twisted my ankle getting off my bike in a rain storm on a muddy road. If I had been wearing real motorcycle boots, I am certain that would have been non-event, so I am a believer in wearing the right gear.

    These boots are supposed to be waterproof, and they are unless you are riding at highway speed through a downpour. I picked up some water once in such a downpour. But they are comfortable to walk around in all day at a Rally. I have been thinking about buying some $15 overboots to deal with the water issue. I would really prefer to just have boots that are super waterproof, but I am not willing to pay the $200-$300 that it will probably take to get there.
    2003 F650GS Dakar

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    Registered User Brian-NC's Avatar
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    Almost any slip on type of boot will come off of your foot in even a low speed crash. I would advise a lace up type of boot. The Aerostich Combat lite is an excellent choice as would be the Corocan Garrison boot. Just google Corocan boots... made in the USA You could also take a look at the reviews of all kinds of boots at

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianSprinkle View Post
    I would advise a lace up type of boot.
    I've found that shoe or boot laces and motorcycles don't go well together. Or am I the only one who's dropped a bike because a lace got caught on a foot peg as I went to put my foot down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marchyman View Post
    I've found that shoe or boot laces and motorcycles don't go well together. Or am I the only one who's dropped a bike because a lace got caught on a foot peg as I went to put my foot down.
    I seem to be able to drop my bike equally well with or without laces.

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    I have heard that about laces with a chain drive bike. I guess shaft drive is a different story. I didn't think about laces catching on your peg.

    As far as a boot pulling off, mine have a zipper that goes all the way down to the sole of the boot. When unzipped, it is a snug fit to get the boots on or off, after they are zipped and the velcro is attached at the top of the boot, I would be surprised if the boot could come off in a collision. Now, a boot that just slips on would be a different story. I am very fortunate to be totally inexperienced in this area. In any case it looks like the majority of the touring boots use the same fastening system (zipper and velcro), so I would assume someone can tell us if they stay on in a pinch.
    2003 F650GS Dakar

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    Quote Originally Posted by marchyman View Post
    I've found that shoe or boot laces and motorcycles don't go well together. Or am I the only one who's dropped a bike because a lace got caught on a foot peg as I went to put my foot down.
    Learn to double knot your laces and you'll never have this problem again (unless you're one of those REALLY unlucky people that also gets struck by lightning on a regular basis).

    Take a look at Dr. (Doc) Marten boots. They have a lot of choices, laced and slip-on, and they're one of the most comfortable boots on the planet for walking around with when you're off your bike.

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    Comfortable Boots

    I bought a pair of very high dollar BMW touring boots to go with my R1150RT. They look good, probably offer excellent crash protection, and are great when I get caught in the rain. Unfortunately, boots like this really suck for walking. I mean they would be great if all you want to do is walk from your bike to the beer garden and back but not if you want to stay on your feet for a few hours. My feet and my back pay the price.
    I know this is not politically correct but I like my Timberland Hiking boots for riding. I am certain they do not give me adequate protection in the event of a crash but I like to ride my bike to trailheads and then go hiking. With these boots I can get off the bike and then hit the trails without a lot of fuss. They are great for just walking around and they are also waterproof. I always buy a new pair of insoles when I get a new pair of boots. The insoles that come with the boots are generally not that good. The price for the boots and the new insoles will run about $125.
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