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post #1 of 16 Old 04-25-2012, 07:33 AM Thread Starter
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Shifter wearing out the top side of my boot

I have this great pair of boots that I've been using for years. They are very comfortable. They have that broken-in feeling that only comes with age and use. They are all leather. I really only wear them when I'm on the bike, so other than the top side of the left boot, they look brand new. The shift lever is starting to wear a hole through the top side of ol' lefty from up-shifts. What do you guys do to protect the top side of your boots from that evil shift lever?

Back in my highschool days I used to work at a shoe store that sold steel-toed work boots. We sold a product that was a thick rubber toe protector that could be glued on to the toe of a boot to protect it from wearing through. Is there a similar product out there, but for where a shift lever would hit?

What do you guys do to protect your boots?

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post #2 of 16 Old 04-25-2012, 07:41 AM
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virtually all motorcycle-specific boots have a shift protector of either an extra layer of leather or hard plastic to prevent this from happening. see if you can find a shoe repair shop that can fix em up! you must have a ton of miles on those boots to be getting actual wear-through like that!




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I've had them for about 7 years (if memory serves). It's kinda crazy, I go through gloves faster than I've gone through these boots. We do have a local shoe repair shop that I was thinking about taking them to. I've also been thinking about buying some newer boots that have the protectors built in like you were describing, but these old gals of mine are so comfortable I hate to get rid of them.

It probably doesn't help that the shift lever is all metal (no rubber cover) on the bike I ride the most...

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Why not take the shifter off and use plasti-dip. It's meant for tools but a bet it would work for this application.

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Even simpler. Shoe-Goo on boot, and Flip the rubber. Thats what I did. Pulled it off and turned it around. Now end of shifter has full rubber. It fits pretty good.

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Even simpler. Shoe-Goo on boot, and Flip the rubber. Thats what I did. Pulled it off and turned it around. Now end of shifter has full rubber. It fits pretty good.
I don't get this at all...wait...nope. Wth did you just say? Confused...

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If your boot has worn through on the toe, put Shoe-Goo on it to fill hole or prevent wear.

If your shifter knob rubber has worn down on the end, cracked, frayed whathaveyou. You can remove it and turn it end to end around and put it back on. Thus the shitty parts on the inside of the shifter peg and full where your foot hits it.


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7 year old boots. Let me think about it. Why would those boots wear out after only 7 years?

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7 year old boots. Let me think about it. Why would those boots wear out after only 7 years?

Haha, yeah I know. They're just such great boots!

I'll have to try some of that liquid protectant stuff. I actually bought some last night to try, but havn't put it on yet.

I get what edge is talking about, but the shifter is all aluminum so doesn't have that rubber sock like most shifters have. That shifter condom is an interesting concept.

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Please post up your results from the glue. I could use some of that stuff too.

Just joking this pair is far gone. But I would like to do it to a new pair of boots.

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I've had a pair of boots for about six years myself. There is a whole worn in the bottom of my left boot. I love them and and getting them re-soled soon. I understand.

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This saved my $150 Aplinestar boots from wearing a hole all the way through the top toe area. Over a year now and no additional wear. Also glued the soles of my work boots back on and holds like nothing else. Best part is it's like 5 bucks at walmart by the shoes.

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This saved my $150 Aplinestar boots from wearing a hole all the way through the top toe area. Over a year now and no additional wear. Also glued the soles of my work boots back on and holds like nothing else. Best part is it's like 5 bucks at walmart by the shoes.
So, there we go. Now I get it. Sorry...I was on my phone and didn't Bing it.

I'll look into that stuff, its interesting

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Please post up your results from the glue. I could use some of that stuff too.
Well, the first stuff I tried started flaking off after a couple rides. I don't know if I didn't let it dry long enough or not... I went with the cheapest stuff I could find, so maybe that's my issue. I have some more expensive stuff on order that I'm going to try. I'll let you know how that goes...

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