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I'm interested in buying a pair of boots for riding the 919. I've never owned a pair of riding boots before and i'm new to owning a sport bike. I won't be taking the bike to a track or doing much aggressive riding. I've done a little research and I think I would want more of a touring style boot rather than a full on race style boot. The less buckles and plastic the better. IMO. Any recommendations?

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I have Dr. Martin steeltoe boots. I can ride in the rain for a few hours without getting wet and are comfy to walk with.

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I got a pair of Alpinestars touring boots a few months ago and love them.

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Before that I also wore Dr. Martens, but I find the Alpinestars much more comfortable... VERY waterproof, but not too hot... good for walking around when off the bike too.

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I have some Alpinestars One O One street boots. Comfortable, stylish, and work well HOWEVER mine have worn through the top left toe where the shifter hits. This happened in less than a season. I'm gonna write them an email and complain when I get around to it. Sucks because I love the shoes and still wear them but I know its only a matter of time before my toe is getting aired out.

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I got a pair of Alpinestars touring boots a few months ago and love them.

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Before that I also wore Dr. Martens, but I find the Alpinestars much more comfortable... VERY waterproof, but not too hot... good for walking around when off the bike too.
I've got two pair of those. Best motorcycle boots I've ever worn. You can take off and walk around in them from the first moment you put them on, and do so comfortably. Nice boots.

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I've got two pair of those. Best motorcycle boots I've ever worn. You can take off and walk around in them from the first moment you put them on, and do so comfortably. Nice boots.
+1 I have a pair too and they are 3 years old and still in great shape, very comfy and keep my feet pretty warm in winter.

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I have a pair of SIDI Way boots similar to these. I've worn them all day without issue and walked around in them comfortably too.
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I was in that same spot as you. I had never owned dedicated motorcycle boots before. I wanted something that wouldn't make me look like Gene Simmons while not riding and I also wanted them waterproof. I went with these. They are very comfortable to walk around in and look like regular casual boots. They have an ankle buckle but it would be a simple matter to remove it and just go with the laces. I have only been riding with them a month but I think they're great. NO offense to the Gene Simmons boots previously posted.


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I usually wear Doc Martens as well, but never thought of them as comfortable. I was going to say you could shoot over to Leo's South and check them out, but you're about an hour south or so.
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i guess imma outta the norm here, i bought a pair of Aquila's branded boots, not the most comfy to walk in, but i didnt buy them to walk in





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but i didnt buy them to walk in
Very true, so let me qualify my above statement by saying, They allow enough ankle flex to shift easily, they are no so bulky that it is difficult to shift. The thick rubber soles offer complete isolation from the buzzy 4200-5000 919 rev range, and you get all that for $125.

Again, just my observations on this particular boot. The taller boots, to me, look like hell, but would seem to offer very nice protection well above the ankle especially if your pants start to creep up. The cost is what throws me. Those usually run over $200. Maybe next year.

How much were Aquila's? I tried to get in on his Legionnaire glove buy, but it was before I knew about "thread subscriptions" and missed my chance.

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I have Joe Rocket Meteor boots. They are all day comfy and waterproof. I've had mine for about 2 years/16,000 miles and they are starting to show some wear. The part you pull over to velcro is starting to rip. Don't know if I'd buy them again, but they are okay.

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$200 for pants or a jacket I understand, $200 for shoes I think is fracken crazy. I dont spend more than $60 on any pair of shoes. So I find my self hitting my head hard against the wall everytime it comes time for me to look at riding boots. I just can't spend that kind of money.

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These are my street riding boots, but you better be able to ride your ass off at the front of the pack or never leave the Starbucks one of the two


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At least they have toe-sliders.

If I ride on my toe-nails I still drag my toe-sliders in the 919.

My usual disclaimer: I have the stock suspension and haven't set sag for my weight YMMV etc etc

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$200 for pants or a jacket I understand, $200 for shoes I think is fracken crazy. I dont spend more than $60 on any pair of shoes. So I find my self hitting my head hard against the wall everytime it comes time for me to look at riding boots. I just can't spend that kind of money.
I won't say what my last pair of tennis shoes cost. Heck, the shoes I wear to the office were even more expensive than my riding boots.

Stick a pair of quality shoes on them feet and feel the difference.

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These are my street riding boots, but you better be able to ride your ass off at the front of the pack or never leave the Starbucks one of the two
Don't lie! These are really what you wear...and I know you wear them with socks on.


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I was in that same spot as you. I had never owned dedicated motorcycle boots before. I wanted something that wouldn't make me look like Gene Simmons while not riding and I also wanted them waterproof. I went with these. They are very comfortable to walk around in and look like regular casual boots. They have an ankle buckle but it would be a simple matter to remove it and just go with the laces. I have only been riding with them a month but I think they're great. NO offense to the Gene Simmons boots previously posted.


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I've been wearing these ones for a year now, very comfortable. Good boot to walk around in, waterproofing is very effective. They can get a little hot though.

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These are my street riding boots, but you better be able to ride your ass off at the front of the pack or never leave the Starbucks one of the two
Damn! Reminds me of a guy on one of the rides i went on. White Puma boots - looked like a Star Wars Storm Trooper.

I love my Sidi B2 boots:

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I have a pair of Triumph riding boots that my wife bought me for my b-day this year.



love em. Comfy from the first time I put em on and pretty nice for walking around in also (but the top of the boot tends to rub my calf if I don't tighten down the tops enough.


Kept my feet bone-dry though a couple torrential downpours already $$.

And when not on the bike they almost pass for normal boots.

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Damn! Reminds me of a guy on one of the rides i went on. White Puma boots - looked like a Star Wars Storm Trooper.

I love my Sidi B2 boots:
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The guys on the local board swear by the Sidi boots. Never tried them.

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The guys on the local board swear by the Sidi boots. Never tried them.
I find the Sidis fit my feet well, so I stick with them.

I have two sets now, having upgraded to a more hardcore Vortice boot just for the track.
My original Strada Evo Tepor boots of 2006 are still fine. To me they seemed to be the limit in terms of still being a true " wear for many hours in comfort and very easy to walk in" boot. I still see them the same way and would get them again, or whatever the present day equivalent is.

My wife has a pair of Sidi woman specific Jasmin Rain, and finds them to be a very comfortable boot.

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I love my Daytona boots. I've had them forever and they still look brand new. Those Germans sure know how to make a good boot!


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Damn! Reminds me of a guy on one of the rides i went on. White Puma boots - looked like a Star Wars Storm Trooper.

I love my Sidi B2 boots:
I've had the B2 for years. Love them! Not a top of the line race boot, but comfortable and well made; well worth the $200.

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Been riding Sidi Vertigo's for 2 years and these are excellent boots for street and track riding, specially like this ventilation system

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I have a pair of Sidi Vertigo Corsa's. Got a great deal on them. I have wide feet and find with the extra adjustability of these boots they are comfy enough for me to wear all day.

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I love my Sidi B2 boots:
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I got mine used for about $90 off of eBay.

Very comfortable, but I don't have anything to compare to other than A-Stars MX boots (Tech-5 & Tech-8)... totally different ballgame.

The only downside to the B2 (and this may apply to most street/track boots) is the soles wear fairly quickly due to being kinda soft. But I know the more expensive SIDI's come with soles that can be replaced by the consumer just by ordering new ones off the website.

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I get regular email alerts from bikebandit - just received one from them & found these TCX SS Sport Touring Boots:

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I also have the B2 boots, in the GoreTex version. It rains every day in Miami during the summer and I had to have something weatherproof. In retrospect I could have spent less money but they are quality boots with replaceable parts. They certainly look abnormal to be walking in but I cover them with my pants legs.

Don't forget good tall boot socks that wick moisture. I wear Fox River boot socks and bought six pair from zappos.com.

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I recently bought a pair of Alpinestars Web boots too & like them alot. A friend of mine bought the Alpinestars Ridge boots at the same time & she likes them too. They're both touring style boots (velcro & zippers--no buckles). The Ridge are shorter than my Webs. Both are waterproof. I also have a pair of Shift Fuel shoes and find them very comfortable. They offer less protection than my Alpinestars though. Also, thay are not in any way waterproof (I know this from experience)

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Bump for a new question.

Okay I have resorted my self to spending the $200 or more for a good set of boots. However, I need to find a pair that has good soles and wont slip on light gravel. I don't need Dirt boots but something with enough tracktion that I wont loose grip when I setp on gravel.

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I havn't been able to bring myself to buy a nice pair street riding boots. But past experience has taught me that if their is one article of clothing one will spend money on. Its foot wear. Pants/jackets/shirts can be ceap and comfy. But boots. You get what you pay for. Get good quality stuff.

Ever since I did landscaping as a college job I realized the cheapo boots don't cut it. Get the 100 or even 200 dollar boots. Man they are like wearing high end running shoes but with the protection of a boot. I rarely wear gym shoes anymore. Exceptt when I go to the gym of coarse.

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I need to find a pair that has good soles and wont slip on light gravel. I don't need Dirt boots but something with enough tracktion that I wont loose grip when I setp on gravel.
This was also one of my requirements in a boot.

I looked far and wide and ended up with this Sidi product built for Aerostich. So far I'm very happy with them, they are made from a very heavy leather which took about a month to break in and they have a lug sole which offers good grip and can be replaced when it wears out.


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Icon Field armor....Alpinestars Scout..and a pair of Nitro ...Really like the Scouts but you guys might think they are too "ADV rider". They are as waterproof as a submarine..

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New Enough has the Sidi B2's on closeout right now.

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