• A few people have been scammed on the site, Only use paypal to pay for items for sale by other members. If they will not use paypal, its likely a scam NEVER SEND E-TRANSFERS OF ANY KIND.

Shoes Instead of Boots

WutangPanda

Member
Joined
Mar 4, 2021
Messages
35
Reaction score
16
Points
8
Location
DMV
Visit site
As a new rider I have steadily been trying to collect the safest gear available to me (and my budget). I have been looking for something I can ride in and not have to change out. There is no place for storage of personal items at my job and I have to be on my feet and moving for 12hrs at a time. My normal work boots are Timberlands, and I would wear them but they give me difficulty with shifting and have no ankle protection. I have tried three different CE rated riding shoes and one set of boots; none of them fit properly. Any suggestions?
 

CapeMan

Site Supporter
Joined
Mar 8, 2019
Messages
138
Reaction score
202
Points
43
Location
Prescott, AZ
Visit site
As a new rider I have steadily been trying to collect the safest gear available to me (and my budget). I have been looking for something I can ride in and not have to change out. There is no place for storage of personal items at my job and I have to be on my feet and moving for 12hrs at a time. My normal work boots are Timberlands, and I would wear them but they give me difficulty with shifting and have no ankle protection. I have tried three different CE rated riding shoes and one set of boots; none of them fit properly. Any suggestions?
Man, that's a tough one. Could you carry work shoes and ride with good riding boots and just swap-out once you get to work and just stick the riding boots in the frunk?
 

fleetingyouth

Active Member
Joined
Sep 24, 2013
Messages
300
Reaction score
133
Points
43
Location
Boston, MA
Visit site
Not sure if it is what you are looking for but I have several pairs by TCX. My favorite is an older version of this

They have several shoe styles and boots all with great protection and style. I get complimented on the shoes all the time and people never realize they are motorcycle shoes.
I have wide feet and they fit me better than most shoes.
 

WutangPanda

Member
Joined
Mar 4, 2021
Messages
35
Reaction score
16
Points
8
Location
DMV
Visit site
Not sure if it is what you are looking for but I have several pairs by TCX. My favorite is an older version of this

They have several shoe styles and boots all with great protection and style. I get complimented on the shoes all the time and people never realize they are motorcycle shoes.
I have wide feet and they fit me better than most shoes.
I have tried several kinds of TCX foot wear, but it doesn't fit well and/or it would be uncomfortable to wear. Thanks for the suggestion.
 

WutangPanda

Member
Joined
Mar 4, 2021
Messages
35
Reaction score
16
Points
8
Location
DMV
Visit site
Man, that's a tough one. Could you carry work shoes and ride with good riding boots and just swap-out once you get to work and just stick the riding boots in the frunk?
I thought about that, but I put my helmet in my frunk when at work. Having to lace in and out of Timbs in a parking garage on top of carrying them is why I've been wearing my sneakers.
 

melensdad

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 16, 2018
Messages
1,932
Reaction score
1,966
Points
113
Location
usa
Visit site
Have you thought about installing a top box? They seem to be available in almost any price range.
Ditto

Or just drive your car?

There are lots of options but each involves some compromise. Up to, and including, leaving the bike at home. So pick the poison you are willing to swallow. Go without protection. Wear minimal protection that still offers enough comfort. Wear protection and lock it to the bike in a top box or panniers.

Just me but I now leave my side panniers and top box on the bike 100% of the time. If I ride in hot weather the side boxes are big enough to stow an armored jacket, pants, etc., helmet in the top box (won’t fit in the Frunk).

Make the choice.
 
Last edited:
  • Like
Reactions: MZ5

Floowid

Member
Joined
Feb 26, 2021
Messages
54
Reaction score
58
Points
18
Location
Salt Lake City, Utah
Visit site

melensdad

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 16, 2018
Messages
1,932
Reaction score
1,966
Points
113
Location
usa
Visit site
They aren’t quite out yet but the new Icon Stormhawk boots replaced the Patrol 2. They have a BOA system (ratcheting stainless monofilament wire) for a personalized fit. I think they’re pretty slick looking. https://www.sportbiketrackgear.com/icon-stormhawk-waterproof-boots/
But are they actually protective? No protection for the shin. No heel cup. The toe is only reinforced with rubber.

I agree they are good looking but will they protect your foot from being crushed or otherwise injured?

This is the problem I have with so many boots, many are more style than substance. On the other hand, some are so much substance that they are unwearable off the bike.
 

Rabbit

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 28, 2015
Messages
432
Reaction score
250
Points
63
Location
Ohio
Visit site
But are they actually protective? No protection for the shin. No heel cup. The toe is only reinforced with rubber.

I agree they are good looking but will they protect your foot from being crushed or otherwise injured?

This is the problem I have with so many boots, many are more style than substance. On the other hand, some are so much substance that they are unwearable off the bike.
I believe they are CE 1 rated. My other Icons are and are very similar
 

Rabbit

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 28, 2015
Messages
432
Reaction score
250
Points
63
Location
Ohio
Visit site
Lots of riding shoes carry a CE rating but offer very little protection.
The OP asked for riding shoes I believe so shin protection is out but can be mitigated through the use of shin/knee guards. Dainese makes an excellent pair for 70$. There is d3o armor in the ankle, a stiff toe and I believe a heel cup if they’re anything like my current Icons. While they aren’t top end protective, the CE ratings are all we can really rely on when comparing different shoes. They offer crush protection for the foot and abrasion resistance as well. That’s about all you can ask for from a decent shorty boot. They also won’t come off thanks to the BOA system.
 

melensdad

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 16, 2018
Messages
1,932
Reaction score
1,966
Points
113
Location
usa
Visit site
The OP asked for riding shoes I believe so shin protection is out but can be mitigated through the use of shin/knee guards. Dainese makes an excellent pair for 70$. There is d3o armor in the ankle, a stiff toe and I believe a heel cup if they’re anything like my current Icons. While they aren’t top end protective, the CE ratings are all we can really rely on when comparing different shoes. They offer crush protection for the foot and abrasion resistance as well. That’s about all you can ask for from a decent shorty boot. They also won’t come off thanks to the BOA system.
Yes, I realize what the OP asked about. But this boot doesn't really have much protection.

I'm not convinced CE ratings mean too much anymore.

As I said earlier in the this thread, we need to make a choice. I just pointed out that there are boots that don't offer much protection. This probably is one of those.
 

halfSpinDoctor

Site Supporter
Joined
Jul 31, 2018
Messages
289
Reaction score
334
Points
63
Location
Madison, WI
Visit site
I'm a +1 on top box. Or since you mentioned you park in a garage, if it is covered you can always attach the helmet to the holder cable under the rear seat, and save the frunk for shoe storage.

Motorcycling is never quite as convenient as a car, when you have to consider where to put your gear once you get to your destination, but hopefully the added fun of commuting on two wheels and potential time savings on a bike vs. car (depending on local filtering laws...), the equation tips in favor of motorcycle commuting.
 
Top