So until now I’ve been riding in just walking boots. Not just any walking boots mind, but some Salomon Quest 4D GTX boots, which have been undoubtedly the best boot I’ve ever owned.
As good as they are as walking boots, they are not motorcycle boots, though they have provided a very good stop gap for a couple of weeks until I could get around to getting some purpose designed boots. The biggest problem I’ve found with them is the size of the boot giving me issues fitting it under the gear shift, and the padding on the boot not being in all the right places. If I go down I’d rather have armour protecting bits of my ankle and holding me together. The other issue is the feedback from the boots – as riding is about being connected to the bike, it’s important to feel what the bike is telling you – walking boots are designed to dampen feedback from the soles, which doesn’t give as good of a connection. The inverse is that you wouldn’t want to go for a hike in motorcycle boots!
Another trip to Infinity motorcycles, and I quickly settled on the awesome Alpinestar SMX 6 boots, in black.
The biggest factor for these was fit and price. I did think about going waterproof, but honestly I felt id rather have boots I can wear all year round. Besides, only the feet are exposed, as my pants will cover the rest of the boot, so how waterproof do they really need to be? Especially as I’m not planning to ride in particularly bad weather.
Looking forward to trying these out! Oh and they’re my first ever pair of big black leather boots. They look awesome!