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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 03-22-2012, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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What kind of boot's do you wear to ride ? I don't have any motorcycle specific boots and what I do have is uncomfortable so I've been looking around for some thing different , any suggestions ?

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I wear Carolina Linesmen Boots with a 10" upper. They're a good solid boot with great ankle support. I've been wearing them for 4 years and they show no signs of wearing out. Some folks don't like the idea of lace-ups while riding, but I can't wear slip-ons of any type. Combine a weak ankle with plantar fasciitis makes finding boots that don't cause pain a challenge.

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......Some folks don't like the idea of lace-ups while riding, but I can't wear slip-ons of any type. Combine a weak ankle with plantar fasciitis makes finding boots that don't cause pain a challenge.
Now see, for me - I have the plantar's - as well as a HUGE arch and NO ANKLE support so I have to wear some pretty "severe" orthodics in all my footwear ( - and yes, it was my original medical retirement so the VA provides.... thank God) -

"Laced" makes it difficult for me due to the shape of my foot, so I wear (and prefer) a side-zipper on a boot with a pretty snug "upper" to help keep my ankles supported.

Besides that - a really good "composite" sole on the boot to reduce wear and if and when I find a pair that meets/exceeds all my requirements, I keep a spare-pair in the closet 'cuz they're not easy to find!


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I wear these... ( I think this is the right pic... )

great support and super easy side access zipper on both sides .... and you can lace it up tight or loose and then never have to lace it again !!

http://www.jpcycles.com/product/117-...7&zmap=117-262

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I wear these... ( I think this is the right pic... )

great support and super easy side access zipper on both sides .... and you can lace it up tight or loose and then never have to lace it again !!

http://www.jpcycles.com/product/117-...7&zmap=117-262
Thats what I'm looking for easy on , easy off ! I'll be by J&P soon so I can try some on , thats the next hurdle , comfortable fit. I believe they might even be on sale right now.

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Here's a copy of a post I made somewhere else a while back about boots:

Belleville makes a lot of good boots. I have several different styles for work-330 ST, 330 Desert ST, 340, and 550, but the 330ST in chocolate brown is my favorite for riding. I also have some Bates and Danners but I always come back to Bellevilles. They aren't cheap but I abuse boots and the Bellevilles last a while. I've never worn out a set of brown 330s but my last set of 330 Deserts took daily abuse for three years, including six months in Iraq and six months in Afghanistan before a hole developed at the bottom of the tongue near the laces.



I wanted to add that yes these boots typically have really long laces but I just tuck the extra into the top of the boot and haven't had a lace come loose yet. They aren't waterproof, though. I have some Danners that are more water resistant but can still get water-logged and soak through but they have a somewhat unconventional look to them, unlike the 330s.
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I wear boots made by Bates. They're made for military/law enforcement. They're very lightweight, waterproof, made of leather/fabric/rubber, breathable, lace up the front with a zipper on the side for easy on/off. They have great arch/ankle support.
They were recommended to me by a police officer who wears them every day for work. He says they always last him at least 2 years despite walking a beat several days a week. Mine are 3 years old and with only a bit of polish a couple times a season they still look brand new. I am very picky about the shoes I buy because if I don't have good support my feel kill me.
Check your local army/navy store or uniform supply house to try some on. You won't be sorry. Reasonably priced too at about $120.00 when I bought mine.
When/If these boots ever wear out, I'm buying the same boots again.

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I wear these... ( I think this is the right pic... )

great support and super easy side access zipper on both sides .... and you can lace it up tight or loose and then never have to lace it again !!

http://www.jpcycles.com/product/117-...7&zmap=117-262
That is going to be my next boots! I currently have the MMCC Road Captain boots and I love them because they are the most comfortable shoes I have. They only zip on one side but that sure makes it easier to put on and take off. Two zippers should be even better.
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I would LOVE to have a pair of side zipper boots. The laces are getting annoying.

Here are my requirements for boots:

1) Built out of thick and sturdy leather that can handle a slide, preferably steel toe (ever 'kick' something on the highway? I did a while back, truck shredded it's tire around a corner ALL OVER THE PLACE, I got the bike in between the shards no problem but forgot I was cruising with my feet bowed out. YOWZA when I nailed a piece of rubber at 70 mph on my toe. Thankfully, my boots have injection molded plastic toes)

2) Well above the ankle. Various pics and stories of crashes I've seen and stories I've heard involve short-length boots or tennis shoes flying off, so they need to stay on.

3) Thick, oil resistant sole with thick 'off road' style treads. Comes in handy when your stepping into mud or stopping on a bunch of gravel or something, I like to have lots of grip in my boots.

4) Some degree of waterproofing. Nothing is more miserable than wet feet. If I get caught in the rain, I want my feet to be dry. Now, my boots lets some water in at the tongue, but the only time that's caused my feet to get wet is when I've waded through water. Hard rains I don't get much water.

5) Laces must be secured. I like those velcro tabs that go over the laces. That way they don't get caught on the shifter or brake pedal.

I run with Vega touring boots. I like them, very comfortable to ride in, but not the most comfortable to walk around in. Sturdy though, and not too expensive. I'd prefer a zip side.

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I wear a pair of red wing boots... they are pretty tall, waterproofed, and cost $160. Work paid for $100 of it.

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