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I have been on the lookout for new boots. I am a big fan of the zip up side boots, mostly because it reduces any water coming in through the tongue, and proper care (spraying them frequently) makes them water resistant. (I have never owned any like that, I just think they look good, and would be practical).

I did a search, but no luck. Has anyone tried these:

http://www.mmccleather.com/milwaukee-afterburner-motorcycle-boots.html



They look good, and the price is right. (They range from as low as $90 up to $160 on many websites.) Just like everything else, if you shop around, you can probably get a deal.

Just looking for some opinions on these, or any other boots that are like this style (zip up sides, no laces).

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I am not a big fan of the zip up boots. Just prefer the slip ons. I have a pair of these from Leather Up and am very pleased with them.
 

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I am not a big fan of the zip up boots. Just prefer the slip ons. I have a pair of these from Leather Up and am very pleased with them.
I have tried on a few slip on pairs and a few zip up the side pairs. Those look nice though. I may have to go and start trying on more boots before I decide.
 

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Well, after countless hours searching, going into many, many stores, and trying on lots and lots of different boots, I have decided to order the Milwaukee afterburner boots. I did not get to try them on, just other zip up pairs that are similar. I like the zip up style without laces, mostly because it eliminates an entry point of water for those inevitable times that I will be caught in the rain.

The boots have great reviews all over the internet, plus I got to examine another pair of Milwaukee boots and can say with certainty that they are very well made.

I get them Saturday. I'll have to try them out and let everyone know how they feel/fit.

Price was $90 including expedited shipping and taxes through Amazon. My local store has them at $160 plus tax! Yikes!. Average online price was about $110, as high as $170.

This is shiped to a place just over the border, about 1.5 hours drive for me. Shipping to Canada with duties/customs fees would have been another $70. So, my wife, kids and I will make a day out of it. :)

I have no idea how there can be that large of a price gap, but it is there. And not just on these boots, on many that I looked for.

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Well, I picked up the boots. I must say I am very impressed with the quality and comfort of these boots. Well made, good quality leather, materials, and soles, and a great price.

I haven't ridden with them yet, but they fit well, although loose around the top, which is to be expected with side zip boots.

They feel "worn in" already (which is a good thing :)) No long wearing in period required.

Now I need to get out for a ride to give them a true test.

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Got a question for you slip-on boots guys.

How easy do they SLIP OFF? One of the reasons I wear high over the ankle boots is because I want them to stay ON in a spill. I like the idea of slip on boots, but I wouldn't want them to slip off in an unplanned get-off! Met a guy once with a prosthetic foot from a very high speed sportbike accident (went down in the triple digits). Was wearing tennis shoes that got yanked off his feet pretty much the moment he went down, and one of his feet made quite a bit of contact with the asphalt, and I'll let you all imagine the results. That, along with not being so sure-footed the times I've ridden in tennis shoes, has kinda got me stuck to wearing good over the ankle boots whenever I ride.

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With most "Western", "Cowboy" or what ever you prefer to call them type boot I have worn, what keeps them on you feet is how the fit on the top of your foot. That is where they need to be snug. Your heel will slip until they are broke in. But back to you question Romans, I would image they would stay on during some slower accidents but if you was to take a good spill at speed I don't see how they would stay on if you was dragging you foot behind you in a slide. I usually wear my old Georgia "Logger" style boots. Some times I will wear my western style boot but only if I know I am just going out to town or to work. (somewhere that I will not be going but doing but town speed). Also the western boots have rubber soles so you can get a little bit of a bite on the pavement when you put your foot down.
 

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I am a fan of zip side boots personally until they've been worn enough that the zipper no longer wants to stay up. I have 2 pairs now (one I've only had for a few months) that the zipper refuses to stay up on the left boot! Thankfully, they tie as well, so I'm able to wrap the laces around just under the zipper to keep it up, but then that just defeats the "easy on/easy off" luxury that draws me to the zipper in the first place!


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Got a question for you slip-on boots guys.

How easy do they SLIP OFF? One of the reasons I wear high over the ankle boots is because I want them to stay ON in a spill. I like the idea of slip on boots, but I wouldn't want them to slip off in an unplanned get-off! Met a guy once with a prosthetic foot from a very high speed sportbike accident (went down in the triple digits). Was wearing tennis shoes that got yanked off his feet pretty much the moment he went down, and one of his feet made quite a bit of contact with the asphalt, and I'll let you all imagine the results. That, along with not being so sure-footed the times I've ridden in tennis shoes, has kinda got me stuck to wearing good over the ankle boots whenever I ride.

-John
There is no question that the adjustable strap at the top of the foot part with these Milwaukee boots will keep them on, and keep them on snug too. The top of the boot around the calf is roomy, but around the foot they feel very snug and comfortable. Even unzipping both sides still requires a bit of effort to pull them off the feet, which was what I was hoping for.

Matt
 
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