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Hey all,

I've got a pair of motorcycle boots that I like a lot, they are very comfortable. But they are the regular lace-up kind and that gets to be a bit of a pain when changing shoes when I get to work or when I want to walk around for a while (one of the things that makes them so comfortable on the bike; the really stiff ankle; also makes them less-than-idea for walking!).

So, looking for some zip-up boots that are a little easier to get on/off quickly. Any suggestions?
 

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Bates. Uniform boots. Come in low (just above the ankle) or high tops. High ones have laces and zippers. I use the low ones in the summer, higher one in the winter. In and out of the squad over 30 times a shift makes high tops cumbersome. However, the snow drifts we get to climb through make them necessary. Breaking them in makes a big difference. Hard on the feet & ankles at first but they are really comfortable to walk in afer broken in. Check in Police uniform shops, Army surplus or Farm stores near you.
 

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I've had great luck with 5.11 boots for over a decade, several models to chose from. Practically no break-in period.
 

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Just in case you had not thought about it. Be sure to get a pair that has a continued piece of leather or what ever material the boot is made of across the zipper. Zippers LEAK.
 

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I Like the 5.11 also. But i find a nice motorcycle boot. I got them at a chucks boots in st louis. Think you have one by you too. they are a nice leather riding boot with dual zipper along the side the laces. I love them.

Milwaukee Leather
http://www.mmccleather.com/motorcycle-boots/mens-motorcycle-boots/milwaukee-trooper-motorcycle-boots.html
Yeah. I think there's a chuck's boots in St.Louis somewhere near me in St.Louis :D

Just in case you had not thought about it. Be sure to get a pair that has a continued piece of leather or what ever material the boot is made of across the zipper. Zippers LEAK.
Had not considered that, thanks! Will look into that. Waterproof would be nice! My current boots are 'sprinkle resistant', but in a serious downpour they get soaked. I want to find something that can really avoid that...
 

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Yes my boots are waterproof. If you have them zipped all the way up. I also mink oiled them as soon as I got them.



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I was an inch close to getting some bates waterproof boots, but, a friend of mine who had some in the past told me they were junk. I have been looking for the same thing for about a month. The best thing I can find is this... http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/3/11/94/93/ITEM/River-Road-Turnpike-Cruiser-Tour-Boots.aspx

These are not zippers, but the only other ones I liked had a heavy duty sole which I'm not to keen on...
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/3/11/94/88/ITEM/River-Road-Double-Zipper-Field-Boots.aspx
http://www.shoemall.com/p/milwaukee-mens-motorcycle-8-boot/?color=Black&utm_source=Bing&utm_medium=CSE&utm_campaign=CSE
[ame]http://www.amazon.com/Milwaukee-Motorcycle-Clothing-Leather-10-5D/dp/B001GCRW6Q[/ame]

And my favorite...
[ame]http://www.amazon.com/Harley-Davidson-Jayden-Black-Biker/dp/B009YFCOEC[/ame]

Romans, do not buy xelement. I have some and they are flimsy.
 

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I am not a big fan of the Harley Davidson Boots. I had a pair of them that had laces and zipped on the side. They were ok to ride in, PAINFUL to walk in and were just all around rather cheap. The leather work held up fair but the insides were lacking. Also they zipper pulls broke after about a year, lace hooks bent. My wife has a pair of them and likes them but from my time being married, (this is a general statement, so you ladies don't attack me) women are more pleased with the looks over comfort, she also don't wear boots as much as I do. (Almost everyday)

I have also heard that they are manufactured by a "Cheapest Bidder" type process. They take a pile of :poop: and put numerous shield and "HDs" all over it and sale it for $$$.
 

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Huh?

I was an inch close to getting some bates waterproof boots, but, a friend of mine who had some in the past told me they were junk. I have been looking for the same thing for about a month. The best thing I can find is this... http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/3/11/94/93/ITEM/River-Road-Turnpike-Cruiser-Tour-Boots.aspx

These are not zippers, but the only other ones I liked had a heavy duty sole which I'm not to keen on...
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/3/11/94/88/ITEM/River-Road-Double-Zipper-Field-Boots.aspx
http://www.shoemall.com/p/milwaukee-mens-motorcycle-8-boot/?color=Black&utm_source=Bing&utm_medium=CSE&utm_campaign=CSE
http://www.amazon.com/Milwaukee-Motorcycle-Clothing-Leather-10-5D/dp/B001GCRW6Q

And my favorite...
http://www.amazon.com/Harley-Davidson-Jayden-Black-Biker/dp/B009YFCOEC

Romans, do not buy xelement. I have some and they are flimsy.
Strange. Do you know how many LEOs wear Bates? Gotta be hundreds of thousands. That wouldn't happen if they were junk. Mine are waterproof and it works. I end up standing in the rain for hours somedays and they have never let me down. They also have great grippy soles (good in snow, wet pavement and mud), and they laste for years. Perhaps about 3 years per pair I'd say. With constant use I'd say that's better than the average. I don't work for Bates, nor get a discount or anything. They just are comfortable and work. JMHO
 

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Bear is right a lot of first responders wear bates all the time. I don't know about in Mo. but in Al. Academy Sports Carries Bates service boots but Sheplers.com has a Bates waterproof motorcycle boot that looks good http://www.sheplers.com/Bates-Escalante-Waterproof-Lace-Up-Motorcycle-Boots-Round-Toe/16493.pro?&relationType=searchResults. I was going to order them but found a pair of Wolverine waterproof ten inch boots that were only $90. so I tried them and so far so good. There not zipper side but the shaft of the boot only has three speed rings and come on and off easily. Another plus is they have 600 grams of thinsulate which is good this time of year. I haven't been caught in the rain on the Nomad in them yet but I work out in the elements all day every day and have stomped through mud, water, and tall wet grass in them and so far they have performed as well as my $230 Red wings.The stock number in the tongue on them is W08772.
 

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Yeah, Bates generally does make some good boots. I had a pair ten years ago that shredded my heels so I swore off of them for a while. Since then that model (a first generation when I got it) has been updated and is quite comfortable, as most of their boots are.
In that same style, I always throw out the Bellevilles as a suggestion. I like them over Bates and have several different pairs including the 330 ST, 330 Desert ST, and 340 Desert ST, plus some other never worn sets in the original boxes. Those things can take some abuse and to me they are as comfortable the first time I put them on as they are 3-4 years later.

As far as, motorcycle specific or zip up boots, I've never worn any so I don't have any opinion.
 

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I am not a big fan of the Harley Davidson Boots. I had a pair of them that had laces and zipped on the side. They were ok to ride in, PAINFUL to walk in and were just all around rather cheap. The leather work held up fair but the insides were lacking. Also they zipper pulls broke after about a year, lace hooks bent. My wife has a pair of them and likes them but from my time being married, (this is a general statement, so you ladies don't attack me) women are more pleased with the looks over comfort, she also don't wear boots as much as I do. (Almost everyday)

I have also heard that they are manufactured by a "Cheapest Bidder" type process. They take a pile of :poop: and put numerous shield and "HDs" all over it and sale it for $$$.

Crazy, I have had a pair of Harley buckle, no zip, over the calf boots since around 1993. They still are kicking, just a bit to much to get on with these old bones nowadays...used to wear them out on the town few days a week, and casually with jeans and kakis. They will not kick the bucket...
 

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Yep, never know until you try them. I was just going by what someone else said about Bates. Friend had them for work in a print shop, he said they wore out easy, you guys say otherwise. Have to give them a try then.
 

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I wear Danner Striker IIs. Full leather, insulated, waterproof (keep 'em oiled), leather over the heavy-duty zipper (no leaks), excellent traction. Mine have the composite safety toe but you can get them without. They are expensive, but they are the most comfortable boots I have ever worn in my life. You can find them online for around $170.
 

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I'll look into the Bates. Brother in law is an LEO and I'm pretty sure he wears Bates. Either way, I'm sure he'll know where to find them.

The big thing though, is something decent and easy on/off (while not being easy-off in a get-off, which is why the zipper is nice). My boots I have now I'm happy with. But it sure is a pain lacing them up and then taking them off when I get to the office or whatever. I know, seems silly, but when you do it a couple times a day you begin to really envy the guys who just slip 'em on and zip 'em up. Of course, I never wanted to outgrow velcro shoes when I was little either. Why should I have to lace up shoes just because I'm a big kid now?
 

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Crazy, I have had a pair of Harley buckle, no zip, over the calf boots since around 1993. They still are kicking, just a bit to much to get on with these old bones nowadays...used to wear them out on the town few days a week, and casually with jeans and kakis. They will not kick the bucket...
That is what made makes me think they switch manufacturers. I have not seen a pair like mine of shelf since I got them back in 2004. I may have gotten a discontinued pair. I thought they were good boots at first and wore them quite a bit at first but just did not hold up. I have heard other talk about how good they are and others on how bad they are. Even the stitching work between the upper and low part of the shoe was coming out. It is hard to trust a dog once you've been bitten.
 

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I love having zip up boots, like Romans was saying, it makes it much easier to transistion when you aren't riding.

I have a pair of magnums that I bought when I used to run rescue with a zipper on the side. I think they discontinued the exact ones I have, but heres a link to one that similar. I've had the boots for 4 years now and they're a bit beat up but they've done great for me.

http://www.magnumboots.com/us/product-stealth-force-8-0-sz-ct-black.html
 

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I have gotten Bates at Dick's Sporting Goods. They work great for me. Lots of air flow in summer is a plus. I put a couple coats of waterproof silicone spray on them and love em. They are comfortable enough to ride to a park, do a hike, and ride home.
 
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