When it comes to riding a motorcycle, the boots or shoes you wear on a regular basis just don't cut it. If you get in a crash, your feet will get seriously messed up if you just wear street shoes. Also, there's little chance you'll be as comfortable. Motorcycle boots are made to make riding better and the right boots can make you look good, keep you comfortable and keep your ugly toes safe.
There are some things to keep in mind when shopping for motorcycle boots, though. Here are a few tips. I hope these come in handy.
1. Make Sure They Adequately Cover Your Ankles
In essence, make sure the boots come high enough on your leg to protect you the way they should. More protection is always better, but you don't have to get some crazy high boots. Just at least make sure that the boots come up a few inches past where you ankle bends. Most boots will do this no problem, but it's still something you should think about.
2. Research The Materials
Don't just assume that because something is marketed as a motorcycle boot that the materials are going to be top notch. Many are, some aren't. Do some research and find out what exactly the boots are made out of and where they're made. Maybe find a review or two online and see what the pros thought about them.
3. Research The Brand
One good way to make sure you're getting boots that are going to protect you, be comfortable and look great, is by buying a well-known brand. Alpinestars, River Road and Tour Masters all sell wonderful boots, but there are plenty of other reputable brands out there. Price can be an indicator of quality but it isn't always. So try to read up on what brands are well-respected among the motorcycle community.
4. Determine The Closures That Are right For You
Clips, buckles, laces - all of these things are common on motorcycle boots. Some of them work better than others, but what sucks is that not every person is the same. Some people are more comfortable with laces, others clips and buckles, or something else entirely. Try a few different pairs on and spend a little time thinking about what you'd like best. Also, remember the type of closure affects the look of the boot, and while comfort and protection should be your chief concern, there's no reason to buy ugly boots. There's a lot of options out there. Get something that looks good.
5. Get Boots That Fit You And Your Bike
Dirtbike boots look funny on a Harley-Davidson, and you probably won't feel very comfortable riding around with those boots on a cruiser bike either. While how the boot fits and if it will protect your feet should be your chief concern, don't get boots that don't fit your bike. You'll feel better, ride better and not look like an idiot when you go to meet a few buddies. Mismatched gear is a sign that you don't know what you're doing, and while you don't necessarily have to have the perfectly matching boots to jacket to pants to gloves to helmet combination, you should at least try to get boots that compliment the rest of your gear.