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5 Things to Consider When Choosing Motorcycle Boots

Jul 21, 2008
Though many people don't realize it, choosing the right motorcycle boot can not only be quite difficult, but also extremely important ensuring comfort, safety and function to your motorcycle ride. Motorcycle boots not only have to be practical for riding, but for walking as well. Here are the top five things to consider when choosing the right motorcycle boot.

5. Material

Motorcycle boots need to be made from a material that can handle the elements well. While many people feel leather is the ideal material choice, once exposed to the elements leather can stiffen and become uncomfortable, as well as rot. If you must have leather boots, make sure they are made with thick, quality leather and treated with a water proofing agent. You may also choose a synthetic material such as Gore-Tex which is excellent for almost any weather condition.

4. Sole

Choosing motorcycle boots with thick rubber soles will help absorb vibration from the motorcycle that can cause foot and leg pain. A deep tread pattern is essential for traction and stability. Choose a sole that is oil-resistant to help prevent slippage. And most importantly, choose a sole that has been sewn on, rather than glued with a bonding agent, as these are much more durable.

3. Flexibility

Boots should be stiff enough that they offer reinforcement to the foot, but should also be flexible in key areas to help with comfort. Many brands of motorcycle boots offer a flexible ankle panel, that is excellent for braking and shifting. You can also bind boots with additional reinforcements in the front of the boot for the ankle for extra support, but will also still allow you to have the flexibility you need.

2. Style

By style, we don't mean the fashion statement your motorcycle boots are going to make. The style of the boot refers to how it's made. When purchasing motorcycle boots, it's best to avoid slip on style boots, as these can easily slip off in the event of a crash or even minor spill. Instead, you should choose boots that lace or zipper to close. There are even hook and loop closure boots that you can choose from, as well as boots made with a combination of these closures. Any of these three options will provide a boot that is securely attached to your foot, and prevent the risk of having your boot come off while riding or in the event of an accident.

1. Price

When it comes to motorcycle boots, the old adage, "You get what you pay for" definitely holds true. While it may not seem that important to you to pay a great deal of money for you boots, it is definitely worth your while to do so. Purchasing cheaply made, poor quality boots can lead to foot pain, difficulties in braking and shifting or even having your boots fall apart if you get caught in a rain storm. Even if you can't afford a top of the line pair of motorcycle boots, you should still avoid purchasing low quality boots and instead try and find something in between.
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