Mens motorcycle boots come in all sorts of shapes and sizes in order to accommodate the wide range of applications that they need to cater for.
The first question you need to ask yourself is what sort of riding do I plan on using the motorcycle boot for. Your needs are very different depending on the type of bike, type of weather and even the type of road you plan on tackling.
For most of us a simple waterproof men’s motorcycle boot is an ideal all rounder and these start at around £59.99 for a cheap basic off the shelf item.
At this end of the market you will be getting little more than a lightly armoured wellington but you don’t have to spend a fortune to get something a lot better from a name brand. Budget around £80 and you can wear something from a respected company such as Spada.
This sort of money will also get you into the more basic styles of short men’s motorcycle boots, which are particularly popular with scooter commuters and people who tend to wear their motorcycle boots a lot off of the bike.
Heavy duty men’s motorcycle boots such as the Sidi courier are popular with some riders who are on their bikes all day as the full grain leather used in such models has extra durability as does the thick soles.
For extra heavy duty use look for some motocross boots. Just don’t expect to climb Everest in them!
Short style sporty summer motorcycle boots are also now widely available and offer an amazing level of accident protection over the classic pair of army boots. These are great for wearing with Kevlar jeans.
Goretex can be found in a lot of high end men’s motorcycle boots and offers a degree of breathability and comfort once thought impossible in footwear. Manufacturers such as Daytona and Sidi work closely with WL Gore to ensure the best possible product for the end user.
For the sportier rider race replica boots are popular and again you don’t have to spend big money to get the look, or indeed a lot of the protection of a full track motorcycle boot. £100 can buy something that will do the job fine for most road riders. If you’re really serious about protection or just want something that does get worn on the track by the big boys then budget at least a couple of hundred pounds and have a look at models from Sidi, Dainese or Daytona.
Many good quality men’s motorcycle boots are rebuildable, either by the factory as in the case of Daytona, or by a capable shoesmith.
The more you spend on men’s motorcycle boots the more you get but look for at least basic ankle protection discs and some form of re-inforced shin protection. On higher end models you’ll find replaceable toe sliders, replaceable shin and ankle protectors, steel shank anti crush soles and full ventilation systems. All designed to keep you as safe and comfortable on and off the bike as possible.
Don’t expect to find steel toe caps in mens motorcycle boots though - toe caps can actually remove your toes in a bad accident. Ouch!
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