So as the title says I'm looking for a pair of riding boots. I've looked at my local cycle gear store and they didn't have that much of a selection. I want a boot for everyday riding back and fourth to work but yet still kinda sporty looking for when I go ride for fun. When I get to work I put on actual work boots so they don't need to be super comfy for walking around in. I much prefer a boot that is non lace up, I don't want to have to fiddle with lacing up when I'm in a hurry to get out the door for work (I don't like waking up early ). Also never owning a pair of street riding boots I'm curious how stiff the ankle movement is for shifting, I'm used to just wearing tennis shoes. I did like the style of the TCX X Square boot but their lace up and the run narrow. My shoe size is 12 EE
What kind of boots are you guys wearing for more daily riding use and what do you recommend. Also do you have wide feet if so was hard to find a boot that fits???
Thanks in advance BigKurka
Last Edit: Jan 9, 2019 21:09:39 GMT -7 by bigkurka
I've had the early version of these pair for a few years now (https://www.alpinestars.com/products/road/footwear/smx-1-r-boot)
Most comfortable and longest lasting piece of motorcycle gear I have ever owned.
I ride to work everyday in all conditions. They leak a little in the rain, but it doesn't rain too much in my part of the world.
I have a broad foot and the fit is perfect.
Yep, I wear these same boots in their latest iteration. Easy in, easy out but secure with zipper and velcro. Good all around street boot. I used to wear the taller boots but too clumsy and hot for normal street riding, the shorter ones are all-purpose and work well.
Last Edit: Jan 10, 2019 12:54:26 GMT -7 by evitzee
I was a big supporter of Sidi for almost 20 years but found that they were a tad tight across the toes. I tried and subsequently purchased a pair of Alpinestar SMX-5 boots (I still have a pair of Sidi street Burner short boots) and honestly it felt like putting on a pair of slippers. Much nicer fit! I don't buy Sidi's any more and when the Street Burners expire I'll get the SMX shorties or maybe the fastback shorties.
I used to have Sidi Stradas (both shorty and regular), but they're too narrow even for my normal feet (D), and the sole is too thin. That was the reason for buying them, but the vibes started bothering my feet as I grew older, and they're BAD for walking, so got rid of them. Had several others before those, including the earlier versions of the SMX, and wasn't impressed. I just couldn't stand the tall boots, especially in summer, plus it's hard to shift with those too, so decided no more tall boots. Now have the TCX X-Cubes and are the most comfortable boots I've owned so far. They're 'mid' boots: short, but not as short as a 'shoe' (like my ex-Sidis that they don't protect the ankle), but not so tall that they hinder shifting, or are uncomfortable to wear, so exactly the compromise I was looking for. They're the 'air' version, so need to get something for rain and colder riding. I looked for the X-Cube WPs, but are all gone now. Their substitute is the 'Vibe', which is also made in WP version. They don't have the awesome and super grippy Michelin sole anymore, but supposedly just as good. Thinking of getting those, but will research the latest SMX version too, since a cousin also praised them. Finally, my X-Cubes in size 46 fit my size 12D feet perfectly. They have some room for wider feet, but doubt for an EE. Seems to me the OP needs to look for 'wide' boot versions. Sorry I can't help with that. Good luck.
Last Edit: Jan 10, 2019 12:05:26 GMT -7 by elptxjc
Icon Patrol II boots. Best. Boots. Ever. Boa system for the laces so super quick and easy to get them on. I'm just like you. I wanted quick on and off and hate laces. I have never looked back after buying these boots.
Those boots are more like shoes. I also like small boots, but the TCX X-Cubes I have consider them the minimum height for safety, and they're only 9" tall from the outside (vs 7.5" for those Patrol IIs). Those look nice, but I personally think it makes little sense to make them waterproof that short. You would get water from the top, no? Even mine would be borderline useless in the rain, but I'm pondering exactly that question, since I don't like taller boots. I'd get the TCX Vibes in WP version (the X-Cubes are all gone now), which are the X-Cube's successor.
Finally, forgot to comment about the laces on my previous post. I also hate laces, but the ones on my boots cinch up evenly with just a pull. And a tab in front secures them. I don't mind that system at all. I actually prefer them now, since my previous Sidi and other boots with just a zipper, never fitted right.
Thanks everyone for the replies. Looks like I got a good starting point on what to look at first Thanks again Bigkurka
If you haven't purchased the boots yet try this: www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/cortech-latigo-waterproof-rr-boot I highly recommend Revzilla . I have dealt with them for a long time. Oh - btw - if you do get these boots buy them a size and half bigger than your regular shoe size, maybe even 2 sizes bigger. I got mine a size and half bigger and they fit great. A little tight at first until they were broke in which only took about 3 rides.
Idk if it's still relevant, but over the years I've tried out a number of boots from Sidi, to Dianese to Alpinestars - and I always go back to Astars. They're just so comfortable. But everyone is different.