boots are an
essential part of a biker's outfit. Of course it's easier to ride with
sneakers or sandals, but they are not very practical. Even if you don't
crash, just the fact of putting your foot down while waiting for a traffic
light, a car can easily run over your feet. Or a moment of inattention can
result in you dropping your bike while standing still, and when you try to
correct yourself, sneakers or sandals will not be of any use to you.
Types of Motorcycle
As there are different
motorcycles available, there are different types of boots available. If
you're planning to ride off-road, then off-road or motocross boots are best
suited. That does not mean that you can not use off-road boots in the city
when commuting; it's just not comfortable. The same applies to riding with
street boots, you can still use them off-road, or on the track, but they'll
not offer the same protection and comfort.
Track boots, used for racing,
are reinforced in the areas that when the boot touches the track, they will
protect your toes if there is an increased friction between the track and
the boots. The boots are far stiffer than street or casual boots, since you
do not require much movement in the boots (as opposed to casual where you
will want to walk in them).
The boot's length will go halfway between the ankle and knee, offering a
high impact resistance. The ankle, toes, heel and shin are highly protected.
The boot itself is quite stiff.
that are sporty usually require sports or touring boots. They are like
track boots, but more comfortable and less stiff, but still provide
adequate protection. These type of boots can be used occasionally on a
track, and next to the casual boots, are the most commonly used.
Commuter/Casual/Cruiser boots are more casual, and are usually half
length. They will protect your ankle, but not your shins. Commuter boots
can be used for walking, and often have a “normal” appearance, in other
words, you can use them in the office or at home.
Heels, toes and ankle are well protected. Many use laces or buckles to
close, while some use Velcro. Most commuter boots are either rainproof
or you can get a rain cover for them to protect yourself from the
elements. As far as motorcycle boots go, they offer the least
protection, but are the easiest to use.
Dirt/Motocross boots are very high boots, protecting a large part of the
foot under the knee. They are very rigid and difficult to walk in, but
provide a decent impact protection, not only for when you fall, but also
from other motorcycles hitting your foot.
Most dirt boots use metal clasps to fasten, and the protection is almost
all of your lower leg.
right fit for any type of motorcycle boot is essential. You'll be
wearing them for hours on end, so they need to be comfortable. When
trying on boots, make sure you have thick socks on and your toes have
enough room to wiggle. Your feet need to be snug, but not tight, since
your feet are going to get hot, so they will expand. When the boot is
too tight, with the heat, your blood circulation will diminish.
Getting a motorcycle boot that is loose is bad. In case of a crash, the
boot will come off.
socks when wearing motorcycle boots. Best is to have
moisture absorbing socks, but in the winter, thick socks can make
the difference between an uncomfortable ride and a great one.