For those of you that are wondering what the difference between a riding shoe
and boot are, it’s simple. A boot has a shank. A shank is a metal or plastic
reinforcement that runs along the foot board to make it rigid. If you can do
this, it’s a shoe. The Black Nine is not without a level of protection, though.
The toe box is reinforced, as is the heel cup, and the medial and lateral sides
of the ankle are protected by hidden plates within the shoe.
They’re available in three colorways including black, grey and brown, and are
available in Men’s sizes eight to thirteen. They are built like a skate shoe,
with a gentle arch, so they’ll fit a lot of different widths of feet. There is a
size chart on the listing to help determine your size based on length in inches.
The upper is constructed of textured leather, and the outsoles are anti-slip and
covered in custom dirt. The closure system is unique. These shoes are lace-ups,
but the laces feed through loops under the grommet flap so that you can achieve
a snug fit without abandoning your reputation of sloth-like laziness. They have
also added a heavy duty leather tab to the back of the shoe so you can put these
shoes on without untying them, because aint nobody got time for that. Inside the
Black Nines you can see the moisture wicking liner that’s perforated to promote
airflow, and minimize that funk. You’ll also find a removable insole.
In all seriousness, the new Black Nine
motorcycle riding shoe from
Strength is a great option for the street rider looking for a protective
riding sneaker that will look great on or off the bike.