These Urge Overkill boots are part of a collection of apparel items including
two different styles of helmets, and what I like to call an urban touring
jacket. They’re a great solution for the street rider looking for the rigidity
and protection of a boot, combined with the athletic look and shape of a
basketball shoe, all wrapped up in a waterproof package. I typically classify
footwear based on the presence or lack of a shank in the sole. But, there are
quite a few motorcycle footwear
options this year that are breaking that mold. This is one of them.
These boots are shankless. I still call them boots because of the rigidity of
the sole. The sole is very stiff from the heel cap up to just passed the arch,
but then gets more pliable near the toe. This offers the sure feel and the
protection you want out of a boot, but offers the walking comfort of a shoe.
They have left the shank of this design because the sole material is too soft,
and a shank would actually damage this soft sole from the inside out.
While we are looking at the sole, let’s take a look at the tread. This tread
design offers an incredible amount of grip, even on wet surfaces, and the
outsole wraps around the outside of the balls of the foot and the heel to
provide extra shock absorption. There is also a small TPU puck near the pinky
toe that will act as a tiny slider in a crash.
These Urge Overkill Boots are available in sizes eight to thirteen and have a
fairly generous fit. The length is accurate to a Brannock device and the width
is good up to an E. The embossed buckle type closures offer an excellent amount
of adjustability and make the boots comfortable on a huge range of instep
The uppers are made of a mix of leather and mesh, with a rubber material
covering the toe. The toebox is reinforced internally as is the heelcup for
added protection. The ankle is also protected by internal reinforcement, and an
additional pad on the medial side of the boot. Sandwiched in between the upper
material and the lining is a waterproof breathable membrane to keep your
stinkers dry. Aiding in the boot’s waterproof duties is a gaiter that you can
see if you unfasten the boot.
All in all, these new Urge Overkill boots from
Strength are great example of the new hybrid boot meets shoe style for
motorcycling that protects your feet, and also looks great on and off the bike.