Boots

Choose Your Riding Style

Street
Adventure/Dual Sport
Sport/Track
Dirt Bike / ATV / ROV
Adventure/Dual Sport Boots

Adventure and off-road riding boots need to be tough enough to handle the terrain, while still being comfortable enough to wear for extended rides. Both tend to have higher calf-lengths than street or sport boots to prevent debris from entering the boot, and a heavy tread pattern on the sole for better traction in the dirt when stepping off the bike.

Features to Look For
  • Armor – Like all riding gear, adventure and off-road riding boots should feature armored reinforcements in key areas around the boot like the ankle and heel.
  • Fit – Boots need to be supportive and comfortable, providing their protection without distracting the rider with discomfort. Off-road riding sometimes requires that the rider be standing on the pegs while riding, making proper fit that much more important.
  • Breathability – You’ll likely be putting in a lot of hard miles wearing these boots in the dirt, so be sure to find something that has good ventilation to keep your feet dry.
  • Waterproofing – If you’re planning on riding somewhere wet, and you probably will eventually, a good waterproof boot will be invaluable.
  • Hardware – Something that is often overlooked when purchasing new boots is the quality of the closure hardware. Make sure the straps and latches that will keep the boot on your foot are of good quality, and will hold up to the abuse they will likely face on the road and trail.
Street Boots

Boots are an element that many riders overlook or ignore, thinking that their everyday work boots or tennis shoes are probably just as good, when in reality a pair of basic work boots offer little to no protection in a crash or slide.

Features to Look For
  • Armor – Impact absorbing foam, and hard reinforcements in areas like the ankles, heels and toes will differentiate a purpose built riding boot or shoe from regular footwear.
  • Rider-Specific Enhancements – One of the best things about wearing a purpose-built riding boot is that they incorporate many features to enhance your riding experience. Features like extra reinforcement on the instep of the left boot for more positive shifter engagement, lacing that prevents loose laces from getting caught in sprockets or chains, and oil resistant soles for positive grip on even oily surfaces make real riding boots much more effective and pleasant on any ride.
  • Fit – No matter how much protection a boot offers, nobody would ever wear it if it wasn’t comfortable. There are plenty of manufacturers offering modern, comfortable options that are just as good walking around off the bike as they are on the pegs.
  • Style – Riding boots come in a huge variety of styles and colors, with something that will work for any rider on any motorcycle.
Track Boots

Track-oriented boots often feature extreme impact and abrasion protection to guard against the high-speed slides and crashes of motorcycle racing.

Features to Look For
  • Armor – Look for extra reinforcement throughout the boot, but especially the heel, toe, ankle, calf and shin. In addition to impact protection, many boots also include systems to prevent excessive twisting or bends to the ankle.
  • Fit – Fit is important for keeping the protective elements of the boot over the appropriate parts of the foot. It’s also important that the rider be able to comfortably operate the motorcycle’s foot controls, and get good feedback to prevent missed shifts and locked rear brakes.
  • Waterproofing – Races don’t always stop just because the weather turns wet, so a waterproof treatment or membrane is a good idea for track boots so you can keep your mind on the race instead of your wet feet.
Dirt Bike / ATV / ROV Boots

Riding a motorcycle off-road can exposes a rider’s foot and lower leg to harsh conditions. To prevent crushing, abrasions, burns or other injuries, it’s important to protect riders’ feet and lower legs. Good boots protect shins from impact and joints from hyperextending with metal-reinforced soles, thermal shields, polyurethane shin and calf plates and shock absorbing heel pads. Boots should have enough support to stabilize the entire leg and keep knee from incorrect rotation. Boots should fit snugly, but have good ventilation.

Features to Look For
  • Flexibility – Although designed to be restrictive to prevent injuries, a dirt bike boot needs to allow for some flexibility while retaining their supportive nature, since flexibility is what allows the necessary movement of a riders ankle to facilitate precise operation of the shifter or brake pedal.
  • Height – Boots designed for the dirt are generally between 14 – 15 inches in height from the insole to the top of the gaiter. This allows the rider to grip the bike with their lower leg, as well as providing excellent protection against lower leg burns, or tendon damage.
  • Hardware – Look for good quality buckles that will stay buckled throughout the ride.
  • Materials – Good dirt bike boots are constructed of impact, abrasion and burn resistant materials. Like all riding gear, off-road riding boots should feature armored reinforcements in key areas around the boot ankle and heel.
  • Fit – Boots need to be supportive and comfortable, providing their protection without distracting the rider with discomfort. Off-road riding sometimes requires that the rider be standing on the pegs while riding, making proper fit that much more important.
  • Breathability – You’ll likely be putting in a lot of hard miles wearing these boots in the dirt, so be sure to find something that has good ventilation to keep your feet dry.
  • Weatherproofing – If you’re planning on riding somewhere wet, and you probably will eventually, a good waterproof boot will be invaluable.