Women's Motorcycle Boots
Tips and Advice
What you'll want to look for when buying a good pair of motorcycle boots is a mix of fashion and protection. This is fairly easy but let's break it down.
You'll want to buy a pair of boots that are made of cowhide leather. Leather offers the best protection from abrasion and also heat from your bike.
Cowhide is the standard leather for a reason. It's the most durable of all the different leather types available. Not only will it last longer, but it can be dyed in many different colors. Designers are having fun experimenting with various color combinations and textures so you don't have to choose a typical black style if you don't want. Black cowhide leather is less expensive because of its mass production but don't limit yourself. Feel free to show your personality with a funky pair of boots!
While shopping around, you'll also want to look for a pair with good soles. Leather soles or durable rubber are your best choices. Make sure they have good traction and can stand up to road wear. You don't want your feet slipping on a damp road.
While on the topic of soles, let's talk about the heel. Your heel shouldn't hinder your ability to shift or get caught up on the pegs in any way. A shorter heel is recommended to avoid scraping the ground in a turn. We personally like the look of a higher heel (it lengthens the leg and raises the butt) but agree that function or safety could be compromised. Look for footwear designers to address this issue soon.
Here are some other things to look for and consider:
- Your boots should come up past your ankle to add support and protection. The more you can protect yourself the better!
- Tuck in your laces! If you have lace-up boots, be sure that your laces won't come loose and get tangled up in your bike.
- If you don't have an exhaust shield, we recommend that your boots have a metal heel guard. Otherwise, you'll most likely melt or burn a groove into the side of your heel.
- Comfort, comfort, comfort! You might look good in those pair of thigh-high lace-ups but are they going to be comfortable all day? If not, move on or get rid of them. Don't let painful feet become an unnecessary distraction!
The Great Toe Debate
Should your motorcycle boot toe be thin and pointed (slightly rounded) or thick and chunky? They both have pros and cons.
Thin and pointed supporters state that their boots allow them to move their foot under the shifter easily. Also, they like the sensitivity that a thinner boot upper has. But...do they offer enough protection?
The thick and chunky supporters are all about the safety and claim they keep their feet warmer but are they too cumbersome?
The choice is yours. Choose which ever style makes you feel more confident and works best for you.
You'll find that almost all motorcycle boot manufacturers have addressed the features described here so don't stress about all the details. Just remember not to sacrifice function for fashion.
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