What Motorcycle Riding Boots Do You Recommend?

I don’t like wearing “Motorcycle Riding Boots”. They are usually big and clunky. Sometimes they don’t even fit under a toe shifter. I do think they grip better on asphault. However I prefer the comfort of a good pair of sturdy leather workboots with a lug sole that are designed to be comfortable when you are walking. I remember before I came to this conclusion and wore a big heavy pear of Harley-Davidson Brake Light boots. After a long day of riding my feet begged to be let out of them. Someone please take off my boots! I’m going for comfort and function, not image. I don’t need a pair of boots that scream: “I’m a biker!”. I appreciate a pair of boots that just look normal and don’t bring any attention to them.

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It’s time for a new pair of workboots. Mine are starting to fall apart after serving me well for over ten years. I want a pair of black 6″ soft toe boots that are insulated and waterproof. I would love a pair of Red Wing boots and have never owned a pair. I’m not sure there is a pair that fits my above requirements. They might be a little beyond my budget. I’m thinking Timberland Pro.

I don’t like the idea of a safety toe because I fear if bent back they could chop my toes off. I want a black pair of boots so that they never look filthy; even though they will be. I prefer waterproof for those times we get caught in the rain. Not to mention it helps when shoveling snow in the driveway. Who needs wet feet in January? Insulation of course is for the colder months and I wear my boots more often in the colder months when there is snow on the ground. I can wear insulated boots three out of the four seasons. I believe insulated boots are thicker and sturdier. Therefore they offer more protection.

Please weigh in on what boots you like and why.

15 Responses to “What Motorcycle Riding Boots Do You Recommend?”

  1. I have a pair of Wolverines. They are waterproof, durashock, and steeltoe. I don’t remember the exact model number, but they are black, and are actually cheaper than “motorcycle boots”. I wore them on my ride up to Alaska and back, and my feet stayed dry all through the rain. I recommend the steel toe only because I’ve had at least two crashes where my bike landed on my toe.

  2. Steve, I remember you did a post on your Wolverine boots or discussed them in a post. I wanted to referance or link to that post and searched your blog for it. Obviously I didn’t find it, but I definitely remember it.

  3. I (mostly) wear Cruiserworks boots while riding, and I love the things. They are: Lightweight, comfortable, armored in all the right places, not “clunky” at all, and worth it. They are not: cheap.

  4. Thanks Rob, hope you are keeping warm up north.

  5. I bought a pair of waterproof Red Wing motorcycle boots two years ago and like them a lot. They are heavy, though, and can get hot in the summer. I think they offer good protection; fortunately I have not had to test that. I bought them off of Amazon … got a much better price there than at local stores, although I often prefer to buy from my local businesses. I’m thinking of shopping for a lighter warm-weather (but still waterproof) boot and save the Red Wings for cool weather riding.

  6. I’m with you Jim that you have to have a separate pair of boots for the hot summer months. I prefer to buy my boots where I can try them on for size. I don’t like to buy footwear online. Same goes for helmets; I like to try them on. Fit is everything for helmets, boots and gloves.

  7. I’m confused on the whole issue with the Brake Light boots not being comfortable. They are after all not even a riding boot. They are sold as after riding boots, therefore in my opinion should have been even more comfortable than a riding boot. I used to own a pair, and know for first hand that they sucked butt for comfort.

    I have a different pair of Harley Davidson “Riding” boots now that I think are quite comfortable. Matter of fact, I’ve been in them all day and it’s 5:57 P.M. now, and I feel no desire to take them off for comfort’s sake.

  8. Can you share which HD boots they are?

  9. Jay, they are Brake Buckle riding boots. Contrary to some advertisements you might find on the internet for it, it does no have a steel toe. It does however fit very nicely below my shifter peg. It has some of the same “cool’ styling of the brake buckle boot but a way more comfortable fit. I don’tknow what they did different to achcieve this but it works. Knowing that leather stretches out over time, I bought mine a size smaller than my normal shoe size and it fits wonderfully. It is now 10:25 P.M. and I just oook them off after putting them on at 7:00 A.M. this morning and my feet feel fine, like they have been in tennis shoes all day.

  10. It’s after ten and been a looooong day. Please excuse all the typos. LOL!

  11. No problem on the typos.

  12. I own a pair of Red Wing lace workboots. They fit the bill, but are also kind of clunky. I bought a pair of Luggs work shoes at one of the shoe stores in lancaster. Do not cover my ankles (I know, my bad), however they are very comfortable, and the soles provide me better traction when moving the bike. Biggest downside is they are not waterproof – soak up water like a sponge. I have since added a load of mink oil, so we shall see if that help in the next rainstorm (don’t hold out much hope) Steve

  13. I wear a pair of Luggs shoes like you describe to work day in and day out. They are filthy but they fit my feet just right!

  14. After having some very uncomfortable HD boots that didnt hold up very well I purchased a pair of lightweight waterproof hiking boots from LL BEAN up here in Maine. They are light enough to wear in July and the inside is lined to wick away the moisture. I rode up until December 4th and my feet never got cold. They are high enough to cover my ankles and very comfortable for walking.

  15. Thanks for the input Lisa. I once bought a pair of LL Bean Duck Boots in Freeport.

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