How to Choose Motorcycle Boots for Walking In

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How to Choose Motorcycle Boots for Walking In
In hundreds of shapes and sizes, some are much more comfortable than others. (polo riding boots image by Clarence Alford from

Motorcycle boots can be distinguished from cowboy boots or other work boots by their motorcycle specific elements such as reinforcements on the shifting foot and air flow enhancements. Walking in motorcycle boots can be painful if the correct pair isn't selected. The wide range of styles can also be daunting. Below you will find essential fit elements to consider when seeking walking comfort in your motorcycle boots.

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  1. 1

    Go to a motorcycle shop with a large collection of motorcycle boots. Often the shop you bought your bike from can assist you in purchasing the right shoes or refer you to a store with good selection. More choices can help ensure you find the right style and fit for you.

  2. 2

    Compare the circumference and length of the top of the boots in the style and size you are considering. The boot should fit your leg and trousers, whether denim or leather, comfortably. Try on multiple sizes and styles to find the correct circumference and length for you.

  3. 3

    Check the flexibility and thickness of the boots. The boots should be a thicker leather if you are purchasing leather. If getting racing boots, the Gore-Tex material should feel sturdy and thick. Many leather boots now come with Gore-Tex inserts to enhance the airflow of the boots in warm weather. Boots that have no movement can cause discomfort when riding.

  4. 4

    Examine the soles of the boots. The soles should be stitched, not glued. If you wear out the boots, you can get the stitched soles replaced, and the stitched boots generally last longer than their glued counterparts. Look at the left boot for reinforcement at the arch for shifting. This area can wear down quickly and the reinforcement helps the boot last longer. The traction of the sole should grip the floor easily. Thicker soles cushion your feet when walking around and slippery boots can cause accidents.

  5. 5

    Ensure the boots are the correct size for your foot. Having a boot comfortable for walking around in requires a correct fit. Try on boots at the end of the day when your feet are most swollen and walk around the store a few times. Try on shoes a half size above and below your normal size to ensure the correct fit.

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