Icon 1000 Truant Boot
These days almost every gear company offers a casual riding boot that still offers decent rider protection, but without power-ranger styling. The Icon 1000 Truant boot is one such design. Available in black and brown (Johnny Black and Oiled Brown, actually), the Truant delivers a more understated look than some of Icon’s digs, which I prefer. The “boot” is really more a shoe in terms of practical function, and I find them extremely comfortable. I wear them often to work, even on days I don’t ride, as they are easy to walk in. Icon pimps its axial steel shank construction, and its does feel like a sturdy boot. The full grain leather upper offers some reinforced padding, and same goes for the heel and toe area. No question is gives up some protection compared to a full-on trackday boot, but it’s a fair tradeoff for comfort and everyday commuter practicality. – Bart Madson
Dainese Dyno Pro C2b
Everyday street riders will love Dainese’s cleverly designed DYNO PRO C2b Shoe. The Dyno blends the protection and support of a conventional above-the-ankle boot with the day-to-day comfort of a shoe. It uses a simple yet secure speed lace and has a robust heel and ankle cups. A tough rubber sole and reinforced toe box provides added protection without sacrificing comfort when you’re cruising the streets away from your bike. Another nice touch is the breathability afforded by the black nylon material that comprises the middle of the shoe. It also uses a thick leather tongue and plastic panel that holds up against the constant motion of shifting gears. The Dyno is a tough piece of kit that has held up well over the years. Fit-wise it runs small, so go up a size if you normally wear a half size. – Adam Waheed
Fly Racing M21 Riding Shoes
Looking for a pair of casual, sneaker-type riding shoes that can serve duty on and off the bike? Fly Racing’s M21 Riding Shoes fit the bill at a price less than what most main-stream sneakers would cost at Foot Locker. The M21s come with a crush resistant sole and heavy-duty composite shank as well as built-in ankle, toe and shin protection. The laces are covered by a Velcro strap to keep loose ends away from the foot controls and extra padding on the toe extends the life of the shoe by protecting from excessive shift wear. There is also reflective material incorporated at various points around the M21 to increase visibility while on the road.
MSRP: $109.95 – $119.95
Alpinestars Supertech R Boots
Professional and amateur riders and racers take comfort in knowing that they’re wearing the finest road racing foot protection with Alpinestars Supertech R Boots. These are the Italian company’s top-of-the-line road offering for those seeking the utmost in protection without compromising freedom of movement, or comfort. The Supertech employs a two-piece design that provides impact and abrasion protection, as well as the ability to disperse energy in some crashes. Yet it’s almost as comfortable to wear as your favorite pair of sneakers. And for those who wear them that often, it features replaceable toe sliders and heel cups. The rubber sole can also be replaced after a season or two of non-stop use. These boots fit a little big, so it’s a go down one size if you typically wear a half size. – Adam Waheed
SIDI Agueda Boots
SIDI offers a mid-price-range off-road boot that retains many of the hallmarks the up-spec Italian brand is known for. The SIDI Agueda Boots are constructed with 3mm thick laminated Technomicro material and come with the same anti-skid rubber TA sole used on its premium boots. Arch support is removable and the design features a shock-resistant and anatomically-shaped heel for optimal protection. There’s plenty of heavy-duty plastic covering the toe area as well, which sports a slimmer profile than some other off-road boots on the market, making foot control inputs easier to pull-off while riding. The Aguedas comes with a non-bootie design but have Cambrelle lining that allows for optimal airflow and moisture management. The replaceable micro adjustable cam buckle system features memory retention straps that promise to stay put once you’ve found that perfect fit. To further extend the life of the boots, all bolt-on parts are replaceable and the sole can be replaced by a cobbler.
Milwaukee Motorcycle Clothing Co. Men’s Road Captain Boots
Some might want a riding boot or shoe that can double as a sneaker, though if you’re looking for a work boot-inspired design then the Milwaukee Men’s Road Captain Boots are sure bet. These heavy-duty full-grain leather riding boots feature a side strap and buckle, full lace-up design as well as a zipper on the inside of the ankle for easy on/off. The rubber sole is non-skid, non-marking and oil resistant and the cushioned insole is removable and washable. The Men’s Road Captain Boots are also available in a number of standard and wide sizes, all the way up to 13 EEE.
Gaerne G.King Boots
The Italian-made Gaerne G.King Boots are great all-around riding boots that work as well for everyday around the town use as they do on a weeklong trek across the continent. Made of top-grain lather the G.King Boots also come with a Drytech waterproof liner and accordion flex zones to allow for easy, comfortable movement on and off the bike. There’s additional protection built into the ankle and shin areas and a reflective strip on the heel to help improve visibility. The anti-slip rubber sole provides optimal traction in all weather conditions and the inner zipper is held in place by an outer hook-and-loop flap.
Alpinestars Fastlane Shoes
Alpinestars Fastlane Shoes are perfect for those looking protective footwear, but don’t want the bulk and clunky looks of a traditional riding boot. They look like driving shoes (they do work well for heel-toe fun in four wheels) but have external TPR ankle and toe protectors as well as padded ankle cups. The sole is flat and grippy, and the left boot has a shift pad for durability. I’ve found myself wearing these shoes even when I’m not riding as they are comfortable and look cool. Wear and tear has been minimal, with only some scuffing on the ankle and reflective heel strips. Overall they’ve proved to be my favorite footwear for 2013. – Justin Dawes
Rev’It Apache H2O Boots
The outer shell of the Rev’It Apache H2O Boots is built from full grain cowhide, suede leather and Pampas cowhide creating an abrasion resistant, waterproof all-purpose riding boot. It comes with a reinforced heel and side panel as well for added protection and also features a Pampas shift pad in order to ensure optimal grip at the foot controls. The high-traction sole is oil resistant and built to handle even rough trail terrain. A hydrate G-liner enhances the H2O Boots’ waterproof rating and breathability as well. Reflective material on the heel enhances visibility.