Harley-Davidson blends fashion and function in its Women’s Tanya Boots. Fashion comes in the form of a faux zipper on the outside of the boot that is zipped down to reveal rows of shiny studs beneath along with a Bar & Shield badge. A similar row of studs adorn the back of the boot. A leather strap with metal eyelets and buckle runs over the bridge of the boot and a metal Harley badge is mounted on the toe. Our tester calls them “super fashionable,” adding she’s gotten plenty of positive comments from fellow female riders.
In the function department, the Harley Women’s Tanya Boots are made of durable full grain leather, the leather sections held together with double stitching. A YKK locking zipper runs up the length of the inside of the boot. The Tanya’s rubber soles are oil-resistant and the boot’s sole, insole and upper have been bound together using Goodyear Welt construction, a process invented in 1869 by Charles Goodyear, Jr., said to be one of the best methods of shoe construction.
According to Wikipedia, “A Goodyear welt is stitched to the upper and a strip of canvas (known as “gemming”) which is cemented to the insole of a shoe as an attach-point for the sole. The space enclosed by the welt is then filled with cork or some other filler material (usually either porous or perforated, for breathability), and the outsole is both cemented and stitched to the welt.”
After months of wear, the Tanya Boots show little sign of wear beyond the usual lines in the leather at flex points. There’s a couple of frayed stitches at the base of the zipper on the left boot, but otherwise have withstood wear admirably.
Thanks to a full-length cushioned sock lining inside, the interior of the boots are soft and comfy. This helps make them comfortable for walking as well. The tester stated she likes how they fit over her calves because admittedly her calves are healthy. The shaft height of the boots are 9.25-inches and come up mid-calf. Thanks to a generous sized heel, the Tanya’s hook onto foot pegs well and the design of the soles provide good traction when balancing the bike at a standstill.
The one issue our tester had with the Women’s Tanya Boots is sizing. This is her third pair of Harley-Davidson boots, wearing a pair of Tracey Performance Boots prior to the Tanyas. Although all three pair are USA Size 7, she said the Tanyas fit tight in the width and her toes are all the way to the tip and a bit cramped. The same size Traceys fit her perfectly, but they’re a different style boot, shorter and styled more like a work boot. Putting the two side-by-side, you can see that the Tanyas are slimmer. She also stated the metal studs on the back aren’t staying affixed very good and she almost lost one as they have a habit of catching on pant legs. Contrarily, she hasn’t had the same problem with the decorative metal studs on the side of the boot.
After months of wear, the Harley Women’s Tanya Boots are still lookin’ good.
The Harley-Davidson Women’s Tanya Boots get a big thumbs up in the fashion department, have worn well, but a cut a little slim where the foot is widest. Order up a half-size and everything should be copasetic. Comfy for walking in with a heel that hooks well on pegs, the Tanyas pull off the balance between fashion and function.
Harley-Davidson Women’s Tanya Boots – $204 / Black only / Sizes 5 -11