A fair few bikers out there will remember the days when your motorcycle boots were only for special occasions!
Travelling any sort of distance, meets or going to watch races are some examples but for the rest of it, well, let’s just say there were a generation who used to zap around in just trainers!
Roughly three decades later and of course things have changed, most have a bit more disposable at the ready and boots aren’t as expensive as they used to be, either. Yet like any product class there’s the usual top end item (in this case we’re looking at you, Daytona…), and a sliding scale downwards in price thereafter. We’re looking for boots which can do a job not just in winter but all year-round, too
RST Paragon II WP
Price: £119 | Available: www.rst-moto.com
Completing RST’s quartet of Paragon titled kit are these, the Paragon II WP boot. The boot’s shank is a anti-twist polycarbonate number – quick tip, if you’re looking at a pair of cheap boots, hold one upside down, grab an end in each hand, put some back into it and try and bend each end downwards – If it doesn’t bend all is well, if the boot collapses on itself, drop them, turn around and look elsewhere!
Anyway, back to the Paragon II, the inner sole is antibacterial while the outer is a non-slip dual density affair. The water-proof (WP) and breathable aspect is taken care of via a Hipora membrane, the heel is vented while protected by TPU reinforcements, as is the shin while the ankle has a more rubbery style protector. They’re available in sizes 6.5 – 13. Buy your pair now, click here to get started.
Spada Hurricane 3
Price: £99.99 | Available: www.spadaclothing.co.uk
Spada’s Hurricane 3 is a unisex boot, it features a specialised touring sole and a moulded gear-change pad as just parts of its PU coated leather construction. It has a density-insert in the shin and ankle sections, which is just another way of saying your heel is protected by more than just a bit of leather.
The inner lining is breathable, the toe and side-heel areas are reinforced while there’s a velcro/twin-zip adjustment system around the calf. A decent boot at a great sub-£100 price point, and available in sizes 4 – 12. Buy your pair here!
Price: £99.99 | Available: www.thekeycollection.co.uk
At first glance the Atlas appears to be a good looking boot, and so it is! Made from full-grain leather it sports a textile upper as part of its construction.
The shin and ankle areas have flex panels and there’s a stretch insert amid the calf section too. There is of course a breathable and WP inner lining, the sole is oil-resistant, there are reflective panels where one would want them and heel and toe areas are reinforced for your safety. They’re available in sizes 6.5 – 12. Buy yours now!
Price: £129.99 | Available: www.oxfordproducts.com
We’ll give the Oxford Explorer boot this – they certainly give the impression of being boots far pricier than the sub £130 price point would suggest, just look at those big chunky clasps! They sport a heavy-duty tread to match the bad boy biker vibe and hook ‘n loop storm straps.
The ankle protector is reinforced while the instep area is both padded and flexible, plus the shank is itself reinforced to boot (sorry…). There’s the expected water-proof membrane too, of course, and they’re available in sizes 7 – 13. Buy your pair of Oxford Explorer boots here.
Falco Liberty 2.1
Price: £130 | Available: www.bikerheadz.co.uk
We’re not so used in our biking world for anything coming out of Italy to be at the cheap end of the scale, but Falco have been producing decent priced kit for a long while and these Liberty 2.1 boots are no exception.
They have a high-grip sole in the area where foot touches the ground, sports reinforcement where you’d want it and uses velcro for the tightening processes. A High-Tex WP membrane keeps your tootsies free of any pesky rain, D30 ankle cups will resist any knocks, Air-Tech inserts help with foot-support while the tear-proof upper is made from micro-synth material.
You can find them available in sizes 3.5 – 12. Buy your pair here.
TCX X-Five Plus
Price: £149.99 | Available: www.nevis.uk.com
The X-Five may sit right on the cusp of out budget limit by a mere penny, but they are a fabulous pair of boots at that price point. No doubt part of the cost comes with the extensive use of good old Gore-Tex (amid the full-grain leather construction), but the rest of the boot is well worth euligising over too.
It has an adjustable fit system, in part due to the ‘double-upper’ construction which can be modified to make you as comfortable as can be. Meanwhile, the sole and shin plates are reinforced, the foot-bed is replaceable while to sole has been specifically designed with touring duties in mind.
A darn fine pair of biking shoes, available to your good selves in sizes 3 – 14. Buy a pair of the TCX X-Five Plus here.
Richa Vapour W/P
Price: £89.99 | Available: www.nevis.uk.com
The most amazing thing about the Richa Vapour W/P boot, is how little specific information we can find on them were you to go looking online.
True, one may argue that at under ninety English spondoolies all you need to know is that they won’t fall apart and will keep your feet dry. But, ya know, it’d be nice at least!
What we can glean is that the leather construction is coated with PU, they’re both water-proof and breathable and have, drum-roll, a treaded rubber sole not just for grip, but added grip no less – egads! They’re available in sizes 3 – 14. You can purchase your pair here.
Price: £99.99 | Available: www.oxfordproducts.com
Seeing as we wanted a ‘shorty’ set of boots in this piece, Oxford gets another chance to shine with their Warrior boot. They feature a padded yet flexible rear portion and instep plus a reinforced counter-shank to keep things sturdy, itself atop a chunky heavy-duty tread pattern on the non-slip sole.
The ankle protection is reinforced, there’s an inner liner which deals with the whole breathable/water-proof shenanigans and obviously there’s a whole lot of leather going on in its construction. A great option for anyone who wants a bit less boot around their calf parts, they’re available in sizes 3 – 13. Buy your pair here.
Black Travel WP
Price: £89.99 | Available: www.ghostbikes.com
The joint cheapest on our list (bar what appears below of course), Black has a full range of well priced biker attire that’s well worth having a gander over if you’re after a brand new bargain.
And so it is with the Black Travel WP boot, constructed in full-grain leather the sole boasts extra support, protection and longevity via clever reinforcement, while the inner lining is both breathable and water-proof.
Heel and toes feature extra protection, as does your gear change pad and ankle area, and they’re available in sizes 2 – 14. Buy your pair of Black Travel boots here.
Dainese Rain Overboots
Price: £39.95 | Available: www.dainese.com
Okay, you’re skint, and a new pair of boots even if they’re relatively cheap is off the table entirely. You already have biking boots, but they’re sports boots, or are old and leaky yet you need to keep riding through winter anyway, so, what to do, eh?
Well, Dainese may have you covered, in the literal (and terrible pun… ) sense of the word too, with these Rain Overboots – a snip at under £40. They have a rubberised inserts for better grip and they fasten up at the rear for ease of use.
Not much else to say about them really, aside from they may give some ropey old boots a new (temporary) lease of life, may briefly fool folks you’ve got a pukka set of Dainese boots on the end of your sticks, and they come in sizes small to large. You can purchase a pair here.
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