Sometimes when I am looking for ideas to write about on this blog, I check a stats log that works with my website boot pages to see what questions or searches are trending. Lately, the most searches that have directed visitors to my website have been about “motorcycle police boots” or “cop boots” or “police motorcycle boots” or even “boots that CHP wears” [sic] and so forth. Literally thousands of searches every week direct visitors to this blog and my website about those boots in particular.
So what’s the story? Why so many searches on those boots?
It really could be a number of things.
1. The continuous fascination about a cop in tall back boots strikes the fantasies of a number of women… and men (gay and straight.) The image of a strong, virile, courageous cop has long captivated interest. In my lifetime, dating back to when the television show “CHiPs” was on (1977-1983). Yes, I recall those days of my youth (actually, young adulthood at age 20 when first aired), fantasizing myself over the uniforms, boots, and motorcycle riding. I was wondering at the time if I could ever own a pair of cop boots like Jon and Ponch wore… only to realize that, yes I can… years later.
2. The release of a 2017 movie by the same title, “CHiPs”, began showing in theaters in late March. By the date of writing this post, the film is no longer being shown (at least in the area where I live). I viewed the trailer and it was silly. The reviews of this movie were awful. But anyway, with a (slightly) renewed interest in a bike-cop buddy movie lately, perhaps that’s why there have been more searches about cop boots reaching my website.
3. Now that warmer weather has arrived pretty much all over the U.S. and Canada, more motorcops are visible on their police bikes. Not often understood or realized, but most motorcops who work in geographic regions with hard winter cold, ice, and snow do not ride police motors year-round. Where I live (and in most other parts of the U.S.), motorcops have access to, or are assigned, a regular four-wheeled cruiser to use when on traffic duty, patrol, or when going to court. But now that it is Spring, there is much more visibility of cops on their police bikes and thus — more interest in their uniform, including boots.
4. A little bit of search interest is directed to my website because of its nature of being developed by a gay man who once was active in gay social circles. So this author understands the gay-related cop fantasies for uniforms and tall back boots that gay men, especially those into BLUF (Boots, Leather, Uniform FanClub). So I get it… and website visitors find it. 🙂
5. Another cause of frequent visits to my website are its extensive motorcycle cop galleries where 10 years of photos taken at police motorcycle competitions and events have been posted. There are many sections of those galleries that show boots and boots only. I see those images on search engine “image only” displays. (That is, enter “police motorcycle boots” into a search engine, then click on the “images” tab. Once you scroll down past the sales promotions, more than half of the images of real cops in real boots are mine. When you click on the image, if it came from my website or blog, you will land directly on my web properties … and I “see” that visit in the form of an anonymous visit source, but where the visit went (that is, what page of my website or blog was visited.)
6. Over years, I have written many blog posts about cop boots… and that regular, non-uniformed, men can buy those boots and actually wear them in public — even with breeches on a motorcycle — and not get in trouble for impersonating an officer. Those past and numerous blog posts result in a number of hits on this blog. To summarize instructions on concerns: As long as what you are wearing (boots and breeches) are not worn with police insignia/uniform in full public view (such as a police shirt with “CHP” patches, jacket with fake badge, or painting a sheriff’s star on the tank of a motorcycle, etc.), you’ll be cool. Actually, it usually is not the clothing that gets someone in trouble for impersonation — it is the behavior. Read this past blog post for more information.
Anyway, I am happy to see renewed interest in motorcycle police boots. Those boots have been a long-held interest of my own as well, as shown in my own personal patrol boots collection.
Life is short: wear cop boots!