It’s funny, but when I wrote a blog post last week about the best motorcycle patrol boots, I have discovered that people searching for the general term “Best Motorcycle Boots” end up right here, on this blog. Update: See a newer, related post about “Best Value Motorcycle Boots” (click here)
Sooooo…. let me tell you about what I think are the “Best Motorcycle Boots” for all-around wear on a street motorcycle. (That is, not a dirt bike).
They are (drumroll…) Chippewa Firefighter Boots (model number 27422). Why boots made for firefighters? Why not engineer or harness boots, such as those made by Wesco, Double H, Red Wing, Chippewa, or others?
The reason why I make this statement are as follows:
- Comfort: Hands down (or should I say, “feet down,”) these boots are the most comfortable motorcycle boots I have worn while riding, and I have ridden hundreds of thousands of miles for more than 30 years.
- Durability: These boots have a steel toe and are double-stitched at all major points throughout the boot. If it’s made for wildland firefighters, it can endure the gaff of motorcycling.
- Vibram® 100 sole: This thick, durable, “big lug” sole is like a snow tire on the bottom of my feet. It provides superior traction.
- Flexibility: What adds to the comfort of the boot is that it is flexible at the ankle and the foot.
- Leather lining: the lining adds to the strength of the boot’s construction, as well as its comfort. One would think that a leather-lined boot would get hot. But let me tell ‘ya, I have worn these boots on exceptionally hot and humid days that the DC area is known for in summertime. These boots just don’t get hot. Unfortunately, tall leather-lined boots such as Wesco Harness or Boss boots do.
- Fit Technique: These boots have a unique fitting. A boot zipper is laced into the boot’s ten eyelets. There are various ways to do that, which can accommodate a wide variety of foot widths. Once the zipper is laced in properly, all you need to do from then on is close the zipper after pulling them on, and open it to take ’em off. (Note, it takes a while for the fitting to break in, but once it does, these boots are very easy to pull on and remove.)
- Value: These boots are an excellent value for the price. And the best place to buy these boots at the most affordable price is Stompers Boots of San Francisco.
I own more than 50 pairs of motorcycle boots. I have ridden with ’em all. When it comes time to choosing a good quality boot that’s comfortable, durable, and suitable for a long, all-day ride with my club on my Harley, this is the boot that I choose.
For more information on motorcycle boots, Guide to Motorcycle Boots.