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Old 05-04-2013, 06:56 PM   #16
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I wear wolverine 1000 mile boots to ride in. Fortunately I can't tell you how they compare. They are comfortable, and I feel as though they're a tough boot.
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Old 05-04-2013, 06:58 PM   #17
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I say proper protective motorcycle boots are quite important. I've crashed on race tracks or dirt a bunch and other than knocking myself out a couple of times, never been hurt. And that includes sliding along with the bike on top of my leg.

Now, it's true I ride my Harley with just regular leather boots. But, it's silly really.

If that's the way you have to go, the best of breed custom made is The Boss boot by Wesco:

http://www.westcoastshoe.com/wesco/stock2010.asp
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Old 05-04-2013, 08:45 PM   #18
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If you are going to ride on a closed paved track...buy a MC specific boot built for that specific purpose.

If you are going to ride a lot of off-road or single track dirt...buy a MC specific boot built for that specific purpose.

If you are going to ride primarily pavement...buy a comfortable leather boot that you can wear several days in a row without becoming uncomfortable.
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:17 PM   #19
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Red wings

I wear a steel-toe Redwing boot that I buy for my fire station duty boot. They're all leather uppers with a lug sole and I purchase a zipper kit to go with them negating the lace problem.

While I haven't had my R1200GS on top of my ankle, I did drop my 950 Adventure on it a couple times, and while it did bruise me up a tiny bit, I didn't see any other injury.

They're not cheap costing a bit over $240 with tax, but I can get them in my 12 1/2 EEE anytime I want them, and they are available in many more sizes and widths too.

Here's a link:
http://www.redwingshoes.com/red-wing...nch-boot-black

You may also want the zipper kit for these boots to avoid lace entanglement. I use them for easy on and off at the fire station as well as ridding myself of laces when riding.

I usually get 2 to 3 years of everyday use out of these before they're ready to be resoled, YMMV...

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Old 05-05-2013, 04:26 AM   #20
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If you are going to ride on a closed paved track...buy a MC specific boot built for that specific purpose.
True and false. True. I had racing boots while riding on the race track and they took a beating while my feet didn't. False. I know folks who have trouble walking today due to ANKLE injuries sustained while on a bike on regular city streets at very legal speeds.

Because of these street accidents, I now wear the most ankle protection I can stand. Sure, you need to protect your little piggies from being ground down if caught under the bike, but we need to factor in hard armor and padding for the ankle and heel. I've only found this built into bike specific boots.

Bring your favorite comfy shoes along for the ride in a tailbag. Wear the bike boots for the ride. Then you can relax knowing you have done all you can do to be able to walk and run for the rest of your life, should the unthinkable happen.
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Old 05-05-2013, 04:48 AM   #21
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Steel Toe Boots

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I wear a steel-toe Redwing boot that I buy for my fire station duty boot. They're all leather uppers with a lug sole and I purchase a zipper kit to go with them negating the lace problem.
I usually caution people against steel toe work boots and riding. They do not have ankle protection and the steel toe itself can injure your foot in a crash. I use to do the same thing and went down on ice. The boot I was wearing was only a 6" boot and the only injury I sustain was to my foot and ankle. The boot's sole came a part and steel toe rolled my toes backwards.

I know of two other riders that end up with foot injuries wearing steel toe boots. One t-boned a car when the woman turned in front of him. He ended up loosing toes because his boot ended up between the car and the bike. Other than that he did not sustain any life altering injuries.

The latest just happened a few weeks ago when a forest rat jumped out in front of a friend, broke his shoulder, leather jacket with no armor, and broken foot. Thankfully it was cold and he was wearing more gear than normal including a full face modular helmet. He's one of those guys that has been riding for forty years and never been off, so his gear choices have always been slight. That helmet took a beating and he is a believer now. Having the experience of tumbling down a road at 60 mph gives you a new prospective on gear. His 3/4 helmets are gone and he is looking for full gear now including riding boots.

Anyone else have similar experiences with steel toe work boots?
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:09 AM   #22
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Steel-toed boots are very effective at cutting off toes if/when the toe gets crushed.
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:41 AM   #23
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Good Boots

Your riding a large BMW. So MX boots are the best protection but over kill for you. I ride a KTM 990 and use good work boots. If you use cheap boots or even some street bike boots (like a harley guy would wear). The bottoms are soft. So when you stand on the pegs the boot start bend around the peg. Hurts your feet if you like to stand when you ride. You should have ankle support so again Harley boot or Cowboy boots NO GOOD! Pro riding boots have a very hard (some use metal plate) in the boot. This is so when you stick you foot out you don't break your toe's on a rock.(I don't mean steel tip boots).

So just buy a 8" high quality work boot. That fit you right.



The Wife! I don't recommend because No ankle support.
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:43 AM   #24
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I personally don't think boots have to be motorcycle specific.
They need to provide proper protection and support.
Best I've had are "Herman Survivors" from WalMart of all places.
7' high, full lace, side zip, oil resistant sole-can walk all day (when not riding), very comfortable, flexible and waterproof (says so on the box) and 60 bucks if I remember.
I think there is a lot of marketing hype with motorcycle specific boots plus I don't quite get the 150+ buck prices.
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:44 AM   #25
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Steel-toed boots are very effective at cutting off toes if/when the toe gets crushed.






Never though about that.
That explains the OSHA requirement.
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:47 AM   #26
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Can you list any names of custom motorcycle boot makers in the US? All I can seem to find are overseas.






try here
http://www.americansworking.com/boots.html
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:52 AM   #27
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Good road motorbike boots restrict plantarflexion (which made it hard for me to drive when I went to pick up my new GS last August). This helps prevent Lisfranc injury in a crash: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisfranc_injury
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Old 05-05-2013, 04:37 PM   #28
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Never though about that.
That explains the OSHA requirement.
I have a lot of friends who work in fields where OSHA requires steel toed boots and they have all told me the same thing - that all the steel toes do is sever the toes cleanly, or alternatively provide a nice casket for your now-flattened toes.
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Old 05-05-2013, 04:50 PM   #29
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I have a lot of friends who work in fields where OSHA requires steel toed boots and they have all told me the same thing - that all the steel toes do is sever the toes cleanly, or alternatively provide a nice casket for your now-flattened toes.




so, without steel toes what happens?
this seems like a darned if you do, darned if you don't situation
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Old 05-05-2013, 04:56 PM   #30
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I'm in the motorcycle specific boot camp.

This is what I wear. http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcyc...antiago-boots/
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