A few days ago, I was talking to a older man who happened to be the head of a local motorcycle enthusiasts club. He was telling me that it was so hard to find a quality motorcycle boot. After a few minutes II realized that I should blog about this. Basically, the real question is how does one distinguish between a good motorcycle boot and a bad one? Well here are the best answers I could come up with:
- Is the boot real leather or synthetic? Natural full grain leather is important to the durability of a motorcycle boot. It needs to be able to handle all the elements. The Bates Palomar (E44107) Engineer Boot is a perfect example of traditional full grain leather quality on a motorcycle boot. This 11” tall boot comes standard with functional straps for tightening or loosening the fit of the boot.
- Does the boot have a traditional welted outsole? This is incredibly important. Simply put, the thickness of the outsole will dictate how long the boot lasts. When you ride you tend to put your feet down while the bike is coming to a stop. This acts like sandpaper on your heels and soles. The Thorogood American Heritage Wellington (804-3310) has a high-density traditional welted outsole. This is perfect for defending against premature wear. Not to mention that this boot is 100% MADE IN THE USA!
- Does tradition have anything to do with quality? Some say yes, some say no. However, when dealing with a company like Harley-Davidson Footwear, you know that quality is important with such a traditional brand. The Harley-Davidson Kane is a great motorcycle boot for the same reason that Harley-Davidson prides itself on… style. Nobody beats them for a purely stylish, quality boot.
Hope this helped you guys a bit. Remember each person has a different fit so don’t be afraid to try on boots to get what you’re looking for. Also, if you found a brand that works for you, it isn’t a crime to switch. Just make sure they have similar builds and materials.