The Best Motorcycle Boots You Can Buy [Updated Q1 2021]
One rider’s opinion of the best motorcycle boots will differ greatly when compared to another. Some riders are looking for close-fitting, high-performance sports boots, while others might be looking for casual boots with enough protection for slow city riding, but with a look and style that won’t look out of place in the office. So, for this list, we’ve decided to cast a wide net and look at some of the best motorcycle boots you can buy for a wide variety of situations.
Sports, off-road, adventure touring—we’re listing the best pairs we’ve seen on sale this year, no matter what category they fall into.
Our selection is based on a number of contributing factors. Safety is always the number one priority, but comfort, versatility, and value for money are also important metrics. After all, protective boots are only safe if you’re wearing them. Uncomfortable and unattractive boots often get left behind in favor of comfortable, cool-looking numbers. We’re only human! With that in mind, our choices offer great protection, great comfort, and great styling.
It’s also important that they’re supported by real-life reviews from real-life riders too.
If you’re looking for touring boots that offer rocksteady protection and top-level comfort, then the Dainese Fulcrum GT Gore-Tex Boots are an excellent choice. Manufactured by Dainese, these boots are constructed from full-grain cowhide leather and Gore-Tex, for a breathable, weatherproof, and secure ride.
These boots have been enhanced with the addition of nylon heels, ankle inserts, and thermoformed shin guards to keep your feet and ankles protected in the event of an accident, either on tour or on the way to work. The protection doesn’t sacrifice your comfort; these boots are flexible and offer decent mobility, even for walking around town.
Other cool features include a gear shifter guard, calf adjustment straps, a tough zipper closure, reflective inserts, and a thick rubber sole. Take note though, if you have wide feet these may not be the best option as they tend to run a little narrow.
The Dainese Fulcrum GT Gore-Tex Boots are our top choice for affordable CE-certified touring boots.
If adventure touring is more your kind of thing, then the Sidi Adventure 2 Gore-Tex Mid Boots are worth a look. While these boots can be worn for a wide range of riding experiences, they’re ideal for adventure touring. They’re not as tall as standard adventure boots, but they offer a great balance of comfort and capability.
Made from Cambrelle, leather, Cordura, Gore-Tex, and microfiber materials, these boots are tough and sturdy, but light and breathable too. Despite the rigidity of some of the protective features, such as the shock-resistant heel cup and ankle defenders, these boots are very flexible. This makes them an ideal choice for adventure touring when you need bike boots that can double up as comfortable walking boots too.
These boots are easy to slip on and slip off, and they remain secure thanks to the use of micro-adjustable cam lock buckles. These buckles do a great job of keeping out any water that usually manages to sneak in through boot fastenings, making these boots dry and warm whatever the weather.
Ideal for road and dirt riding, in a wide range of weather, these boots won’t disappoint.
Our top sports boots are another SIDI product. These are the SIDI Performer Air Boots. They’re high-quality track boots that have been manufactured to a high standard using a combination of modern materials. These include a perforated Technomicro base, Cambrelle, mesh panels, DuPont polymer, and Nylon sections. Since they’re not made from leather, these boots won’t break-in over time, so make sure you get the right size from day one!
Since these boots are designed for high-risk riding scenarios, they come equipped with a number of safety-focused features. These include calf protector plates, ankle protective caps, inner cell foam padding, external plastic guards, a shin deflector plate, anti-abrasion panels, and a dual compound sole. Despite the shopping list of protectives, these boots are light and flexible, with incredible airflow.
They do have one major downside though. As they’re constructed from perforated materials, they have holes in them. Yeah, if you’re looking for really waterproof boots, these aren’t what you need. However, you can ride them in the rain without getting soaked, but don’t expect to stay 100% dry. In dry climates, these boots are awesome. In wetter regions, less so.
If your sport takes you off-road rather than to the track, then the Tech 7 Enduro Boots from Alpinestars offer the best protection. Dirt riding requires different gear, as the sport makes different demands of the rider, and off-road boots need to be able to protect the rider from a much wider range of hazards.
Featuring a heavy-duty sole with outstanding grip, the Alpinestars Tech 7 Enduro boots are strong, stable, and flexible, with serious ankle protection, in a package that won’t interfere with your foot controls. These boots are made from a microfiber base for maximum comfort and abrasion resistance and adorned with a liberal amount of thermoplastic polyurethane.
The insides are lined with contoured padding, soft foam reinforcement, and an anatomically-shaped footbed. An innovative buckle system ensures a tight and close fit that keeps out excess water and dirt, ensuring a comfortable ride experience allowing riders to concentrate on the trails. The buckles have a cool memory function and can be replaced if they get damaged.
In summary: these are great off-road boots that are geared towards enduro riding than MX. Take care though—they have been known to run a bit narrow.
Modern motorcycle shoes have the ability to look cool and casual while offering decent levels of protection. Though these short boots might look like casual shoes, they’ll keep your feet protected in a crash. The TCX Street Ace Air Shoes are ideal short riding boots for those who need real protection but with a more versatile look.
These cool looking sneakers are made from a perforated leather upper combines with a luxurious Air Tech breathable lining, built on top of a sturdy high wear-resistant rubber sole. They’re reinforced in all the right places, with a Comfort Fit System keeping your feet snug, with a sturdy toe and heel counter, and padding around the ankles. The insole is anatomically shaped and replaceable.
Laces though? Yeah, laces aren’t ideal for motorcycle boots, but if you want the casual look and feel of a sneaker then you’ll compromise and go with laces. Besides, since these are versatile shoes, you won’t need to change in and out of them all day like you would with regular motorcycle boots. Laces can be annoying, but you’ll only have to fasten them once a day.
They’re not great in the wet but for casual riding in the summer months, they’re a great option.
Not all riders are happy to wear futuristic lookin’ boots covered in fancy thermoplastic. Some riders want a simple and refined boot that ticks all the safety boxes without any reflective piping or mesh panels. If you’re a traditional cruiser rider looking for sleek, refined, and safe footwear, then these Belstaff Endurance Boots are what you need.
Made from durable and water-repellent buffalo leather, these boots are tough, rugged, and built for longevity. The buffalo hide exterior is complemented with an internal breathable, waterproof membrane that promotes airflow without any dampness. The interior also features protective inserts, ankle impact protection, and a molded insole for added comfort.
The sole is a heavy-duty thing. It’s made from Vibram rubber and has a thick tread with a serious anti-slip surface. These boots are fastened with a zipper and hook/loop tab, with the option for a more precise fit using the collar buckle straps.
Belstaff is an expensive brand, and these boots aren’t cheap. However, they’re manufactured to a high standard and will stand the test of time—providing that you take care of them properly!
Urban riders looking for the right balance of functionality, protection, and versatility should consider something like the REVIT Royale Boots. They’re similar in nature to the above mentioned TCX Street Ace Air Shoes, but they’re a more premium product packed full of even more advanced features. If you want a boot that can protect you while you’re riding and feels great while you’re walking, these are the boots for you.
Constructed from full-grain cowhide leather with textile paneling, these boots are tougher than you’d expect from a casual looking boot. They also reach further up the ankle than other casual boots too. Protective features include thermoformed heels, toe caps, and injected ankle cups, along with a tough synthetic rubber sole. A gear shift pad, anatomically shaped footbed, and adjustable ankle strap are also included.
What we really love about these boots is their waterproof properties. Each boot features a hydrate liner that really keeps water and moisture out. They also have a CoolMax mesh lining which is supposed to improve the airflow, but it’s not as good as it could be. And that’s the downside: these boots can get a little hot and sweaty. They definitely work better in a colder climate!
The TCX Vibe Air Boots are our top choice for those looking for light and airy summer boots with serious protection stats. Riding in hot weather can be a hot and uncomfortable affair but it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of good summer boots out there, but TCXs Vibe Air kicks get our seal of approval. They’re everything you’d hope for and more from a summer boot.
These boots are made from a stylish and sturdy suede with Air Tech fabric sections. They’re lightweight boots, but they pack some heavyweight protection. These include malleolus protection inserts, PVC ankle guards, padded upper collars, and a durable, high-performance rubber sole. If you’re concerned about their protection, rest assured knowing that they’re CE certified.
On the inside, these boots also have a comfort fit system for a close and snug fit, along with anatomically shaped footbeds. Other cool features include reflective inserts to help raise your visibility, a Bycast leather gear shifter pad, and Velcro and lace-up fastenings. Though we don’t usually go for laces, these aren’t your typical laces—instead, they use a speed lacing system, and the Velcro collar does most of the heavy lifting!
Breathable, comfortable, safe, and affordable—these motorcycle boots offer a great return for your investment.