Yet they are very comfortable to walk in because they bend between the toes and the bridge of your foot.
That also means they are compliant enough to work the levers and provide plenty of feel while riding.
They come in full-grain black or aged brown leather.
The latter really looks trendy. After some wear, they get a nice patina of age, although the black rubber from my gear shifter has rubbed off on the toe wider than the double-leather protector.
These boots come up well above the ankle for extra protection and they lace all the way up to get the perfect fit.
That’s handy for me as I once broke my right foot in an off-road bike crash and it has heeled as little bigger than the left foot. Consequently, when I buy boots and shoes to fit the right foot, the left is then loose. Not so with these.
It takes a while to tie them up, but once tied they are a firm fit. A zip down the side would be have been handy for quick removal.
The TCX X-Blen waterproof boots come in sizes EU 39-47and US 6-12.5.