Falco 775 Novo TT Boots
Falco 775 Novo Motorcycle Boots Review
by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
Motorcycle Boots Page | Owner Comments (Below)
Summary: The Falco Novo
boots have been styled with flair and they look good on
just about any type of motorcycle. They're way more
comfortable than you'd think, especially for a
My introduction to Falco boots came with the
TT race boots, which are designed for sport and track
riding. Falco makes a large variety of different types
of boots however, and several people
suggested we also take a look at the Falco 775 "Novo" short
Falco has been manufacturing boots in Italy since
1993; all Falco boots, including the Novo, are made in
the Falco plant in Altivole, just northwest of
Venice. This is known as the Vèneto region,
and it's a center of motorcycle boot manufacturing,
among other things. Besides Falco, you'll find Alpinestars, Forma, Gaerne, Sidi, StylMartin and
TCX all located nearby.
Falco Boots have been popular in Europe and they're now being distributed by Advanced
Motorcycle Gear in the U.S. (see the summary table
The Falco 775 Novo
We've reviewed several different brands and types of
short boots over the past couple of years, so I thought
it would be a good idea to acquire a pair of the Falco
Novo boots to see how they compare.
The Novo boots are in the Falco "Racing" collection,
which seems a bit strange. I'm not sure how a
short boot that really isn't really loaded with
sophisticated safety features ended up in the Racing
category; perhaps it's because the Novo boots do share a
few design touches with other
boots in the collection.
The Novo boots have an interesting design and a unique
style, that's for sure. They
may look like they were patterned after a motorcycle race
boot, but I would definitely understand how a modern cruiser owner
might also want to score
Maybe it's the black suede over the
graphite carbon-fiber-look material across the instep, or the
details and the strap up top, but the Novo styling does
stand out from the mostly utilitarian look of other
short boots we've reviewed.
And how about that metal ""Alu-Titan" toe slider?
It manages to look both out of place and just right at
the same time. Perhaps they say "I'm serious" in a
way that no other short boot can.
The bottom line is that
the Novo boots look perfectly fine under anything from
jeans to leather
or textile pants and for everyone from cruisers to the street/stunt crowd.
The toe and heel are covered with a plastic abrasion
protection molding similar to that used in the Falco ESO
TT race boots. Falco calls it their "Tech-Toe"
system. The Novo boots do not have a reinforced
heel or toe cup, so other than the abrasion protection
and whatever inherent stiffness there is in the plastic,
there is no other reinforcement that I can feel.
I'd prefer some type of hard backing in these areas,
but I suppose this might make the boots less
comfortable. Besides, the Novo boots are designed
more for the street than the track, regardless of their
listing in the "Racing" category.
The soles are sticky as gum, so no problems about
looking foolish when you're backpedaling the 890-pound
Road Hog out of the space reserved for RV's at the
parking lot either. Honest -- I don't think I've
found a stickier pair of soles on any motorcycle boot,
they're that good.
The foot bed of the Novo boots are topped with a slight
layer of padding, and that carbon-fiber-look material is
actually a stretchy elastic; this combination makes for one very
comfy boot. In fact, when I first put them on, I
thought they felt better than my pair of bedroom slippers!
Adding to the cushy feel is the fully lined interior and
the slightly thicker padding around the ankle.
These are very comfortable boots, and they're also easy
to use for walking.
The rest of the uppers are made from real leather,
which helps make the boot uppers more pliable than some
of the other short motorcycle boots we've tried, which
can sometimes feel pretty stiff.
The entire reach of the Novo boots between the toe and heel cup is much
more flexible than, say, the
Rev'it Fighter short boots or the
Kochmann Scout boots.
The strap across the top is adjustable. The
strap and buckle system is similar to the one used on
the ESO TT boots; the strap has plastic teeth molded on
the back side, just like those ratcheting helmet chin
straps. Slide the strap under the buckle and as
the metal buckle is closed, the strap is pulled tight.
The ankle has plenty of padding and flexibility underneath
though to keep things soft and comfy and the strap
ensures the boots will stay on your feet.
The size 44 Euro boots shown here run slightly large;
they have plenty of room in the front of my toes, and I
think the boots run slightly narrow, but this is fine
because of the elastic across the instep.
I think the size 44's are probably
more like a size 11 U.S. boot in terms of length. I wear a 10.5
street boot, and these feel slightly big, not enough to
bother and enough to fit a pair of heavier socks if I
The Novo boots have no vents or perforated leather, and the
elastic across the top doesn't breathe as well as
a natural material like leather. But I haven't really noticed them becoming any
warmer than any other short boots I own.
By the way, Falco has two other short
city/street/stunt type boots in their "City Riding"
collection: the 899 "Forge", which looks vaguely similar
Alpinestars Recon boots we reviewed; the 831 "Nikko
2", a definite cruiser-oriented choice that looks like a
slip-on shoe; the taller 842 "Pepper", another nice
And there's more: the "Minibike Stunt" category
includes the 770 "Hot Wheels", a variation of the 775
Novo shown here, along with the 771 "Stroke", which is
available in three colors. There are also a pair
of classic cruiser/retro styled boots in their "Custom"
The Falco Novo boots have a lot of style and they're
different than other short motorcycle boots I've tried.
I think the design is very versatile, because these
look out of place on a modern cruiser rider, a street
biker or a sport tourer. They would also make a
good touring boot if you're looking for comfort rather
than something that's waterproof.
The tradeoff is that the Novo boots don't seem to
have some of the safety features included in short boots
Kochmann Scout, but if it's an adequate
level of protection along with sleek style you're after,
the Novo boots are probably the only game in town.
Our sources tell us that the Novo has been a very popular
boot in Europe and the UK, and it's already becoming
popular in the U.S., so much so that they're hard to
keep in stock. If you want a
pair, better get in line!
Review: Falco 775 Novo
Falco Motorcycle Boots
U.S. Sales/Distribution: Advanced Motorcycle Gear
UK Distribution: Thunderchild
Retail Price: $217.63
|Review Date: October
2008 Note: Boots provided by Advanced Motorcycle Gear
for this review (more).
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From "K.M." (10/08): "How about a
short boot "shootout"? Shift "Fuel" vs. Icon "Superduty
3" vs. Falco "whatever it is" (way too expensive for
what it is) vs. Icon "Accellerant" vs. any other kind of
I, personally, use the Shift "fuel" shoe and love it.
Other times I'm using my old trusty Bates "enforcers"
(that I wear for work as well). Sure there's no
"toe sliders"...but seriously...how many street riders
have even scuffed a shoe let alone need "toe sliders"
(and on a SHORT BOOT no less???)?? In my opinion,
any "Hi top" sneaker with short laces or a Velcro stap
at top (such as current Nikes) could do what these shoes
do. It's not like current offerings offer much
protection. None the less...a shootout of "short
boots" would be a fantastic article (since that's what
most street riders wear)."
Editor's Reply: Thanks for the
feedback, not sure how much more we can say about the
differences in the boots that hasn't already been said
in the various reviews of short boots (see the links to
the reviews in the right-hand column). We also
tried to compare some of the features of the Novo boot
to others in the above article.
A "shootout" is difficult at this point, because the
reviews were written by different authors at different
times and they live in multiple locations.
Please read my discussion on the difficulty of doing
this section of the Site Info page. Also,
most/all of the short boots we've reviewed have varied
and multiple levels of safety features for motorcycling.
Although the toe slider on the Novo boots may seem
strange, it does at least add to the styling.