Specter Road Leather Motorcycle Boots
| Women's Specter
Road Motorcycle Boots Review |
Owner Comments (Below)
NOTE: As of May 1, 2008, Specter Road is no longer in business.
exactly is a motorcycle boot? Work boots like the classic
"engineer" boot and the logger boot are popular with motorcyclists, but they
weren't designed primarily for motorcycle riding.
Motorcycle race boots are popular with sportbike owners, but you don't
see many cruiser riders wearing them. Then there are off-road boots,
motocross boots and other types of footwear that are used by motorcycle
riders that all fall under the definition of motorcycle boots.
Although there are some sneaker wearers out there, and probably even one
or two with flip-flops, most motorcycle riders wear some type of boot.
It's interesting to note that even those who ride in T-shirts and jeans are
usually wearing a heavy pair of boots. Are motorcyclists more
concerned about protecting their feet than their torso?
While engineer boots, logging boots and even race boots may look cool and
offer varying levels of protection, they're not very comfortable.
Logging boots have very thick leather and soles, making them incredibly
stiff and uncomfortable for walking.
Maybe the leather gets broken in
after they've been worn for a decade or so, but they're like torture for the
other 9 years and 11 months. And engineer boots aren't much better,
especially if they have steel toes.
Motorcycle boots designed for racing offer lots of protection, but the
protective layers of padding and other materials can make them get pretty
toasty inside. They're also not very good for walking much farther
than from the garage to the house.
I've always wanted a pair of engineer boots because I like the way they
look. But I never found a pair that was anywhere near comfortable
enough to spend money on. These Specter Road "Tour" boots are
definitely an exception to the rule. I honestly think these are
probably the most comfortable footwear I've ever owned of any type!
The soft leather feels broken in right out of the box, helping to make
the boots flexible so that they don't chafe on the sensitive areas around
the ankle. Specter Road uses "Bucktex" moisture-wicking breathable
lining in the boots, which provides a thin layer of padding and adds to the
Tour model is a takeoff on the classic engineer boot but with some extra
features designed for motorcycle use.
For example, the toe cap is
designed to fit under the shift lever, which isn't always possible with
other engineer style boots not specifically designed for motorcycle riding.
Also, the toe cap, the heel and the ankle have an additional layer of Kevlar
fabric placed between the leather and the boot liner. You can save a
few bucks by ordering the boots without the Kevlar, but it makes sense to
for the added protection that it offers against abrasion.
I debated whether or not the boots would have been better with an
leather patch on the outside of the toe to protect against motorcycle shifter wear, but it would probably hurt the look of the boots. Specter Road also
claims that the quality and durability of their leather makes a shifting
Specter Road says that the soles are designed with a vibration damping
capability. The soles are bonded to the leather, which help to prevent
water ingress at that critical juncture. The bottom of the sole has a
rugged tread pattern that seems to grip very well on a variety of road
The soles also have an internal steel shank which adds lateral strength,
but the shank doesn't seem to affect the flexibility; although they're not
walking boots, you'd never know it!
The leather is double-stitched all the way around, and the stitching is
"bonded" to make them resistant to water.
Heavy leather motorcycle boots like engineer boots or logger boots are
usually so stiff when new that they can cause rubbing, chafing or blisters
in no time at all, which is not fun. If a blister opens up, it can
cause a serious infection because of the hot, moist conditions inside the
Maybe I have extra-sensitive skin or a strangely shaped foot, but it
seems like just about every new pair of shoes or boots that I buy will chafe
my skin around round my ankles. Normally, a calf-high boot would give
me all sorts of problems until it's broken in.
But I've been
pleasantly surprised that I've experienced no rubbing or chafing with the
Specter Road Tour boot, due to the combination of the soft lining and
special design feature that makes these boots so flexible and which also
helps to prevent chafing of the ankles is illustrated in this photo.
Specter Road added a flexible joint of soft leather in back of the ankle.
It wraps around the back of the boot, giving it extra front-to-rear and
side-to-side movement that adds to the comfort and really seems to make a
The boots are nicely made and the stitching is of high quality. A
soft piece of leather is sewn into the lining at the top of each boot to help make them
easier to slide on and off. Each boot also has a big, wide leather
loop that makes it easy to grab and slide them on.
Specter Road boots are available in sizes 6 through 14 in widths D, E and
EEE. Half sizes are available from size 6.5 to 11.5, also in D, E and
EEE widths. Several different styles are available, some with laces
and some without.
Do you have extra wide calves or unusually small or large sized feet?
Here's some great news: Since Specter Road manufactures the boots themselves
in Canada, rather than subcontracting out the work, they have the ability to
custom-fit a pair of boots for you for an extra charge. This is really
great news for those motorcycle riders who have had trouble finding the
Specter Road will also repair their boots, adding new soles or performing
other work as necessary.
These Specter Road Tour boots are very comfortable, they are well made and
they have some nice features. I like the fact that they're made in
Canada almost by hand and that the company backs their products with a
warranty and repair service if necessary. The custom sizing feature is
a lifesaver for riders who have trouble finding motorcycle boots that fit
Review: Specter Road Motorcycle Touring Boot
Retail Price: $302.00 USD
Comments: Very comfortable, flexible and have a soft,
breathable lining. Water resistant. Special vibration
damping soles. Kevlar fabric reinforces the toes, heels and
ankles. Custom fit and sizing available directly from the Specter
Road factory. Available with or without the Kevlar lining.
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