by Rick K. for webBikeWorld.com
| Owner Comments
Red suede shoes? Why not -- Elvis
and Carl Perkins would have flipped for these, I'm sure.
It took me several days of peeking inside the Vendramini box
to get up the nerve to actually try them on, but judging from the reactions
I've gotten from others, they're a hit.
It's funny how style works -- someone, somewhere had to be
the first person to wear a white belt, a double-knit polyester leisure suit,
pants with the crotch hanging down a foot from the nether regions or a white
T-shirt five sizes too big.
The first person to wear it can sometimes look as foolish as the last
person. But trendsetters are always experimenting and the rest of us
If this sounds like a long-winded justification for wearing
red suede shoes, well, maybe it is. Although I'm not sure I need a
justification, because these Vendramini Aero boots not only look cool,
they're comfortable too.
Besides, if you don't like them in red,
try the muted gray, and they're also available with
"Air-Tex" vented fabric, which would probably be perfect for summer.
I've been wearing mine on the street, and getting lots of
compliments (and stares). But they're motorcycle boots nonetheless,
with the same lateral crush resistant bottom used in all Vendramini boots,
just like the
Vendramini Marathon boots we reviewed previously.
This type of sole is important and useful for motorcycle
riding, because it helps prevent torsion in a crash and because the stiff
and stable platform formed by the sole provides a greater amount of surface
area to distribute the rider's weight over the narrow footpegs, helping to
The Aero boots have a stiff heel cup and protection in the
toe and the outer ankle, so they should offer better protection than work
boots or other footwear not specifically designed for motorcycle riding.
The cool-looking Vibram soles are very sticky, again just
like the Vendramini Marathons. Sticky soles are best for motorcycle
riding because they help the rider gain better traction when paddling the
bike around in a parking lot or backing it into the garage. This is
doubly important for riders with shorter inseams or those riding tall bikes,
like our Triumph Tiger test mule.
The Aero boots are very comfortable; sort of like wearing a
work boot with a rock climbing sole. The insoles are
leather and they have a natural coconut fiber cushion, of all things, which
provides some give and which also has some insulating properties, according
Although the boots are comfortable for walking, they're not
meant to be as cushy as running shoes. They are instead more similar
in feel to a pair of work boots.
I normally take a size 10.5 (US) street shoe, which
corresponds to a Euro size 44. The Aero boots shown here are labeled
as size 10, but they have a size 45 marking on the insole. The Vendramini
USA website lists sizes 7 to 11, with no half sizes.
These size 10's weigh 1 lb., 6-1/4 oz. each (631 grams).
It's been tricky lately to determine the country of origin
for many motorcycle products lately. You'd think there'd be law that
mandated a "Made in..." label, but I guess this isn't the case. I've
inspected every square inch of the Aero boots and the box they came in and I
can't find anything that indicates where they are made, but if I had to
guess, I'd say that they're made in Italy.
The contrasting dark gray suede leather around the bottom of
the shoe is sewn with contrasting double-row stitching to the red suede
tops. The quality is first-rate, and everything looks perfectly lined
up with no hanging threads or other nits to report.
The Vendramini Aero boots have a dual entry, using laces and a YKK side
zipper. This may seem strange at first, but it makes sense once you
try it. The zipper makes them easier to put on, and they can be
securely fastened to the owner's foot, which is important, because a boot
will not protect if it flies off in the violence of a crash.
To put them on, I first loosen the laces and then open the
zipper. The boots seemed like they might be too narrow at first, but
they fit my D (average) width feet perfectly. They're slightly tight
at first but have broken in a bit over time, and I'd rather have them too
snug than too loose.
The Vendramini Aero boots look great with jeans.
They're nice to wear on the bike or on the street, and if you want to stand
out from the crowd, get a pair in red.