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Alpinestars SP-1 V2 Vented Shoes Review

Author wearing Alpinestars SP-1 V2 Vented Shoes on motorcycle
Alpinestars SP-1 V2 Vented Shoes Review Summary
Review Summary
If you were looking for the ultimate foot and ankle protection, then a full racing boot would be the way to go. However, when you just want to go for a casual ride, a protected short boot might do the trick. Alpinestars have taken some of the best features of their track boots and added the comfort features that a casual street rider wants in their SP-1 shoe series. Alpinestars provides two different flavors, the non-vented version as well as the vented version. Both are priced at $199.95, providing CE-level protection and three graphics to choose from. The competition is abundant in this short boots category, but if you are in the market for a traditional short boots with a no-frills easy speed lace system, then put this on your list.
Build Quality
Value for Money
Great breathability relative to similar gear
Speed lace system
CE level protection
Comfort padding all around
Bulbous bulky design in the traditional sense
Sizing one full size down on the US sizing chart
Traditional material usage
Limited traditional colorways
A Good Buy

Review Summary:

  • The Alpinestars SP-1 V2 Vented Shoes are an elegant mix of track performance features and street riding comfort.
  • These shoes come in two versions—a vented version aimed at warm-weather riding and a non-vented version for a range of cooler conditions. Both are priced the same.
  • The boots feature sturdy, CE-rated protection, but run large and are a bit bulky. If you like the style, however, they make a pretty good buy for commuting or street riding.


The Alpinestars SP-1 V2s: Serviceable Short Street Shoes

I wanted to address the sizing for Alpinestars SP-1 V2 shoes first; this will be for both vented and non-vented models. If you are looking at Alpinestars’ size chart and you are looking at their American/US sizing, you need to size down one size. For example, I am typically a 10.5 in my Nike Pegasus or Adidas Ultraboost and had to order the US size 9.5 since the 10.5 were way too big. So keep that in mind when looking at the SP-1 V2s.

There are plenty of short boots and riding shoes out there, especially in the traditional design format. I have been wearing my Dainese Torque 3 Air Out full race boots (which you can find on our list of Best Sport Boots for 2022) on my daily commute, which felt like overkill at times. Fortunately, that kind of protection also exists to a reasonable extent with the Alpinestars SP-1 V2 shoes. Find out more about my experiences in these shoes below.

About Alpinestars

Collage of Alpinestars motorcycle boots and shoes
Alpinestars is a truly world class brand of motorcycle apparel. Founded in the early 1960s by Sante Mazzarolo, Alpinestars has grown to be a world leading manufacturer of professional racing products.

Whilst their leathers are worn by some of the biggest names in bike racing, they also specialize in high-performance textile jackets, jeans, and gloves. From F1 to Karting, the World Rally Championship to NASCAR, Alpinestars work with the very best drivers and riders to bring design innovations to all aspects of professional motorsport.

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Alpinestars SP-1 V2 Vented Shoes Key Features:

  • Microfiber main upper material
  • Perforated microfiber on lateral, medial quarter insert plus specific perforate zone on medial side for enhanced ventilation
  • Tongue is made with breathable mesh to improve airflow and ventilation
  • Tongue and rear accordion have lightweight padded material that offers superior comfort
  • Airflow and ventilation are improved thanks to lateral Air Intake with metallic mesh
  • Speed lace system derived from Alpinestars MOTOGP technology for improved quick precise and secure closure
  • Higher closure system with adjustable hook-and-loop closure and debossed Alpinestars logo
  • Foam backed double density ankles disk protection are mounted under the upper plus lateral outer TPR guards provide all-round strategic protection and flexibility in keys area
  • External TPR toe reinforcement helps protect against abrasion and gives greater stability
  • Welded reflective insert on rear improves night time visibility
  • TPU heel counter protect from impact while abrasion
  • Internal toe box reinforcement layered under the microfiber
  • Breathable textile lining with anti-sliding microfiber suede on the heel
  • Removable anatomic EVA foam footbed
  • Alpinestars exclusive vulcanized rubber compound sole
  • CE certified

Alpinestars SP-1 V2 Vented Shoes Fit & Comfort

Author wearing Alpinestars SP-1 V2 Vented Shoes on motorcycle
Let’s start with the sizing first. If you are purchasing these sight-unseen from Revzilla or Amazon, then you must pay attention to this section to save yourself some time.


Sizing Down

The sizing for these Alpinestars SP-1 V2 shoes in both the vented and non-vented models runs big. I’ll repeat what I said above: if you’re looking at the US sizing on Alpinestars’ size chart, you need to go down a size from what you regularly wear. I’m a 10.5 in my Nike Pegasus or Adidas Ultraboost shoes and had to order the US size 9.5 since the 10.5 were much too roomy. Even with the US size 9.5, I still have wiggle room in the toe box. The upside is that the SP-1’s will accommodate our wider-foot riders easily.


On the comfort end of the spectrum, the cutout in the rear of the boot gives a level of front-to-back mobility that full boots can’t match. On the bike, the shoes feel comfortable. The support shank provides a solid riding platform to help when moving your body, while the sole provides good riding feedback through the footpegs. The boots feel supportive and comfortable both on and off the bike, but keep in mind they still feel like wearing boots—they are not what I would call sneaker-like.

Break-In Period

Like full race boots, however, they do take time to break in. Around 500 miles is where my pair felt more natural—or that might have been my foot getting used to the SP-1 instead. Even after breaking it in, the SP-1 is only slightly less stuff around the ankle and heel than when new.


Throughout the mileage I’ve put into the SP-1 V2 shoes, even though they are the vented version, the Alpinestars SP-1 V2 just does not breathe as well as the Alpinestars Faster 3 RideKnit shoes. They do breathe and vent when compared with others of its kind, but I may have been spoiled by the RideKnit technology from their Faster 3 line. Living in a state with virtually one season, ventilation and breathability are extremely important, so your requirements may vary.

The speed lace system derived from Alpinestars MOTOGP technology gives simple wearability and support. As seen on their Supertech R’s, you simply slip your foot in, pull up on the laces, cinch the slide lock down, apply the top velcro strip, and off you go. This holds your foot well, and there are no loose laces to worry about.

Alpinestars SP-1 V2 Vented Shoes Materials

Laces on Alpinestars SP-1 V2 Vented Shoes

Exterior & Inner Lining

The SP-1 V2 shoes material is a bit traditional and underwhelming, but hey, if it works, why change it? The upper is constructed from superbly lightweight, durable, and abrasion resistance microfiber. The 3D mesh liner is breathable and keeps your feet dry while providing comfort like in the helmet liners.

The medial (inside) of the SP-1 V2 shoe has changed to the advanced microfiber compound instead of the fake carbon fiber found on the V1. This includes a small amount of padding comfort for when your foot is pressed against the bike.

Toe Design

Along the top of the toe box, a symmetrical toe design gives TPR protection around the shift area. The toe box is reinforced, but only about 1” back from the tip. The toe sliders have been reduced in surface area compared to the SP-1 V1, designed to provide more comfort while walking without the materials in that area bunching up creating pressure points.

Alpinestars logo visible on sole of SP-1 V2 Vented Shoe


The outsole has been updated to the outsole that is found on the popular SMX 6 full boot. The pattern is bigger and separated by region to provide better peg grips when on the bike in different foot positions (toe, ball, and mid area). The outsole gives a great feel of the controls. All of this improves the riding experience, which I appreciate.

Sole of Alpinestars SP-1 V2 Vented Shoe

The insoles are lush and comfortable. Not something you see every day are air channels like in the EPS of a helmet on the bottom of an insole. With the airflow of the SP-1 V2, the air channels on the insoles will add a couple of points to the breathability category.

Lastly, there are a multitude of TPR sliders and protectors, which we will get into in the Protection section of this review.

Alpinestars SP-1 V2 Vented Shoes Protection

Toe of Alpinestars SP-1 V2 Vented Shoe

CE Level 2 Rating

The SP-1 v2 shoe is Category 2 CE certified to 89/686/ECC EU directive. I do not see the newest CE EN 13643:2017 required marking on the shoes—therefore, this tells me that Alpinestars SP-1 falls under the old EU directive of 89/686/ECC. The testing is similar, but it is following the Technical Norm EN 13634:2010 instead of the 2017 version.

Working in the industry, part of my job as a Product Developer is to see through the testing of our PPE to certain standards as regulated by the European Union. The SP-1 series from Alpinestars is grandfathered into the older standard, which saved a ton of R&D costs. We can see that the savings were passed on to the consumer by keeping the MSRP the same.

However, don’t be turned away from this older standard, because there were no fundamental changes to the main test principles (resistances to impact abrasion, impact cut, and sole rigidity). The rating for the Alpinestars SP-1 V2 shoe is as follows:

  • Impact Abrasion: Level 2
  • Impact Cut: Level 2
  • Sole Rigidity: Level 1
  • Additional Tests: None conducted

We are going to get a little technical here, so if you’re not interested, you can feel safe knowing that these Category 2 CE certified SP-1 V2’s will protect your feet when you go down (not if).

Label explaining safety features on Alpinestars SP-1 V2 Vented Shoes

Abrasion Resistance

For testing, the boot is divided into two areas: Area A covers the sole, front and back of the boot and everything else is Area B.

For basic Level 1 approval, materials tested on area A must last 1.5 seconds, and samples from area B need to last 5 seconds on the abrasive belt. To reach the higher Level 2, area A samples need to last 2.5 seconds or longer, while area B must survive at least 12 seconds without wearing through.

Impact Cut

Next, the boots are tested to see how they’d hold up if they came up against a sharp object. For this, a blade attached to a mounting block is dropped onto a sample of the boot, and apparatus measures how far the blade goes through the boot. The tests use the same areas A and area B as the abrasion test above.

When testing area A, the knife will be dropped at two meters per second (m/s). For a Level 1 and a Level 2 rating, the knife can’t protrude through the material by more than 25mm.

Area B is tested by dropping the blade at 2.8m/s. For Level 1 approval, the blade can’t go through the sample by more than 25mm. To pass Level 2, the maximum it can go through is 15mm.

Transverse Rigidity

The transverse rigidity test determines how strongly the boot can resist your foot being crushed if a bike’s weight falls on it. This is extremely important when you lowside. I had a lowside last year where my leg was stuck under my Suzuki GSXS-750. The boot I was wearing at the time saved my ankle from being crushed as well as keeping my toes from burning on the exhaust pipes. Thank goodness!

The boot is laid down with the widest part of the foot positioned between two plates, which compresses at a rate of 30mm per min. The apparatus records the force required to compress the sole at that rate. If it took less than 1kN of force to compress the sole to 20mm, the test failed. If it took 1kN-1.4kN the boot takes a Level 1 pass and if it needed 1.5kN or more to compress the sole it achieves a Level 2 pass.

Alpinestars SP-1 V2 Vented Shoes Design & Appearance

Design of Alpinestars SP-1 V2 Vented Shoes visible

Overall Design

Truth be told, the styling of Alpinestars SP-1 V2 shoes is not my cup of tea. They remind me of my first riding shoe back 15 years ago. The overprotected nature and bulky bulbous look turn me off to it in general.

However, beauty is in the eye of the beholder—and with the knowledge of the CE certification of the SP-1 series, I won’t ding too many points off my rating for it. Alpinestars can’t proceed with a complete design overhaul without retesting to the new CE directive and therefore adjusting the MSRP.

Color Options

There are only three colorways with traditional graphics to choose from. Black/Black, Black/White and Black/Silver/Yellow Fluorescent.

Alpinestars SP-1 V2 Vented Shoes Build Quality

Side of heel on Alpinestars SP-1 V2 Vented Shoes

Like all Alpinestars products, these SP-1 V2 Vented shoes are well-made. The construction, stitching, bonding, and materials are all neat and tidy without major defects.

Heel & Toe Areas

The anti-slide reinforcement construction of the heel area helps keep the foot in place while riding. If there is one minor gripe, it is that the toe box is built a bit bulbous. The bulkiness does not facilitate fluid movement between upshifting and downshifting. This is, however, the characteristic of a traditional motorcycle boot design. With a bit of riding, your foot will get used to it and adjust accordingly.

Bonding & Stitching

The outsole bonding looks great, glue is applied cleanly. Stitch work is flawless, and the TPR/screen print implementation is executed pretty well. Overall, the SP-1 V2 shoes did not disappoint in this category.

Close-up of front of Alpinestars SP-1 V2 Vented Shoes

Reflective Elements

The reflective strip on the back welded in the achilles area might not be as functional if your pants are covering that are in the riding position. This is an issue you’ll encounter with many riding boots and shoes though, and since many pants also feature reflective elements on the cuffs, it’s hardly a deal-breaker. You can get away with reflectors on one or the other (pants or footwear)—both are kind of redundant.

Alpinestars SP-1 V2 Vented Shoes Value for Money

Alpinestars SP-1 V2 Vented Shoes in front of white wall

These are available for men only and come in two versions: vented and non-vented. Both are priced at $199.95 for CE-level protection with three graphics to choose from.

Although the price remained unchanged from the previous edition, we’re not sure these are the best buy out there. At the $200 mark, there are other short sport boots in Alpinestars’ own lineup that look better, are designed with newer material technologies, and cost less. Something to consider when comparison shopping.

Final Thoughts on the Alpinestars SP-1 V2 Vented Shoes

Alpinestars offers a good product here, if not a truly great one. While these shoes provide adequate protection and the vented versions breathe easily, they’re also a bit bulky, a little outdated in terms of their materials, and tend to run annoyingly large.

That said, they’re solid shoes for what they do—and while they might not be the single best product Alpinestars offers for this niche, we’d never tell you not to buy these if you like them. Just pay attention to our sizing notes when you order them and you should be fine.


  • Manufacturer: Alpinestars
  • Price: $199.95 USD
  • Made In: Vietnam
  • Colors: Black/Black, Black/White, and Black/Silver/Yellow Fluorescent
  • Sizes Available: Men’s size 6-14
  • Review Period: July to Sept 2022

Important Links / Where to Buy:

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