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 boots.
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 in the U.S.A.
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 a pair.
Maybe it’s the black suede over the graphite carbon-fiber-look material across the instep, or the buckle 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.
Toes and Heels
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 size 44 Euro boots shown here run slightly large; they have plenty of room in the front of my toes.
And I also 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 wish.
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.
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 short boot.
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, we did try to compare some of the other short boots in this review.
A “shootout” is difficult, because the reviews were written by different authors at different times and they live in multiple locations.