For City Rides, Track Day Laps or Sports Tours Through Africa, Our Hands On Reviews of Motorcycle Boots Will Help You Find the Perfect Pair of Boots for Whatever Your Riding Adventure.
Do you even need specific motorcycle boots? Sure, you can wear regular shoes on your motorcycle, a good pair of boots is a much better option if you want to keep your feet in tact and not destroyed in the event of an accident. Feet, ankles and lower leg body parts are more fragile than we care to think they are and it only makes sense to support and protect them from the dangers that await them when riding a motorcycle. Specifically designed motorcycle boots come with features like a solid tread that keeps your feet from slipping off the pegs as well as tough materials and protection to enhance the safety of your feet.
Ok, so you now know a motorcycle boot is needed. You probably have more questions like where do you find great motorcycle boots? Which boot is best for your specific riding style or bike type or foot shape? Don’t sweat it because at wBw we have been putting motorcycle boots through torture testing for over 20 years and we’ve learned a thing or two in that time.
On this page we help you find the right motorcycle boot and help you navigate to the appropriate review to make sure you’re making an informed decision. Like most things, buying a motorcycle boot isn’t just about looks and style. There are lots of things to consider.
For example, you need to consider the type of riding you will be doing. Where are you spending most of my time riding? Is it once a week blast or every day commuting? What’s your riding style? Are you an aggressive rider or more of a cautious cruiser. What kind of terrain will you be riding on? Is it all city streets or dirt roads and track? How much protection do you want? What style will work best with your motorcycle and clothing? The list goes on and it is very specific to the individual which is why we created this guide and why we review so many boots.
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Our Favorite Motorcycle Boots
Some people love to dive in and read every review while others like to skip the detail and just find the best products for sale today. If you fall into the latter these are the lists for you. Every year we review, rate, rank and battle test motorcycle products to find the cream of the crop. Our best of the best lists showcase our top recommendations for motorcycle riders everywhere.
Best Waterproof Boots
Best Urban Motorcycle Boot
Best Short Boots
Best Motorcycle Racing/Sport Boots
Best Tactical Boots
Best Hot Weather Motorcycle Boots
Best Adventure Touring Boots
Best Motocross and Off-Road Boot
Best Touring Boots
Best Women’s Boots
Best Classic Motorcycle Boots
Best Cruiser Style Boots
Best Children’s Motorcycle
Most riders don’t realize just how many motorcycle boot brands exist. There are traditional boot makers who also make riding boots and there are also specialty brands that focus on motorcycle boots exclusively. We’ve reviewed a lot of motorcycle boots over the years and below we have listed all the brands we’ve covered.
Simply click on the link to see all the reviews we have conducted for each brand.
We have reviewed hundreds of helmets over the year at WBW so we know a thing or two about which motorcycle boot brands our editors love. We also see the analytics on the site so we know which brands get the more views and attention from our readers. Between consumer interest, our editor’s opinions and generally who we think is really innovating in the boot and footcase space, here are the most popular brands at the moment.
Alpinestars makes technical, high performance protective gear for Motorcycle, Motocross, and Auto Racing and more recently for action sports like Adventure/Touring, Mountain Biking and Cycling.
It all started in 1963 when a leather craftsman by the name of Sante Mazzarolo began creating the first Alpinestars branded products.
At that time a new sport called motocross was establishing itself. Low and behold Mazzarolo invented a new type of footwear that would meet the protective needs and demands of this beautiful yet brutal form of athleticism. Since then, Alpinestars Boots have become ubiquitous in street riding and track day events. The boot quality is high, prices are reasonable given that quality and the boots perform well in tough conditions.
In 1960 SIDI began as a craftsman’s workshop manufacturing mountain sports footwear. It wasn’t till the 1970’s that SIDI began making cycling footwear and boots for off-road and on-road motorcycling.
SIDI is a top brand and market leader in both cycling and motorcycle boots and with over 50 years of experience you can tell why. Known for their technology and innovation, Sidi boots were known to do things well before others and that are taken for granted today by riders. For example, SIDI was the first with cam-lock off road boot buckle systems, inner ankle protection and sole replacement systems to name a few. SIDI boots aren’t cheap but they are worth every penny if you can afford them, they are the cream of the crop.
The tagline says it all. A Focus on Boots. The team at TCX is all about boots and that comes across in the motorcycle boots they make.
TCX manufactures leather motorcycle boots (and other clothing and gear too). The company mission is “to offer the maximum safety to the end users through the realization of high innovative and protective products aimed to satisfy all end users needs”. It is a bold claim but the Italian company backs it up with high quality boots we’ve been fans of for years. TCX Boots are a premium quality brand with a solid range of boots across many riding types and styles.
“Dainese uses innovation and new technology to create protective gear and clothing for motorcycle, bike, equestrian and winter sports” according to the Dainese official website.
Started in 1972 the team there makes not only motorcycle boots but all types of other protective gear (back protectors, gloves, airbags and more). A very focused R&D outfit, Dainese was the first to develop a super cool instant-deployment airbag suit and jacket system – it basically blows up like an inflatable balloon to protect you in a crash.
On the boot side of the house, the team at Dainese makes boots for touring, street and track. The unique mix of technical features and style elements make Dainese motorcycle boots a staple among European motorcycle enthusiasts such as Ducati, Triumph or BMW.
Makers of Helmets, Jackets, Gloves, Pants, Footwear the team at Icon is one of the largest street based protective motorcycle apparel brands in the world.
Founded in 2002, ICON exploded onto the scene with unabashed attitude – maybe that’s why we love them so much. They focus on the modern performance rider who rides in the real world of messed up roads. Their core mission is “protecting riders whenever and however we can, knowing that reckoning day is coming for all of us”. That’s why Icon boots rugged and top quality. We love the price point of Icon because they are affordable for most riders, definitely a fan favorite for sure.
With a focus on innovation and well designed motorcycle clothing, REV’IT knows how to make cool boots.
We love the way REV’IT describes themselves so we wanted to include that here: “Whether it is setting a personal best lap time on the track, braving roads less traveled or navigating through the streets of your favorite city while knowing you are properly protected, it is our goal to provide you with the gear that enables you to follow your dreams on two wheels. It is why we started our company in 1995, and it is what still moves us today.”
We like that. Definitely somebody who takes the motorcycle life seriously and who “gets it”.
This XPD Boots are a unique creation all in their own. Developed by Spidi in 2000, XPD boots are designed to be the worlds best racing, touring and sport boots.
Gracing the feet of countless MotoGP, WSBK and AMA champions, XPD boots are the beneficiary of intensive research and development, and on-track testing to provide the very best in protection and performance. With dynamic design and unique styling, Spidi XPD Boots are unmistakable on the road or the track.
Serious riders need serious footwear and Spidi XPD boots are built for those who ride the line and accept no compromises.
Motorcycle Boot Repair:Anthony’s Leather Works is the official U.S. Dainese boot repair contractor (Corona del Mar, California) Resole America is the official Sidi boot repair contractor (Warrenton, Virginia).
Custom Made Motorcycle Boots:MacRostie Leathers makes custom made boots and shoes West Coast Shoe Co. makes “old school style” boots; you can custom order boots also; expensive, but custom made the old fashioned way. Bates Leathers makes boots in classic designs; they will custom make a boot for you if you can wait Russell Moccasin has been custom making shoes and boots since 1898; they have some nice-looking motorcycle boots and other shoes and boots, everything is custom made and the prices seem reasonable
Extra Wide Motorcycle Boots: Sidi Way and Mega Way boots are available in “mega” widths from size 43 (Euro) to 50 up to EE widths; they also have a high instep Alt-Berg boots in the UK will make custom wide motorcycle boots in a variety of styles. Daytona makes the Road Star GTX wide motorcycle boots in sizes up to 49 Euro
Classic Motorcycle Boots: Stompers Boots carries classic engineer boots and others; nice website with great photos Frye Boots claims to be “the oldest continuously operating shoe company in the United States” Big Black Boots has Wesco and Dehner boots, including the Wesco and Dehner Motor Patrol boots. Chippewa Boots makes the classic American motorcycle boot Cove Shoes“Union Made in the USA”; these are some nice-looking boots! Dayton Boots are handmade in Canada; they have some heavy-duty, old school style boots, including the classic “engineer boot”. US Cavalry has many different styles of waterproof and insulated GoreTex boots; many riders swear by the U.S.M.C. approved Gore Tex model and claim they are the only true waterproof boots. Sha-Sha E-Boots are very cool, with embossed flames! Viking Warrior Boots (UK) are sold by Biker’s Paradise and they’re very popular with vintage riders in the UK.
Cruiser Style Boots – Street Boots: XElement carries a wide array of cruiser and other style boots and they look like they’re pretty well made Cruiserworks makes boots for cruising and touring |More post-apocalyptic style boots from Wicked Road Warrior; their site is down, but the boots are still available at many locations. Specter Road makes motorcycle boots with a flexible joint that to allow the boot to flex when walking; see the wBW review of Specter Road Men’s Leather Boots and Specter Road Women’s Motorcycle Boots.
Children’s Motorcycle – Motocross Boots: Axo makes the RC-6 JR boot in sizes K10 to Adult 8; it has all of the safety feature of their adult motorcycle boots.