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Old 10-31-2006, 09:30 AM   #1
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Question: non motorcycle boots?

Hellos,

What do people think about non-motorcycle boots for motorcycle riding?
I am thinking of things like the Danner Fort Lewis or 8" Striker
http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&rh=n...ADanner&page=1

Are there features I need to be aware of (to either have or avoid) in selecting a good boot. I would like to have a protective toe (does not have to be steel) and I think that the look of the sidi adventure might be a
bit wild for me to wear at the office. My hope is that the basic black
boot will be subtle enough in the office :)

Sorry for asking the noob questions. I have been without a bike way too
long and am in the process of getting one (SWMBO has given me checkbook
authority to get a bike again). I have always been an AGATT person even
when I didn't know the word existed... I used to ride around in full leathers but I think that this time I will be looking at textiles.

Thanks in advance
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Old 10-31-2006, 09:45 AM   #2
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Hellos,

What do people think about non-motorcycle boots for motorcycle riding?
I am thinking of things like the Danner Fort Lewis or 8" Striker
http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&rh=n...ADanner&page=1

Are there features I need to be aware of (to either have or avoid) in selecting a good boot. I would like to have a protective toe (does not have to be steel) and I think that the look of the sidi adventure might be a
bit wild for me to wear at the office. My hope is that the basic black
boot will be subtle enough in the office :)

Sorry for asking the noob questions. I have been without a bike way too
long and am in the process of getting one (SWMBO has given me checkbook authority to get a bike again). I have always been an AGATT person even
when I didn't know the word existed... I used to ride around in full leathers but I think that this time I will be looking at textiles.

Thanks in advance


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Old 10-31-2006, 10:06 AM   #3
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Gaack! What kind of office do you work in?
Look, you can get a pair of Oxtar Matrix boots for less than $200.
They're waterproof and don't look bad over jeans or khakis.
Better, I doff the boots at work and don a pair of cordovan J&Ms that work with most slacks.
For suit days, I pack a pair of blacks.
For wearing over the suit, it's hard to beat a 'Stich.
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Old 10-31-2006, 10:15 AM   #4
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+ 1 on the Oxtar Matrix, under your pant leg they look fine.

They are a good buy and I got 20,000 out of the last pair.

Good idea is buy one size up and put a pair of SPENCO full foot arch supports in then you will think you walking in a pair of Niki's.
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Old 10-31-2006, 10:17 AM   #5
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I rode to work wearing the same exact Danners and other types of combat boots while I was in the Army. Now that I'm not, I'd wear moto-specific boots then change into work shoes when I get to the office. I don't wanna look like some outta work mercenary or punk-skinhead type.
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Old 10-31-2006, 10:19 AM   #6
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Amen on the Spenco's.
But, Niki's boots?
Niki who :^)
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Old 10-31-2006, 10:44 AM   #7
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Ahhh, yes! Hardly a noob question! Its the neverending quest for good motorcycle boots that look okay for an office. I feel your pain about offices where motorcycle boots aren't really acceptable. I work in a DA's office and have the same issue.

I've worn Cruiserworks Men's Tour boots to work for a couple of years. The boot is comfortable and looks fairly normal but the protection is minimal and the retention is awful. I won't buy them again. They cost way too much money for what you get. Cruiserworks does make a boot with retention, but I still wouldn't get them again because of the protection issues, and they can't be resoled easily. Frye Boots makes a heckuva tough boot and I know a couple of guys who wear a pair of Frye engineering boots as motorcycle boots (as does Rogue1... check out his 10,000+ miles Ride Report, all on the same pair of Fryes). The Frye engineering boots at least have a bit of retention, but they don't have the shin and ankle protection that a proper motorcycle boot has.

I think I'm just going to buy some plain but inexpensive black leather boots and keep them in my office so that when I ride my bike I can just change into them (can't change into shoes because I'd have white athletic socks on). That way I have real motorcycle boots on the road, and I'm not walking into a courtroom with something that looks goofy.
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Old 10-31-2006, 12:10 PM   #8
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While I love my Danner Ft. Lewis boots, I'll suggest the Oxtar Matrix boots as well. Boot/shoe laces on a motorcycle is not recommended. The Matrix boots look great with casual clothes, are 100% waterproof, have great armor in the ankles and shin area and clean up like new with some Kiwi shoe polish. You can find them online for about $170.

Edit: For walking around the Matrix is just as comfortable or more so than the Danners.
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Old 10-31-2006, 12:30 PM   #9
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Just an aside: Years ago I dropped my bike on the 405 FWY and the pig came down on my foot. Effed up ankle. Ground THROUGH the leather Frye boots i was wearing ... sole and all and now I have a cute little skin graft on the inside of my foot. Those boots had really thick soles too. Like 3/8 inch. I advise wearing really good MC boots whenever riding. Just keep a pair of street shoes at the office.

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Old 10-31-2006, 01:27 PM   #10
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I prefer Danner combat boots. No substitute for ARMORED moto boots, but every bit as good as most touring/street boots sold. Good enough for the Army (my unit had motos and air transportation, boot needs were a bit severe), saved my ankle in a get off, keeps the feets happy. If some yutz thinks I'm a mercenary or skinhead then I've been in the 'burbs just long enough.

...come to think of it I am a baldie and usually heavily armed.
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Old 11-02-2006, 07:35 AM   #11
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Boulet Boots

I have horses. I've been wearing Boulet steel toed cowboy/work boots for 25 years. They are model 8120 with steel toe, steel plate, slanted dogger heel and Vibram sole. I'm on my third pair - they last a long time and they are very comfortable. I wear the same boots on my motorcycle. Boulet also makes boots specifically for motorcycle riding.

www.bouletboots.com

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Old 11-03-2006, 05:15 PM   #12
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Can't ya put some dress shoes under your desk at work? In the file cabinet? How 'bout in your saddle bags? Back pack?

If you could find a pair of boots that looked good with dress clothing would they still protect your tootsies in a departure (departure from controlled flight) situation?

'sides, how can you keep a starched cotton shirt from looking like hell if you zip on a riding suit and sweat in it on the way to the office?

Biz cas? Same thing. Khakis will look like they have been slept in.

Ideal world...... Dressing room at office where showers and clothing locker are located..... Beautiful secretaries (what are those?... we don't have ANY kind of secretary anymore... downsized/prductivity improvement, &c) scantily clad and obnoxiously randy... May as well throw in free beer since it I was thinking ideal world and all....
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Old 11-03-2006, 06:00 PM   #13
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A good boot

Best motorcycle boot I ever had is this one
http://www.wolverinebootsandshoes.co...inch-Boot.aspx
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Old 11-03-2006, 06:35 PM   #14
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I used to wear Dr.Martin's.
The cleats would make pebbles on pavement feel like ball bearings under foot.
I later chose dress shoes with decent street soles.Now I just wear my MC boots and stash a pair of sutiable shoes everywhere I may need them.
If I don't have shoes,I don't mind wearing my boots.
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Old 11-03-2006, 07:01 PM   #15
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Sometimes I wear my Sidi OnRoads and change at work. Sometimes I just wear my Redwings. Wearing real riding boots is better, but it's more hassle. Wearing something that covers your ankles is 90% of the battle.
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