Dress Boots for professional work with suit???

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by copter105, Apr 28, 2012.

  1. gfloyd2002

    gfloyd2002 Title Free Since '12

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    I struggled with this same question. After years of trying to find something that will work, I now commute in the outstanding Tourmaster Solution boots and store a pair of slip on work shoes under my desk, and swap out for the Tourmasters during the day. :)

    Do NOT buy the Alpinestars Parlor Boots. I thought, hey, I can wear those to the office on my commute and it will ensure that I am ATGATT, and no one will know I'm wearing a motorcycle boot! Well, I'm an idiot. They have almost no protective value, probably less than a pair of high tops. And after a month of wearing them, they started to fall apart, with the glue holding the upper to the sole disappearing. They are really uncomfortable, a tad too small in the toebox but somehow they once actually fell off when I clumsily tripped. They have little chance of staying on in a crash. Cost $175. The Parlor is just a terribly, terrifically, spectacularly bad piece of motorcycle gear for a bad price.

    Lesson learned - wear a real boot and change at the office.
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  2. Phil Y

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    These look pretty cool although I have no firsthand experience with them. On sale too, if they have your size!
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  3. t6pilot

    t6pilot Been here awhile

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    Bates leather, in Lakewood California makes custom boots, mine almost look to nice to ride in. Quality product made right here in the USA
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  4. Bernoulli?

    Bernoulli? Been here awhile

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    I keep a pair of dress shoes to change into at work, but found myself keeping the boots on more often than not. Got a pair of Bates Fastlane touring boots for the commute. They look pretty near normal with dress pants. Not as protective as most other moto boots due to lack of ankle and shin pads, but otherwise very well made and comfortable.
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  5. PhotoBiker

    PhotoBiker Please insert title here

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    This is my normal routine, I carry my shoes with me (not very dressy though).

    I have a "Spare Pair" at work for the days I forget to carry my shoes with me.


    These are quite dressy with pant legs over. Apply some shoe polish every now and then and you'll be styling. The only problem with the Sidi's are the squeaking, other than that no one would know the difference.
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  6. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    This boot collection has decent looking dress boots not easy on the pocketbook and not the greatest in protection but they are styling.
    http://www.wolverine.com/us/1000mile/

    Red wing also has a line like the above.
    Redwingheritage.com/boot. Or something like that.
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  7. rowingdude

    rowingdude Been here awhile

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    I wear Matterhorn 10" boots everywhere, they fit just fine under suit-pants, they'll keep your feet cozy and comfortable in all but the most freaking insane conditions.. and.. they shine well.... and they're not metal toed, so they don't trip metal detectors.. but they're heavy enough on the toe so that if you have to kick someone, you can.

    http://workingperson.com/matterhorn...e=froogle&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=112357441590

    That's the cheapest place online.
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  8. dirtbum

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    I was complemented on my nice shoes yesterday by two women, I told them that they were MC boots and they said they had no idea. I wear them to classes and work related events that I am not in uniform for, frequently. Just keep them polished and no one will ever notice. Except for the occasional squeak like PhotoBiker said...
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  9. PhotoBiker

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    Mine squeak all the damn time, otherwise I'd leave them on most days. I wonder if some silicon spray would fix that. That is a topic for a different thread though.
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  10. Attico

    Attico Wrong way 'round

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    i ride with my dress shoes to work. I just keep a bit of polish and a cloth to buff the shifter mark off.

    it's not ATGATT, but I'm not going on any highways. Usually surface streets at 50km/h. I do realize these are probably more dangerous than highway riding, btw...
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  11. PhotoBiker

    PhotoBiker Please insert title here

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    If you've ever seen someone's foot get tangled in a chain, you will understand the benefit of a good pair of riding boots. I have a coworker who was on a stretch of 25mph road (40km/h) and did such a thing. He was wearing full ATGATT (including boots) at the time he went down.

    I see your thumbnail photo and think that perhaps you have seen this.
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  12. Attico

    Attico Wrong way 'round

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    I ride a shaft drive bike, can't claim to have seen a chain incident.

    the pins in my ankle are from hockey. Someone told me exercise was good for me. They lied.:rofl

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  13. 2WheelDuende

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    I keep dress shoes at work, but wear the Alpinestars Articolo low boots. Sometimes, i get to work and have to hit meetings as soon as I get in, and forget to change my shoes. I got them from Bikebandit for about $120. Probably not the most protective, but they pass for, and feel like, dress boots.
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  14. MotoandCo

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  15. Bmorg23

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    ive been searching for a pair of boots to function both at work and on my bike. the only solution ive come up with is to buy a dress boot that i can also use to ride. ie doc martin etc. all the riding boots ive found end up looking to unprofessional in a suit.
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  16. Fishyhead

    Fishyhead Eremikophobic

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    Unless you're riding to work in this business suite, you're going to need to store your riding gear somewhere. A pair of dress shoes do not take much space.

    For me, I keep a pair of black shoes @ work just in case but typically carry what I will wear with me.
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  17. MrBob

    MrBob Out there

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    Both side zippers on my Cruiserworks boots are kaput and repairs would cost a hundred dollars. I emailed the company asking for suggestions and never received a reply, so I see they 're maintaining their tradition of shitty customer service.


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  18. Schnickelfritz

    Schnickelfritz pick, grin, repeat

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    I use Ecco Berlins or Tracks for in-town. This is the minimum I will ride with. Anything farther than a couple miles, I use full boots. Sidi Way Rains are good looking, no toe hardware or logos, low-pro sole, and don't yell "motorcycle" when worn with regular pants, but they are tall. Most moto boot makers have a few mid-height models with better foot protection than the Eccos I use.
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  19. Walterxr650l

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  20. InDenial

    InDenial Been here awhile

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    Look at Bates 8" boots. The police wear them all day on patrol and they are very comfortable and waterproof too. I could wear mine with a suit if I kept them polished.
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