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post #1 of 22 Old 04-03-2010, 02:31 AM Thread Starter Sponsor
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Boot Questions

Well it's time for some new boots, here's some of my requirements and questions:

1 - medium or low cut, light and cool for 3 season riding
2 - not concerned about rainproofness
3 - do NOT want Buck Rogers plastic panels or large buckles
4 - concerned about protection
5 - not sure if all leather or new type plastic is better

6- size - according to Sidi's online measuring guide I'm a 45-46 Euro size which they say is 11- 11 1/2" US size. I find this hard to believe because I've never fit into anything less than a US size 12 and sometimes a 12 is tight. My feet are quite wide, but I don't see anyone offering an EE or EEE size. If I could get an EEE I might fit a 11 1/2" boot.

I see some short boots, almost sneaker type that appeal to me. However I don't see many models between these and the real tall boots.

So my questions are, has anyone any comments on Sidi's sizing? Did you follow their instructions and find the boots actually fit well?

Now, I'd like to hear comments on low cut vs medium boots. My riding is not really off road, nor is it street touring. I ride mountain roads, sometimes a bit gnarly roads.

While I'd like boots that are cool in summer I don't really want to freeze my feet in spring and fall either.

Suggestions are most welcome - before I buy a pair I thought I'd get some opinions from here, thanks!

One more thing - I'm not concerned with price. I want some top quality boots. That's why I looked at Sidi first but they don't have any models that really appeal to me. Are Sidis made in Italy or is everything made in China these days?

Only mid heights I've really seen are the TCX X-CUBE. These are the type of boots I want, but I haven't found any alternatives.

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Like most people I can only really speak from the experience I have had but I have owned several pairs of SIDI MX boots and they were all fantastic.

I now ride with Alpine Stars Goretex touring boots and even in Australian 40+C temps have no hot feet issues nor in nearly 4 years has one drop of water got inside. I like the ones I own because the zips are on the outside (my preference), they are comfortable to walk in and I have even worn them in the office on casual days once or twice.

You won't go wrong with either brand.

Generally I have always found Euro sizing to be very accurate. I take a 42 and no matter what the shoe or boot if I buy a Euro 42 it always seems to fit.

Here is a link to the Alpine Stars boot page they have some good looking ankle length boots there.

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I purchased my Sidi's about 4 years ago and went with the recommended size. I wish I had of went one size larger. They where snug when i got them, but figured with break in they would loosen up. After 4 years I still cannot wear heavy socks (cold weather hunting type)with them.

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I have narrow feet, and I like Sidi because they seem to run a bit narrower than other brands I've tried. That said, most people don't have trouble with the width that I know of. If there's not a dealer where you can try them on, is very good about returns (not sure about the shipping to Japan though).

The Doha is a nice low boot with good protection for its height, and can pass for a casual hiker-type shoe. I prefer something taller like the Way Rains I wear most of the time -- they obviously have much better shin protection, as well as keeping the ankle more stabilized. Even so, they are very comfortable to walk in. They're my 3.5 season boots, and I wear the Dohas when it's just too freaking hot.

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I have the Aerostich Combat Tour Boots (CBT) made by Sidi. Due to age and falling arches, my feet have grown to 11.5 left / 12.5 right. For years I wore 10.5, then 11. Now, 11 in some dress shoes - others are too tight. I ordered the size 12 CBTs and was worried they would be too big. They are perfect - loose with single socks, comfortable with single wool socks, very snug, but wearable, with double socks. I really like the natural leather.

I have started thinking about another pair along the lines you mentioned. The Sidi slash (side zip) look to have possibilities, but also the Doha (suede tennis shoe like). The TCX mentioned earlier caught my eye, as have the Icon Super Duties. If I were ordering this minute, it would be the Dohas.

PS: The CBTs are rather cold even with regular+wool socks.

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post #6 of 22 Old 04-03-2010, 06:02 AM Thread Starter Sponsor
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Wow, already some good advice. I like the recommendation for the Alpine Stars Goretex touring boots. Hey if they're not too hot for Oz, then they should be ok here. Big plus if they're waterproof as well. I don't know though, these tall boots just look hot. Besides I have a pair of taller boots that are still working. I might be looking at lower cut boots.

As to the sizing, I was thinking I should just stick to size 12s.

Sidi are Italian and every Italian shoe I've ever seen is narrow. I'm therefore a bit afraid to get Sidis, although I know they're good boots just not sure they'd fit me.

Anyone out there with wide feet that can comment on Sidi fit?

The Dohas certainly look nice but I'd go 12 1/2 on them I think.

I just wish these companies would make boots in wide sizes.

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Hey, Jim.

My buddy Bob is gone for the weekend (Grandpa business) so he won't be able to tell me b4 Monday or Tuesday, but he got's the wide feet, and I think he has a pair of Sidi's.

I've got a pair of Icon low cut that I really like, but they tend to narrow, I just happen to know....

I'll report back with Bob's story. He returns about 3 out of 4 due to narrow fit. OH, and he is a 14 also

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hi jim, and to any one else reading this.i to started looking for new booties due to the fact yhat my every day summer ones are now getting past there sell buy datethese are italian bieffe short ankle race boot ive had for more years than i can remember (bought 4 pairs dirt cheap at a bike show sometime in the 1990s now down to me last couple of pairs and still boxed up) but not very water proof,so my other pair i use are british army boots as they come in for example size 10/43 euro but the best bit is you can get them in small~medium~large used ones are plentifull plus there already broken in and being all leather wear usage is surprisinly good if looked after.any military kit is worth looking at as its designed for wear and tear of every day usein and out of the combat zone the newer boots used by both the brits and american troops not to sure on canvas/leather combo for bike use.right the down/good side on my observations is being an all leather ankle boot that lace up water/rain does get in eventually normally where it laces up .something else to mention i ride a 02 sprint st and a 09 wee, on the sprint water/rain not normally a problem unless i ride thru flooded roads as the fairing is so good at keeping most of the weather at bay the dl on the other handnice~n~wet the wee top fairing is pretty good but with no lowers every thing from butt down gets wet wet combat boots are almost junk due to 2 winters worth of riding, im one of a small band of bikers in the uk who rides all year round(unless im snowed in)started to use dl and wimped out no matter how much lower clothing tis still cold an lace up boots uh uh lets the wind in ,put dl away out with the sprint till it warms up.anyhow im still looking for a decent boot for all weather use plus must have proper cleated soles, so it looks like combats again coz all the boots on sale here are geared up for the sad side of biking,the suns out time for a ride brigade these are the people boot makers like sidi are targeting as jim said buck roger boots with plastic inserts with no grip soles same as that other money making piece of kit for the gullible. full works look leathers armor all round and quasimodos cast of hump thinking of having a tee shirt made on the front man/woman looking out of window at crotch rocket with the words still raining and on the back a pic of a vee/wee going thru a river crossing at speed underneath the words what rain ya wimp
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I have feet that seem to take different sizes from different manufacturers. Street shoes I am fine with an 11, or 45. I have a pair of Alpinestars Web Goretex boots in 45 that fit like a dream. Too bad the rubber used for the sole is so soft and thin that it wore through in about 6 months, and as it is bonded to the upper, not easily replaced. Comfy boots though, and not too pricey at about 250.00 CDN.

My current boot is the Sidi On Road Touring boot. Kind of the opposite of what you are looking at (Tall, full leather boot), but they have a similar, shorter boot called the Canyon. In this boot I take a 46. When first bought it was snug, but as it is all natural leather, it did stretch. Now, with a set of thermo-moldable soles inside, they fit like a glove. I have ridden down below 0 C, and as high as the mid 30's C and the feet have been comfy. Lots of long days (500Km plus) in them as well. If shorter is a must, look at the Canyon.

Not once have my feet got wet, and I live and ride in Vancouver, BC, which is not one of the driest cities in the world. In a nutshell, you'd be well serviced by either Alpinestars or Sidi.
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post #10 of 22 Old 04-03-2010, 02:58 PM
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Hey Jim,

I wear Tourmaster Response S/C boots for commuting and warm weather in size 12. They are low cut, lace-up with a protective flap with ankle armor. They are real comfortable and I think I picked them up for a bit under $100
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