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post #1 of 17 Old 08-24-2009, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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Shoes/boots?

So I'm taking the MSF course in a few weeks, and cannot wait to get on a strom afterwards (thinking about the 650 abs). Part of the requirement of the class is to have boots that protect the ankles. I went to the local bike dealer too see what kind of riding boots they have. I saw a pair of Alpine Star boots that I liked, but the size 13 was too tight (length was fine, but they just crowded my feet), and apparently do not make a size 14, or 13w. So I started wondering what everyone else wears while riding. Should I get designated riding boots? Just get something to get through the class and wear regular shoes? I'm new to the whole riding thing, and will be on here a lot asking questions.
BTW, if anyone within some kind of reasonable distance from me has a strom in silver, gray, or black that is thinking about selling, please let me know. (I saw the one for sale in San Diego, but just don't think I could deal with red...)
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Purpose-made boots typically have pads or thick leather on top of the toes where the shifter hits, and they also seldom have laces. Laces tend to get caught on foot pegs, shifters, and brake levers at inconvenient times. I wear "Combat Boots" when I ride to work simply because they are comfortable, but I keep the laces where they won't cause problems. I also have some Alpine Stars Web Goretex boots and some Sidi M2 boots. They provide better protection but at the cost of being rather stiff to walk in.

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So should I expect riding boots to be a little bit cramped then?
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Find some comfortable footwear that protects your ankles. You have to be able to walk after you get to yoru destination.

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I wear Timberland work boots in "black" to match the rest of my gear. I tuck in the laces to keep them from getting into things. While they are not "official" riding boots, its alot better then the sneakers and flip flops I see other people riding in. Though they cost about the same as motorcycle boots, these are nice in that I can wear them around any other day when I'm not riding.

Don't get boots that cramp you, but that fit nicely. You don't want your feet hurting you while you are riding.

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Sounds like you take a 13 wide?

There are only three wide boots that I know of and I've looked.

Daytona RoadStar GTX about $400
Sidi Vertigo Mega about $400
Sidi Mega Way about $225

I have the Daytonas and they're superb: comfortable and have CE-approved armor. Crashed in them and walked away - that's good.



If your budget doesn't accommodate those, police "duty" boots are available that are waterproof and come in a wide range of sizes starting at less than $100.

Prior to having motorcycle boots I wore Danner Fort Lewis boots, for as one wag said "You can take the man out of the infantry but you can't take the infantry out of the man." But they leak after riding 30+ minutes in driving rain - maybe not an issue where you live.

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Don't expect tight boots to stretch or mold to your feet. All-leather boots might, but M/C boots are mostly man-made materials, and won't stretch much.

For most of my 40 years of riding I used leather hi-top basketball shoes or work boots. I had to learn the hard way about laces hanging up in the pegs/shifter, but in all those years it only happened a couple of times.

Currently I wear military desert boots (tan combat boots) only because they are so comfortable--they are not waterproof in the slightest. I would love to have comfortable M/C boots, but as yet I have never found any at any price. My feet are 14EW and I just don't see any out there. And after several significant pile-ups I haven't had a foot injury.

Use common sense--it will take you a long way. Its preferable to use a specifically designed boot, but if you use something else it won't kill you.
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I wear Altama police combat boots, and have been very happy with them both for comfort and protection. The style I have retails for about $140, but I have seen them and similar on clearance from places like lapolicegear.com for much less. They aren't waterproof, but a good spritz with waterproofing spray makes them stay dry in a light rain. As noted by others, watch the laces. I always make sure mine are tucked into the top of my boots or zipped securely under my riding armor pants.

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So I'm taking the MSF course in a few weeks, and cannot wait to get on a strom afterwards (thinking about the 650 abs). Part of the requirement of the class is to have boots that protect the ankles. I went to the local bike dealer too see what kind of riding boots they have. I saw a pair of Alpine Star boots that I liked, but the size 13 was too tight (length was fine, but they just crowded my feet), and apparently do not make a size 14, or 13w. So I started wondering what everyone else wears while riding. Should I get designated riding boots? Just get something to get through the class and wear regular shoes? I'm new to the whole riding thing, and will be on here a lot asking questions.
BTW, if anyone within some kind of reasonable distance from me has a strom in silver, gray, or black that is thinking about selling, please let me know. (I saw the one for sale in San Diego, but just don't think I could deal with red...)
My recommendation, for what it’s worth:
For the MSF course you can get by with blue jeans, sunglasses, light gloves, light jacket, and a pair of boots that you already own. Only buy motorcycle gear after you have really done your research and thought about what you will use on a regular basis. The gear, luggage, tools, etc. get to be expensive.
I do recommend good boots for when you get out on the road. They are the only safety equipment that I have "used" so far.

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MSF vs. Real Life

In the MSF course, you're not gonna have the bike over 20 mph. Even then, the times people drop the bikes, they're generally near a complete stop. So when the MSF says to wear long pants, long sleeved shirt, gloves and boots to cover your ankle, it's really only a token gesture and could perhaps prevent you from getting sunburn or a scratch if you hit the ground at 2 mph.

Riding on the streets is different though. You've got people coming at you, cutting you off, you're negotiating corners at much higher speeds with the risk of a sandy apex... it is not a controlled environment, and your chances of crashing at high speed are good. That being said, I would just wear what you've got for the course as long as it meets their "covers the ankles" standard. After that, get yourself some good riding boots. This is not an item on which to short yourself. The #1 most common type of injuries in motorcycle accidents are those to the ankles (see the Hurt report). As nice as combat boots are to ride in, and a sturdy as they feel, they will not keep a 400lb+ motorcycle from snapping your tibia and fibula like a KitKat bar when the time comes.

Okay... I'm preaching, sorry. It's an occupational hazard when you make your living x-raying the unlucky/unprepared guys in an ER. Either way, good luck finding your size. It looks like you're approaching everything very responsibly and I applaud you for that.

Here's a few threads with some good boot info:
https://www.stromtrooper.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=19754
https://www.stromtrooper.com/showthread.php?t=41491
https://www.stromtrooper.com/showthread.php?t=37887

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