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Old 05-13-2011, 06:57 PM   #1
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Default Asking opinion about footwear for a newbie..

I finally decided to go back to riding again after 4 years. I rode a CBR600 for years, but a skiing accident messed up my wrist. But really missed riding, so I recently acquired a '99 Intruder 1400.

I am not much into that 'Harley' 'Cruising' look, so leather boots is not in my plans.

Any recommendation as to what footwear people who ride this kind of bike prefer using ?

Been thinking about just using my leather hiking boots with I like the rubber sole on it.

Any recommendations will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

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Old 05-13-2011, 09:33 PM   #2
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Thanks for reminding me about shoe laces. That happened to me riding my road bike. Got to an intersection, laces got caught up in the chain .... boom fell down. Had to carry the bike to the side while laces were still tangled in the chain ..... embarassing.
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Old 05-14-2011, 06:36 AM   #3
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Red Wind makes a riding boot. Just sayin....
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Old 05-14-2011, 07:14 AM   #4
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Red Wind makes a riding boot. Just sayin....
As do lots of other companies.......in lots of different styles.

I would not recommend anything with laces for the reason already discussed and the fact that they take on water a LOT faster than a good boot.

I'm not into the poser look either but you don't need to be paranoid about it.
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Old 05-14-2011, 07:43 AM   #5
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I have a pair of Shift Fuel street shoes. They're laced, but you can tuck the laces under the velcro strap. They're comfortable to walk in, too. However, they take a little time to put on.

Shift Racing Fuel Street Shoes - Street Bike - Motorcycle Superstore

I also just bought a pair of Speed and Strength Moment of Truth shoes (I didn't make up that name .. ) They have a velcro strap and a buckle, and I bought them specifically because they do not have laces. Quick to put on and take off. They're also sturdier than the Shift Fuels.

Speed and Strength Moment of Truth Shoe - Street Bike - Motorcycle Superstore

Both sets of shoes have their good points. I'm also planning on getting a pair of Shift Kickers.
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Old 05-14-2011, 07:44 AM   #6
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Icon makes a boot that looks very similar to a workboot. I think it's called the field armor chukka boots.
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Old 05-14-2011, 07:54 AM   #7
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I have a pair of Shift Fuel street shoes. They're laced, but you can tuck the laces under the velcro strap. They're comfortable to walk in, too. However, they take a little time to put on.

Shift Racing Fuel Street Shoes - Street Bike - Motorcycle Superstore

Both sets of shoes have their good points. I'm also planning on getting a pair of Shift Kickers.
+1 on the fuel street shoes. Barely notice them on your feet while walking, comfortable on a bike, very discreet when it comes to looking like regular shoes.

Pick them up before they disappear as shift is no more so there are closeouts on all the gear.
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Old 05-14-2011, 08:58 AM   #8
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I have usually worn hiking boots but have in recent years gone through a couple pairs of "real" riding boots. I find "real" boots have softer rubber soles & do not hold up well for anything but riding. I know I expect a lot from them but they aren't comfortable for walking, etc & wear out too quick.
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I have some Frye boots, similar to these:

Frye Dakota Mid Lace Black - Zappos.com Free Shipping BOTH Ways

They're reasonably comfortable for riding and walking around town. They're not too great in the waterproof department, though.
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