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Recommendation on boots?

Any of you guys have any recommendation on some good riding boots. Looking for something that will protect my ankles, and be as comfortable as possible, however not spending a ton. Trying to stay around $100 if possible. I check out
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To be perfectly honest, I have never had a pair of riding boots/shoes before so I don't know what exactly to look for. I know I don't want anything really tall. I found some closeouts on alpinestars at revzilla, but some reviews said they didn't offer anymore protection than a hightop gym shoe.

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Which Alpinestars? Alot of racers use Alpinestars without a problem. No idea about their "street" shoes.

For the street I ride with 6" work/hiking boots (catepillars). They also are my normal everyday shoes also.

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I was looking at any of these, at first, but open to anything!
http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/a...shoes-closeout

http://www.revzilla.com/product/alpi...e-riding-shoes

http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/a...blacktop-shoes

And I don't track, just a street rider. Pumas look nice, but a little more than I want to spend for now.



Edit: this looks good
http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/t...f-street-boots

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Let me be the first to say, get a full height boots in whatever brand you decide on, but consider saving a little more and getting a pair of sidis. The strada and fusion models are great for the street and if you call Ken at CP or STG, you can be assured that you will pay less then msrp.

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imho none of the alpinestars you showed will protect the ankle NO better than a hightop gymshoe...

protecting the ankle isnt as much about abrasion as it is protection from rolling it sideways

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Used Joe Rocket boots I bought here for $75 saved my legs from snapping like a twig during a massive street crash years ago. I will never ride without a good full size boot. I have Sidi, and they are comfortable and perfect for riding. You want a boot to slide on asphalt, not grab like a regular boot will.

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Coming from a seasoned rider perspective, other than good dirt boots I've always relied on high quality engineer boots or Dingo boots when street riding. Red Wings are the best. A tad pricey but the quality is evident. I am currently sporting a pair of Red Wing Dingos that I had modified at my local shoe shop with a zipper up the inside to make them easier to get on & off.
Last fall K-Mart had Die Hard branded engineer boots on sale for WELL below $100 dollars and I bought a pair but have yet to wear them. They were good quality for the price even compared to Red Wings.
So there are a few options that have served riders since before I started riding over 40 years ago. (I can't believe I just said that!...over 40 years ago?!?!)

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I've been happy with my Dainese Shift boots I got at the D-Store in Schaumberg. I think they cost me ~130
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To be perfectly honest, I have never had a pair of riding boots/shoes before so I don't know what exactly to look for. I know I don't want anything really tall.
i thought the same thing until i got my first pair of sidi's last year. you'll change your mind. they are nice.

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i picked up a pair or the tourmaster solution 2.0 boots at the mcy show for 90.

as soon as i tried them on, i was impressed. virtually no break in time and good traction when you put your feet down. very comfortable to walk in and they are WATERPROOF!

mcy superstore has them for 107.00 with free shipping....DEAL

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The most comfortable riding boots I've ever tried were the BMW All Around. I think they were a little over $100 (on sale), and they were comfortable enough to wear to work all day, and ride all night.

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I have a pair of Sidi Dohas which I picked up from Ken at Chicago Performace. I'm happy with em.
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I've been happy with my Dainese Shift boots I got at the D-Store in Schaumberg. I think they cost me ~130
I went there and the cheapest thing they had was $160 on closeout. Also had nothing in stock in my size in any boot I wanted.

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I have a pair of Sidi Dohas which I picked up from Ken at Chicago Performace. I'm happy with em.
That's a little more than I want to spend

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-VEGA-MOT...ht_6430wt_1192
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no experience just oppinion based on visual, that those would only be a small step above your previous stuff in terms of ankle protection

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i picked up a pair or the tourmaster solution 2.0 boots at the mcy show for 90.

as soon as i tried them on, i was impressed. virtually no break in time and good traction when you put your feet down. very comfortable to walk in and they are WATERPROOF!

mcy superstore has them for 107.00 with free shipping....DEAL
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I have these ant they are great. Comfortable to ride in or walk in and totally waterproof. Not what I wear at the track, but fine for street.

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keep in mind with which ever that you get that anythign waterproof isnt, except once water gets in there. it also does not breathe well in general

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Bottom line for boots is that they should slide on asphalt (just as Dave13 said) and most importantly be comfortable, especially on the pegs. I've had great luck with my A* SMX-4 and I got them on closeout. Might still be able to find those real cheap on eBay etc. My other riding friends loves Sidi. Just like sex, if it feels good, do it.

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What about the tour master response? how is the venting in the tour master solution? Doesn't look like it has any vents.
Sorry I'm a US size 10. So maybe a 44?

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The SMX-4 I have are vented. I'm a EUR46. Love those boots. I have an extra pair of Red/Black ones I could part with.

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I need something I can wear all day at work also.

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what kind of work

also a backpack with shoes in it an option?

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Lately sitting on my ass haha. I work in a data center. My bike has shit for storage, my shoes won't fit in my tank bag, and my backpack has a laptop and work crap. It's a brenthaven (sp?) so it's all protection for the laptop and crap for storage?

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That's a little more than I want to spend
Did you call Chicago Performance and get a price or only look online? CP beat any price online for me for both pairs of boots I got from him.
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Didn't look, just looking at the popular online places.

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I had a pair of alpinestars smx plus boots. They were super comfortable.

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