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Help: Women's Boots

I think I need to get new boots cuz my big toe has been asleep since last Sunday at Putnam...

I'm looking for decent priced women's boots that offer good protection and comfort and are made for small sizes (6-6.5). I'd also really like to try them on before buying, so if you have any suggestions as to where I can get them (in the city or near the northwest suburbs), that'd be great.

I'm throwing this out in an open forum in case any guys can contribute, as well. Thanks for your help!

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Chicago Cycle Center in the city probably has a bigger selection of gear than just about anywhere else but I dunno about small sized boots. If you can't find them locally, you can always order from New Enough and return it if it doesn't fit.

At any rate, get the most protective boots you can afford. It's a critical piece of gear and you can't put a price on avoiding ankle injuries. I like the Sidi Vertigo Corsas and lots of racers seem to like them too. Alpinestars SMX Plus seems pretty popular too.

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G2G has awsome boots. forgot what they are. but i'm definately getting them,, cause they can be adjusted to hug your feet perfectly. pm him
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+1 on the Astars SMX boots. I have the SMX-R but they are decent. Snug, comfortable, and good protection.

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+1 on the SMX.

I have crash tested mine a few time sand they have held up.
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cool, thanks everyone, i'll check it out over the next few days when i have some free time!

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Hey Tina, Rhiannon has a pair of the A*s for sale. They are a Euro 36, which is supposed to be a US women's 6, but if your feet are a bit wide, they may not fit. She wore them once. let me know if you're interested.

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Chicago Cycle Center in the city probably has a bigger selection of gear than just about anywhere else but I dunno about small sized boots. If you can't find them locally, you can always order from New Enough and return it if it doesn't fit.

At any rate, get the most protective boots you can afford. It's a critical piece of gear and you can't put a price on avoiding ankle injuries. I like the Sidi Vertigo Corsas and lots of racers seem to like them too. Alpinestars SMX Plus seems pretty popular too.
CCC didn't have crap for womens boots. Peanut and I stopped in there because she wanted to *try* boots before buying them...the only local store that we could find that didn't give us the "we can order them" routine, was TAG Sport off of Rout 38. They carry RevIt and BMW, both of which are expensive, but fantastic boots. Peanut wound up with some BMW boots for about $110 (lace up so they could fit her narrow feet), and I went with some BMW "AllAround" boots to fit my wide feet.

Your other option is to buy online from a store that will not give you crap if the size is wrong. There are several good ones such as KneeDraggers.com and NewEnough.com

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I'm planning on Sidi Vertigos to (hopefully) prevent another one of these!

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G2G has awsome boots. forgot what they are. but i'm definately getting them,, cause they can be adjusted to hug your feet perfectly. pm him
G2G wears womens boots?

strictly a comfort thing right?

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That looks like something broke, yes?
Yes. 5 months in a cast and two screws in my foot. I think the Sidi's have better ankle suport so I'm thinking of getting some as soon as I can afford them.

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Oxtar TCS Evos offer great protection from hyperflexing or twisting your foot or ankle in evety plane. They are pretty decently priced and very comfortable...I love mine.

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Already a member of way too many forurms... but I had to come out of lurking and respond for two reasons: 1. Love my A* SMX boots. Super comfy. I have slightly wide, flat feet... and 2. because I was super chuffed to see my article in your signature. Glad you liked it

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I'm planning on Sidi Vertigos to (hopefully) prevent another one of these!
Oh man that's had to hurt! What boots were you wearing there when that happened? That way everyone will know which boots NOT to get!

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I've crash test the heck out of the Vertigo Corsas, and never any sort of foot or ankle injury. That said, I'm currently testing the A* Supertechs. VERY comfy, but kinda hard to get a snug fit. The booty in plastic/leather shell design seems to work well for comfort and making the exterior of the boot as clean as possible. The Sidi's have an external exoskeleton framework that would get caught on my rearsets occasionally. The A* have yet to do that. The ventilation is about as good as the standard Vertigos, but nowhere near the perforated Vertigo Air models. I haven't crash tested them yet, and I'm hoping I won't but the construction of the boot is such that I have faith they'll be as good or better than the Sidis. Also, I've been told the A* customer service is nothing short of exemplary. Beaz was telling me how he managed to melt one of his and A* took good care of him and got it replaced, no charge, no hassle either.

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Already a member of way too many forurms... but I had to come out of lurking and respond for two reasons: 1. Love my A* SMX boots. Super comfy. I have slightly wide, flat feet... and 2. because I was super chuffed to see my article in your signature. Glad you liked it
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Already a member of way too many forurms... but I had to come out of lurking and respond for two reasons: 1. Love my A* SMX boots. Super comfy. I have slightly wide, flat feet... and 2. because I was super chuffed to see my article in your signature. Glad you liked it
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I LOVED your article!
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Seriously? That's super cool. When the articles are put up, even with the forum there's really not much direct response back to the writers so it's awesomeness to know that people actually dig the stuff, and it's not just farting in the wind.

Back on topic, the ankle support is good on the A*s, but not perfect. A guy busted up an ankle pretty good at the BHF CCS race a couple weeks ago in some A* boots - but then there are some crashes where the boot wouldn't matter, something's gonna break. I've also heard other complaints on the Sidi's that the external supports get caught up on stuff. Some black duct tape might help that, but it's a sad thing to cover up brand new pretty boots with tape.

I went with them at the time mostly because as a company, they were offering more women specific gear than others, and they were one of the few ladies sport boots around. Only complaint is that I have big fat man-calves, and while there's enough velcro there, when my suit legs are tucked in, I'm close to running out of room to close them.

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I have the Sidi Vertebras, and 4 years or so and 1 crash later, they have held up well.

I also have a pair of Sidi Canyon Sympatex boots that I bought this year for street, wet, cold, dirty riding (if I ever get a dirty bike).

I am also currently awaiting the arrival of a shiny new pair of Sidi Vertigos. I figure if upgrading to a better boot saves me one injury, it's money well spent. Yes, I do justify my purchases of expensive italian leather shoes. (all of my other shoes are CHEAP!)

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That picture is exactly whi I wear the Oxtar Evo TCS's. Not all motorcycle boots are created equal. If you're going to spend the money, you may as well get a pair that are designed to protect against more than just road rash.

The TCS stands for "Torsion Control System", an Oxtar-patented design that helps to limit the amount of flex that the ankle can sustain in both the longitudinal (front-to-back) and lateral (side-to-side) planes. TCS has been cleverly designed to also act as a sort of exoskeleton, like a crab's shell, around the back of the ankle.

This effectively provides additional mechanical support and extra protection against abrasion, due to the added reinforcement built in to the TCS structure itself.

Oxtar's all-out race boot, the TCS Evo Ti, also adds the "Metatarsal Control System", or MCS, to the sole. The metatarsal area is the forefoot, or basically the area from the ankle forward. The MCS system prevents the sole of the boot from flexing too much in either the longitudinal or lateral planes. Grab the toe of the TCS Evo Ti boot and you'll find that it's very hard to flex the sole in any direction

The boots have a variety of other added protective layers on the outside, including shift pads on both the left and right boot; replaceable toe sliders and replaceable shin padding on the upper portion of the boot. The flex areas have accordion-like segments, which provide a comfortable fit.

Oxtar boots are made by Jolly Scarpe S.p.a., whose headquarters are in Montebelluna, Italy. Jolly Scarpe was founded in 1982, and they manufacture boots and shoes for mountain climbing, military, fire fighting and police use.

They also custom manufacture motorcycle boots for Dainese, Hein Gericke, BMW and Triumph. Oxtar boots are constructed on lasts, which is the process used for high-quality street shoes, and usually provides a better fit.

And to stay on topic with the original post, Oxtar also has a line of motorcycle boots designed specifically for women, using special lasts.

By the way, Oxtar boots are used by many of the best motorcycle racers in the world. Riders like AMA star Jake Zemke, World Superbike riders Frankie Chili and Gregorio Lavilla, and MotoGP riders Shinya Nakano, Norick Abe, Neil Hodgson and Ruben Xaus.

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Awesome info. I was wondering why my BMW AllAround looked a lot like some of the Oxtar boots.

Now if you can just tell me how to import the Womens Oxtar Performer SS for Peanut....

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How do the Oxtar's compare to the Sidi's?

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Awesome, thanks everyone - sorry I haven't responded in such a long time! I'm gonna try to get boots before the next NESBA event I can go to (MAM).

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