Just got my pair of Dan Post Teju Lizard Cowboy boots earlier this evening and have been wearing them all night. Howevers, I went out into the garage and sat on my scg to see what it would be like riding with cowboy boots. Heres what they look like.
I like them how the heel kind of rests on the foot peg but my main concern is being able to shift properly. That pointy toe doesn't give me a whole lot of room to play with when shifting. Same goes for the rear brake lever.
I can see how people would laugh, an Englishman wearing cowboy boots? Wtf? But I dig the weird looks I get. Not to mention they're comfortable as hell, I heard that they become even more comfortable when broken in, and being Teju lizard skin, they're somewhat water resistant. Anyways, what I'd like to know is if I should prepare my Will before I go riding with them or not. I can ride in my climbing boots just fine but there is also more toe to press the brake lever or shift with.
Mind you, this is for regular riding. I have actual boots for racing but off of a bike they don't perform all that well.
Already thought of that, I got a Boot Mate? I think that's what it's called. It's a little thing I can strap on my shifter boot so the sihfter rubs against it and not the boot. I have a bunch of rubber shifter boots I bought for my RSV4. It's peg always f*cked up my shoes I bought these things that slip over the shifter to protect shoes.
(Message edited by x5thxgearxfreak on January 24, 2010)
I wear my shit kickers all the time riding. They're armadillo hide so it's probably tougher than lizard. They're also beat to hell which is why I wear them, it does take practice to shift though. Ride around the block a couple times with them on, if it feels weird then finish your Will. If not, then wear 'em. But then again, why ruin 300$ boots?
Shoot - my Redwing boots cost almost that much and they are made for the job of riding and walking - more of a Dingo style though - they are a tough boot - I've been tearing at one set for close to 3 years now - still looks ok - the only care being a quick polish job when they start looking grungy. EZ
Cowboy boots can make nice riding boots if you have the right kind. These will get ruined quickly using them for riding. And don't believe that the lizard is all that water resistant, it isn't. This type of skin stretches very little. Exposure to water will start drying it out quickly, and then it will start cracking. You need to get a good lizard skin cream to keep these boots nice. And the leather soles are all wrong for riding.
For riding get cowboy boots made of bull hide, with a rubber sole, and a smaller heel. And you can get these with a less pointy toe very easily as well.
I saw a chick pull up to a local biker hangout on a Sportster. She was wearing boots with very high spiked heels. A very cool entrance until she got her heel hooked on the footpeg and fell over. Once it was clear she wasn't hurt I decided it was pretty funny.
If those have a leather sole you don't want to stop at an intersection, they'll slide in all the goop that's on the road. I had my old mexican python ca'boy boots resoled with some rubber traction and I'll wear them if I'm going out to a restaurant, but the Air 2's are for real riding, and I don't have to wear socks when it's 100 degrees.
I used to ride with a pair of cowboy 'dingo' boots. At least they are of the steel toe variety. In a get off at Home Coming in '07 I found the unpadded single layer leather did not do much for protecting my ankles. I ended up spraining both of them.
When I got back from that trip I bought a pair of HD riding boots. Very similar style as the old ones. They have the rubber sole and reinforced padding up the length of the leg.
A motorcycle boot provides protection to the foot (steel shank insole), heel (heel box), toes (metatarsal- flexion limiting, shift pad, sliders), ankle (padded and torsion limiting), and shins (padded). It also has a non-slip sole designed for grip and use with pegs, and the entire boot is abrasion-resistant. If you are interested in protecting yourself on a motorcycle, you should consider a motorcycle boot- anything less is, well... less.