Boots see the tarmac day in and day out with hardly ever an issue until something goes really wrong. When the tragedy happens, one is left trying to find a replacement and rather quickly. We here at Baggers have been through this experience and in the process of trying to find just the right boot, we invited the world's best boot makers to send us their cream of the crop. In this buyer's guide, we have work boots, biker boots, and some really cool looking non-category boots that we think you will like no matter what style you prefer.
Combat, Cross, Deviant, and Dragon Boots
All the Affliction boots are based on the same dependable chassis that feature a leather upper and an 8-inch height. The bottoms of the boots feature a heavy rubber sole with 1-inch heel together with custom metal fleur. The major differences in the styles are the logos, inlays, and heel detailing.
Ridge Waterproof Black
Famous for road racing and motocross boots, Alpinestars spares no expense in constructing this waterproof cruiser boot that does a tremendous job rain or shine. A great boot for on the open road and in the city, the Ridge also features a specially formulated sole for grip on and off the bike.
A true biker boot that is constructed out of an oiled full-grain leather upper with full- length zipper and a waterproof membrane. The left boot also features a bullhide leather shift guard. The sole is made from Ariat's Duratread compound and has metal mount peg rests that allow the boots to hang comfortably on highway pegs.
A cool looking and comfortable square-toe pull-on boot with an 11-inch height, the Rambler has a full-grain leather foot and shaft with a double-stitch welt and Ariat's Duratread outsole for toughness on or off the bike.
The quintessential bike boot, the Classic is waterproof and guaranteed to keep your feet dry. The upper is constructed from top grain leather with expandable gussets and chrome plated buckles. The rider-designed sole will let you ride and walk comfortably for miles.
This tough steel-toe Wellington-style workboot has an industrial quality 10-inch upper with an abrasion-proof nylon lining and removable orthotic insole. The sole of the boot is constructed with a Goodyear Storm Welt and is ANSI 75 Steel Toe/Electrical Hazard certified.
A no-nonsense steel-toed slip-on boot, the WD9910 is great for the price and features a real leather upper and triple-stitched straps. The sole is not too aggressive, yet very grippy and features shock and oil resistance.
Trader Moc Toe
The Trader is a trendy looking moc toe workboot with a full-grain leather upper with a six-eyelet lacing system. This casual 6-inch boot can withstand days in the saddle at a time due to its cushioned insole and slip-resistant rubber outsole.
With the rising popularity of crepe-soled workboots for riding, we found this to be a great boot to work all day and ride all night in. The 6-inch high, oiled leather upper with a durable Christy wedge outsole also comes with a removable orthotic insole.
11-inch Harness Boot
This classic 11-inch high square toe harness boot does a great job both cruising the highways and walking the streets. This boot also features a leather upper and an ankle strap with metal stud detail, a cushioned insole and a tough oil-resistant outsole.
8G Logger Boot
We loved this tough-as-nails made in the USA logger boot, which has a Vibram lug sole with stacked leather heel for extraordinary traction. Other features include a greasy leather upper with rounded toe, cushioned shock-absorbing memory insoles, back pull strap, and durable Goodyear welt construction.
Intrepid Short Engineer
The Intrepid is a basic black short engineer-style boot with a full-grain leather upper adorned with H-D embossing as well as an easy in and out zippered enclosure. The outsole is a rubber-, abrasion-, and oil-resisting plug-style sole with welted construction.
12R Belted Harness
With over 100 years in business, Frye builds a refined, yet ready for anything 12-inch tall harness boot that is constructed from unlined top grain leather with tough pull straps and antique brass hardware. To keep your feet firmly on the ground, a neoprene oil-resistant sole with a 2-inch heel does the job.
8R Harness Boot
A shorter harness boot with more of a flair for fashion, the 8-inch harness boot sports the same O-ring, straps, and studs that the 12R has. Other creature comforts include cushioned shock-absorbing memory insoles and durable Goodyear welt construction.
Liberate Shock Absorber
The H-D Liberate boot looks like a tactical boot and features a combination full grain leather and mesh upper with a handy inside zipper. The sole is a lightweight and flexible polyurethane midsole with rubber construction. We liked the feel of these boots mostly due to the ShockAbsorber twin pad comfort technology Harley employs on it.
Release Shock Absorber
The Release is a full grain Wellington-style leather upper with a mesh lining and removable, dual-density polyurethane footbed. To comfortably rack up the miles while wearing these boots, H-D uses a PVC solid sole with its ShockAbsorber technology.
Super Duty 3
The third-generation Superduty street boot features a premium-grade leather with upper internal ankle protection and a midfoot stabilizer strap with an aluminum buckle. Though this boot is not for every rider, it looks good and rides great.
Black Tec-Tuff WK4845
Since 1879 Justin has been making quality boots and the Tec-Tuff series is no different. Using an ber durable Work Tec rubber material on the upper, this pull-on boot is waterproof, steel toed, and both OSHA and ASTM Int'l approved.
The only true Cowboy-style boot in the guide, the Bandera looks great while riding your iron horse, but has all the technical attributes you would expect in a H-D riding boot. It features a full-grain leather upper with full cushion sock lining and an oil-and slip-resistant sole.
Looking more like an Air Jordan than a biker boot, the Accelerant redeems itself with a 100 percent waterproof design that can be walked in with all-day comfort due to the ultra-comfortable midsole and full steel shank for support. It's also one of the lightest boots in the review.
One of our rider's favorites was the 6-inch Lace-R wedge-soled work boots. Both durable and comfortable, this all-leather upper clad boot has an 18g steel toe. Positive floorboard contact was found with the Lace-R's light traction, non-marking wedge soles that feature goodyear welts.
Red Wing **
Redwing has been supplying the working masses with boots since 1908, so its motorcycle boots fit the bill to a tee. The 988 has the classic engineer look while the full-grain, water-resistant black upper leather and Laramie Vibram TC-4/344 with Chemigum-heeled sole keeps constant contact with the bike and terra firma under all conditions.
Vintage Road Boot
The name says it all! The Vintage is an affordable boot constructed out of water resistant leather with a lowered and reinforced toe box for improved shifting. The boot interior is lined with soft pigskin leather with an easy entrance stretch gusset and has chunky oil-resistant, anti-slip rubber sole.
Stivali Canyon Gore-Tex
This Italian-made wonder boot bridges the gap between cruiser and street boots. Constructed of leather that is water and oil repellent with an inner liner of Gore-Tex, this waterproof boot has an ingenious Velcro flap system above the ankle and adjustable strap system for easy entry and fine tuning of fit.
At first look the Response SC was not our cup of tea, but due to the construction, and comfort it proved its worth as a fully-functional motorcycle boot. The boot can easily be worn all day in any type of weather thanks to the durable waterproof leather upper with waterproof King Tex internal membrane.
Stivali On Road Gore-Tex
A taller cruiser boot than the Canyon, the On Road has leather construction, a Gore-Tex membrane with a full length inner gaiter as well as a rigid nylon innersole with removable arch support and padded shin plate. These boots are expensive, but worth every penny.
Do you have the need for a custom built boot? All you have to do is give Wesco some dimensions and the company will build you the boot of your dreams using full-grain leather, a non-corrosive steel shank, OrthoLite Drilex comfort foam?inserts, and Vibram soles.