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Motorcycle Boots Buying Guide
Writer: staff
Date: 20/09/08

Motorcyclist like to wear police patrol boots because of their style, comfort, durability, and how they perform while riding bike.

The first priorities for boots are that they function as designed. A patrol boot is supposed to provide protection to a motorcycle operator, be comfortable for all-day wear, sustain regular hard use, and have a good appearance without requiring a lot of up-keep. They should flex well at the foot and ankle, without the boot shaft where it meets the ankle sagging or bending as to rub from the inside and cause sores. They boots should fit the calf snugly, but not so tightly as to restrict blood circulation. And, the boots should be able to endure the challenges of use while operating a motorcycle in traffic: frequent stops >> foot down>> starts >> foot up and gear-shifting movements.

The boots should be light enough to facilitate quick actions, such as for quick maneuvers on a bike, but heavy enough to withstand the heat, cold, and rain, as well as provide protection from the heat of a motorcycle engine (especially when idling). The sole should provide excellent traction. The overall boot should be comfortable to stand in for hours if necessary, such as when traffic signals are out and an officer has to direct traffic.


Riding Tall boots are either natural leather or synthetic leather. The former is the most popular material for riding tall boots. However, synthetic leather is now also commonly used specially when price come in to act.

Natural Leather: Leather can lasts up to 30 years. Through the years it has already established an attitude and traditional beat. It is also easy to clean and very dureable compared to synthetic leather. However, it is less conspicuous because it is usually dark.

Synthetic Leather: On the other hand, synthetic leather have choice of unformity, color variation and many other which natural leather have not. Usually, they come in bright colors. Also, they are waterproof, longer and lighter. The main drawback is they do not last long.

Find Your Size:

Tall boots for riding should fit properly in the foot, calf, and be of the correct height. Here are some important guide lines which will definitely help you in finding a perfect fit riding tall boots.


Instep: Boot has only the instep to hold it securely to the foot. Hence, proper fit in the instep is of utmost importance. The fit should be snug, not tight or loose.

When you walk or run, you bend your foot at its widest part. This is called the ball. Same with boots. The ball of the foot should rest on the ball of the boot. If the boot is too short, the ball of the foot will sit too far forward and force the toes into the toe box.

A new pair of boots will slip slightly in the heel because there is nothing to prevent the heel of the foot from riding up slightly. When the boot is new, the sole is stiff. As you wear the boot the sole is “flexed”. With time, most of the slippage will disappear.

The ankle must be a bit loose to allow the foot to pass through, but the slimmer the fit, the nicer the look.


Calf width: The calf should fit snugly at its widest point with breeches on – they shouldn’t hurt your leg, but if you can fit your hand inside the tops they’re too big in the calf.

Calf height: To check for correct height, stand with your knees bent to approximately your riding position. The shaft should reach all the way up to the bend in the back of your knee. If the boots are new, they should be at least 1" too tall, to allow for shortening of the shaft as the leather softens and breaks in.
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