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post #1 of 51 (permalink) Old 06-04-2019, 04:17 AM Thread Starter
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Just wondering what others wear when riding? Be it local, or touring across the country. Tell me what you wear, and what are so good about them?
I'm looking for ideas, because I'm on the hunt for a new pair of riding boots, as mine are worn out. For the last 5 years, or so, I've just been wearing a pair of riding shoes, which are not much more than glorified basketball boots. Comfortable as heck, but not a lot of protection in a crash, and not very waterproof. Before that, I used to just wear, elastic sided work boots, which were neither comfortable, or very weather proof.

I'm looking for something, which ideally fills all 3 of those criteria ( i.e. comfort, crash protection, and weather protection). I don't like johnny reb style, or anything for that matter, with buckles, rings or straps, and a side zip would be great, but not absolutely necessary. You seem to have more options over there in the USA, than we do here down under, with oodles of kinds of hunting boots, western boots, and others readily available that we don't. I'm happy to have a pair shipped to Oz if I find the right pair. Thanks.
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I have a pair of the HD Lynx boots. Comfortable, waterproof, plain. Went down in them once and they stood up like a champ, just needed some shoe polish wax to make them look good as new. HD doesn't sell them on the website anymore, but here's a link to them on Amazon.




I'll probably pick up a new pair of boots in a year or so. Might go with some MIL-Spec Jump Boots if I can find some for a decent price. Miss not having access to a PX/clothing sales close by anymore....
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Ironically, I'm looking at new boots myself right now, but I'll be sticking with the standard Logging Boot style that I usually get. The 2" heel and thick ass sole help me get a good foot plant at stop lights and whatever with my Jockey sized stance, lol. I bought a pair from HD last time but had to get all of the Speed Rings replaced on them at a boot repair shop after 3 of them had broken off. I'm leaning towards Timberland or Chippewa this time in hopes of a longer wear life. Always boots though........ never sneakers, flip-flops, or shoes for me.



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I wear black Timberland work boots. The only issue is that i can't get them under the toe shifter to up shift, so i have to use the heel shifter. A lot of people wont agree with sneakers, but i usually ride with all black high top Vans which are very comfortable.
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The only issue is that i can't get them under the toe shifter to up shift, so i have to use the heel shifter.
Why don't you just adjust your toe shifter height? Either by changing where the splines on your shifter shaft mesh or most shifter linkage rods have adjustable rod ends on them.
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Why don't you just adjust your toe shifter height? Either by changing where the splines on your shifter shaft mesh or most shifter linkage rods have adjustable rod ends on them.
I was thinking about adjusting the shift linkage, but just used the heel shifter. My sneakers get under there fine, so i didn't care much.

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I just wear my work boots. Red Wing steel toes. None of that imitation Chinese "composite toe" crap either.

They're comfortable enough to work in all day, they're comfortable enough to ride in.
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I just wear my work boots. Red Wing steel toes. None of that imitation Chinese "composite toe" crap either.

They're comfortable enough to work in all day, they're comfortable enough to ride in.
Although I wear Harley boots on the bike (specifically the now discontinued "Thurmond" style), I would second Red Wings. Great boots, used them a lot when I was doing labor jobs.

The great thing about Red Wings, is that their fitment is spot on and they've got a boot that can match any criteria you have.

Like, I have a wide foot (EEE, which does often swell to as much as almost a EEEE). Standard shoe width for men is a D. Most boots that actually make what they call a wide, is usually just an E. Red Wing actually makes multiple widths. Another issue with other boots is that they assume, if you wear a wide, that you're also fat and so, they often don't fit at the ankle right or you gotta pull the laces super tight and look like a dork. Red Wings don't make that assumption, so if you have a wide foot but you're also average size or skinny (like me), they'll fit perfect.

Red Wings are work boots, and you can get oil/slip resistance, waterproof, electrical, steel toe, etc. They're super comfortable and last forever. I have a pair of their "Irish Setters" and have stood ankle deep in water and come up bone dry despite one of them having a hole in the outside toe part (the hole is just on the outer layer).

I've never worn a more comfortable and better fitting boot than a pair of Red Wings.

That's actually probably what I will get next when I wear out these boots.

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+1 on the Red Wing Boots . . . made in the great State of Minnesota - Red Wing, Minnesota.

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The store in Red Wing, Minnesota has a giant work boot in their main lobby area. Cool town to visit if you're ever in Minnesota - right along the Mississippi River and a beautiful ride on both the Minnesota and Wisconsin side of the Mississippi too.
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Wait, what the hell? Red Wing used to have an online store, what happened to it? The nearest store to me is 6 hours (round-trip) away. I don't want to go all the way up there for them to not have what I want and have to order it if they won't ship to my house.
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