Biker boots are not just for bikers
Diehard bikers will be shaking their heads in disbelief as fashion magazines everywhere devote countless pages to the latest fashion must have: the biker boot. Bikers will know that the majority of biker boot wearers have never been anywhere near a motorcycle in their lives.
Traditionally made from thick leather, biker boot production has progressed over the years to include padding and protective metal and plastic components. Essentially, they’re designed to protect the rider’s legs and feet in the event of an accident and provide a wet weather shield.
Biker boots range from above the ankle to knee height, and usually have a low heel to assist bike control. Harness boots are a popular choice and are typically made of heavyweight leather, while their height can vary from between 10 inches up to 38 inches. Harness boots protect the rider from hot exhaust pipes and the heat of the engine block. They generally have leather straps across the ankle and foot, and can also include a metal shank in the heel and a steel toe cap.
Genuine bikers are more likely to head over to serious biker boot makers, TCX.
Boasting a Centre for Research and Development, TCX uses the latest innovations such as a precision air fit system on all their boots. A pump is inserted into the top part of the footwear to allow you to inflate an air chamber positioned in the instep of the boot. A valve in the chamber allows you to deflate the air chamber, making it easier to remove the boot.
For racers, TCX provides a system that combines flexibility and protection. Their racing boots feature a triple-injection polyurethane body and heel. The design structure aims to give the rider a lightweight boot that will adhere to the bike without getting caught on anything. It aims to provide a perfect balance of suppleness and functionality.
For off-road users, a different system is employed with three rigid elements joined together by lugs that slide inside special pockets. Motion is ensured by two rear flexion points while sideways movement is based on two points that stop excessive torsion beyond natural limits. This unique system protects the foot from injury, but still allows for normal movement of the joints. It also manages to avoid the usual warping of materials that you find occurs with traditionally made footwear.
With all the focus on design and durability, the biker boot still manages to look good. You can’t get away from the fact that they retain an air of cool, even when the emphasis is not on fashion.
Couple them with leathers and jeans and you have the original biker look. In fact, biker boots look great worn with any casual outfit.
Ultimately, it’s where you shop for your boots that makes the difference. High Street chains will offer purely decorative variations of the classic biker boot. Serious bikers will head straight to the specialists for the real thing.
While the right boots can be pricey, you can save money on other motorbike items if you shop around and do your research. You’ll find some great deals on motorbike insurance at Bennetts, leaving you money left over to buy the boots of your dreams.
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