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Old 09-21-2007, 11:18 AM
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Boot Sizes and Brands

This is more of a general question than a Superhawk question, but we seem to be more active than most general sportbikeforums.

I'm looking for a good pair of mid grade boots, but most of them are in European sizing. I normally wear a size 9 which seems to fall in between a 42 and 43. Do other members have any experience with different brands and how the sizes compare to US sizes? Any info is appreciated.

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Old 09-21-2007, 11:20 AM
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I have Sidis and a 38 seems to translate just right to a 6.5 womens, which i believe is a 4.5 in mens.
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Old 09-21-2007, 01:54 PM
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www.newenough.com usually has real world sizing input on their products. Check them out.
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Old 09-21-2007, 01:58 PM
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IIRC www.newenough.com has the size charts for many of the Euro manufacturers in a chart that compares.
Also, at least in the past, they did a real good job of explaining how well each item fit in their item descriptions.

Also, you can find some good leals @ www.motorcyclecloseouts.com
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Old 09-25-2007, 09:22 PM
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Hey Kendrick, are you interested in a pair of Oxtar boots with slightly melted heels,(doesn't affect the structure, just surface), sz 9 for $60?

Here's a review on them for you.

http://www.webbikeworld.com/r2/motorcycle-boots/oxtar/

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Old 09-26-2007, 05:28 AM
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Maybe, what color and how melted?
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Old 09-26-2007, 09:37 AM
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Black and not to bad , I thought I had some pictures but I guess I'll have to take some more and post them up later.
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Old 09-27-2007, 01:02 PM
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Here ya go.
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Old 09-27-2007, 01:30 PM
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Thanks, but I'm looking for something a little less worn. I've got a brand new helmet and an aerostich 1 piece on the way. Need to keep up appearances you know.
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I have several pairs and the best "mid-grade" boot that I have is this one:

http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...ion-Boots.aspx

The ones that are cheaper are not better than your typical hiking boot (soles are too thick) and the more expensive Alpinestars SMX-R are an excellent boot but they're close to $300.
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I was looking at those too. They're made by Sidi I think. How do their sizes run?

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Yeah they're made by SIDI but there's a reason they don't say SIDI on them, if you know what I mean. If you are using these for track use or even hard riding, don't skimp, mine may not look as good as those but they are far supeior in protection. I'm not just saying that to sell mine, I work at CycleGear and we can get all kinds of boots and no offense to anyone that ownes those but they are entry level at best. A friend of mine bought them and as soon as they came in he sent them back. Great for street if that's all they are used for, or even nov. level track at best IMHO.

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Yeah, I would agree with sh22. These are a good street boot and not much more. I wouldn't buy the red ones again. They are just a bit too "colorful" for my taste. My basic requirements for a good motorcycle shoe is toe, heel, and ankle protection. Shin protection is a must and anti-rotation is a Caddy you'll never find in a $130 boot but keep looking.

Be reminded that while everyone talks about the spinal/cranial injuries in bike accidents - the most common serious injuries and the most debilitating are to the hands and the feet. Ever had your feet body- slammed by a 400lb motorcycle? sh22 has. I will never forget the video. Hope you are continuing to improve, Mike!
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With that said, I had been looking at the Alpinestars. Maybe I should just bite the bullet and spend some money on a higher end boot. I'm not planning on track any time soon, but if it's good enough for the track, all the better for commuting.
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I think the SMX-R's are a great boot. I know some hardley riders who were them. They are so comfy - great boot and all the goodies. If I were a rich man I would have more than one pair.
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I'm only looking for one pair, so maybe I'll just go ahead. It's kind of like the helmet thing. I spend alot of money on them with the thought of "How much is your brain worth". I already dropped an ungodly amount on the Areostich. I picked up a AGV ti-tech rossi gothic off ebay for $450. Why stop now?
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If you're going to spend the $ the SMX-R is a good boot for $20 more the SMX + is better and for $359 the SuperTech is the best A* makes. As far as SIDI, the Vertigos are good the Vert. Corsa is thier best and Teknic has the Speedstar as thier top of the line. I love my Corsa's and I've been looking into the Puma 1000 boot but haven't had my hands on them yet. Like I said don't skimp on boots ankles are a bitch to walk on when they are broken!
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Old 09-28-2007, 06:16 AM
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A* Effex size 44 = 9.5 Comfort and protection for street / sport touring and totally water proof - take your fly rod and stand in the stream. http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...Tex-Boots.aspx
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Old 09-28-2007, 07:37 AM
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The more I think about this the more indecisive I become. Although it's more fun looking for boots than actually working. Ahh, Friday at the office. Back to the important issues.

I was just looking at the AGV Sport Laguna Boots. They look quality and come in a yellow that will match my new suit and helmet. Does anyone have any oppinions on these?
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Hey guys and gals

Ok as far as sizing for the sidis go you can go over to this link at and follow the directions as to properly size yourself. You can also look at all of the cool stuff they have on this site and do not forget to scroll to the bottom of the page and check out the clearance section!!

http://www.motonation.com
http://www.motonation.com/bootsizingguide1.doc
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Thanks for the link. I'm going to measure my foot while I'm still at work just for fun. I'll just say it's part of one of my projects.
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I think that most mail order places should have the same kind of tool like this just to cut down on the amount of returns!!

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Old 09-28-2007, 12:53 PM
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Well, I think I've screwed around enough with this. I'm thinking I'll go with the Sidi B2 off newenough in a 43.

Thanks for everyones input.

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Well, I think I've screwed around enough with this. I'm thinking I'll go with the Sidi B2 off newenough in a 43.

Thanks for everyones input.
That's a good boot, it's what my buddy went with. On a side note don't order any SIDI boots that are perforated, they are ALL on backorder for a few months!!
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Old 10-04-2007, 10:52 AM
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Well, I just got my boots this morning. I love having things shipped to work. They look pretty good. They are definitely not race boots, but that's not what I'm using them for anyway. They fit very well, and don't even squeak when I walk. They look to be fairly good protection and are more comfortable than I thought they would be. Right now I have to settle for wearing them around the office so I can't say much more. I'm leaving from here to go out of town so I won't be able to wear them on the bike until Monday. Anyway, I'm pretty happy with my choice so far.

Thanks for everyone's input.

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