Alpinestars Vika WP Women's Boot
New boots for a new rider
I'll preface this with the fact that these are my very first pair of motorcycle boots so, I don't have much to compare to. I was looking for solid leather boot with a decent amount of protection and yet something stylish that would blend in an office environment and wasn't screaming "LOOK AT MAH BOOTS". I poured over many pair of boots and read many reviews and kept coming back to look at these.
I've had them about 2-3 months now and they have had minimal use. I am very pleased with my purchase. They are spendy but, I figure that have good gear could save my skin (literally) and be a good investment.
The boots have a good supple yet sturdy leather. The ankle pucks and shin guards are nice safety features and definitely add to the sturdy feel of the boot. The soles are slightly grippy/sticky but, not overly so. The interior has some cushion and is quite comfy. Overall, they feel very solid and secure and are decent looking boots. I'd almost just use them daily but, with the protection layer in there it's too much for me.
My only knock is that I'm cursed with thicker calves so, at the very top of the zipper, it feels a little squeezy. I'm thinking with more usage, they'll break in quite nicely but until then - squeezy. I've worn these on a very hot (90-100F) day on a longer ride (45 mins). I didn't feel much of any airflow but, I wasn't expecting much either.
August 31, 2015
Settled on these boots after a long and exhaustive search conducted by both me and my riding buddy (I'm talking spreadsheets, ladies and gentlemen).
Here is what I wanted:
-As many protective features as possible (shank, shin, both ankles, heel, toe)
-Relatively comfortable for street wear
-Narrow for my narrow narrow feet (I wear normal width shoes, but am definitely on the narrow side and cannot wear men's moto boots)
-Additional features if possible (waterproof, shift pad, etc.)
Here is what I got:
-Most of those things.
[Which is surprisingly hard to find. I can't believe no one is banking in on the female rider market by making stylish boots with all that protective gear embedded in the shoe. Seriously, somebody get on that.]
But I found it in the Vika boots! And both my moto and cager (as well as biker and pedestrian) friends approve. Are they a little on the stormtrooper side? Yes. Do I wish I had a pair that looked slightly more Brooklyn? Yes. But do I look badass? You'd have to ask an independent third party, but probably, Yes.
October 25, 2014
very nice boots
I took a chance and wore these boots - untested - for a 1500 mile trip. They were comfortable the entire time and dry in the rain. My only hesitation is that the soles are flat (no lugs of any sort) if you end up on a dirt/gravel/mud road. These boots will likely be worn for "walking around" as they look that nice.
August 17, 2014
Great looking (& feeling) boot!
I was looking for a simple boot that was nice enough to wear into the office, while still having adequate protection.
Before I bought these it was a decision between these Vika boots and the Dainese Ixia boots. The Ixia boots cost more, do not have the shin protection that the Vika does, and also look more sporty than the classic look of the Vika.
I'm so glad I went with the Vika! They look pretty nice on with regular clothes, and in my opinion not as "police boot"ish as others have reviewed.
Very true to size, with the added bonus of not being on the narrow side (since I veer on the edge of the wider side).
Plus they are surprisingly very comfortable and cushy, with a solid medium stiffness that does "give" for comfort and maneuvering. However, there is basically no air flow and they can get warm if wearing them all day.
Traction is great on these, and the protection on the toe, heel, ankle, and shin seem solid for a casual boot.
November 12, 2013
Best motorcycle boot I have owned
Boots fit well using the supplied sizing chart. Very light and comfortable. Could walk all day in them. Seem to have adaquate protection in the ankle and foot. Very stylish for a functional riding boot. This boot is just a little longer than what I am used to so I am getting used to shifting with the extra length in the toe, but it is not really an issue.
Very good value for what you get.
June 12, 2013
Out of the box impressions
This review is solely my first impression upon opening the box. I have not ridden in them or walked outside of my living room yet. I will update my review when I do.
I wanted a boot for the following:
- Simple, but classier look that I could wear to my corporate office job- nothing that screamed I just got off a motorcycle. (ie: no Battlestar Galactica or metal engineer rings)
- Good traction for our super slick garage and parking structures.
- Something that didn't look like a man's shoe.
- Freeway crash level protection
- Something that wouldn't be too hot in the Southern California summers
- Something a little easier to get on and off quickly
- Comfortable enough to walk around in all day
- Something under $200.
- No PINK
A lot of requirements, I know, but that's what I wanted.
I went with this boot mainly because it looks like a lot of the other women's boots that are in the malls right now. It was over the ankle, but not all the way over the calf and Revzilla's customer service rep said it was probably about the 2nd choice in best traction. Most of my needs were getting met, so I purchased. Other shoes I wear, Doc Martins, Converse, steel toed construction type boots, Puma Desmo.
After opening the box I noticed the sole seemed fairly smooth. There is a patch that will hopefully be anti-slick, but I'm a little skeptical. I will update after testing. The shaft height is perfect. It hits the bottom of my calf muscle, which should keep all foot peg scratching off my skin. The ankle protection is barely there. It looks like someone stuck a couple quarters on either side of boot. I can't see how that's going to help much if you're foot is pinned under something, but it is better than nothing. There is a hard pad on the front for shin protection and the very end of the toe is hard which is ample. The heel protection is softer than the toe and again, I'm not confident it would keep my heel from getting crushed. The shorter height on these will be a lot cooler than my knee high and calf high boots, but my feet did warm up quickly in these. They are water proof, so keep in mind that heat tends to stay in the boot. The leather doesn't look cheap, but I do wish it had more of a sheen to it. They remind me of police boots. I'm ok with that, but some might not be. I have size 41. Inside the boot it says it's a US 9. On Alpinestars website it says 41 is equal to 9.5. I'd say these fit like a 9.25. Normally I wear a 42 as I like my boots to fit a little big. These feel pretty narrow to me, but that could be because I normally wear a bigger size and all my other boots are mens boots. You can tell these are a women's cut though. They are not as bulky which is great for my narrow feet and a more feminine look. These feel tight around my arches, but I think they will break in and stretch out enough to fit more comfortably. The zipper on the inside of the boot makes them easy to get on and off. Additionally they fit pretty snug to the leg so you don't have that bulge on your pants leg when you sit down. The arch support is pretty decent. I don't think I will need to wear my orthodics with these, but again, I will update my review once I have some miles on them.
Overall, I'm happy enough with the first impression and try on to keep them. Right now, the only think that would make these better is if they came in an oxblood or chocolate brown.
March 14, 2013