Dainese Cafe Boots
Great "looking" boot
This is a very good looking boot in a very vintage style, I get compliments on them often. They are very comfortable and fit runs pretty true to size. The leather is very soft and supple, with a minimum amount of protection. More than none in a standard combat boot. They have reinforced shift protection on both boots, which is great for vintage right side shift bikes. These are the pros...
The cons are rapidly starting to outweigh the pros. Upon first opening the box I noticed the soles are made to look pre worn, traction is compromised for vintage style. The tongue is not gusseted which explains why they are definitely not waterproof, although I have mink oiled them, which has made them slightly more water resistant. The insole in the boot is junk I recommend a set of aftermarket insoles for all day comfort. The worst part has just happened recently, as the eyelets have started to pull through the edge of the boot, it is possible that liking my boots somewhat tight may play into that.
I have had them for 58 days, being on a bike for around 10 of them. Any boot or shoe at this price should last longer than this, I will now trod off to the leather repair place to see if they can be repaired.
February 25, 2016
i am in search of buying a pair of boots for my rides.I have seen and tested most of them. i like the sport style, but not so extreme.i also like classic lines.but not so classic. i like army style,but not so absolute. i love rock. i liked these boots!yes. i just wait to see them in an other colour..between black and dark brawn.to be the same in colour with my Dainese jacket. but these will be definitilly my new boots. thank you.
January 31, 2016
Great for commuting
I was looking for a boot to jump off the bike and go while commuting everyday. This is it. The style is great and I was very pleased with the look of it. I work as a bartender/college student and I have had no trouble jumping off the bike and walking around. Extremely comfortable. The boot had no break-in time period for me, it felt great from the beginning. Comfort lasts through tough walking, I have been caught behind the bar several times now with the boots on (not having time to change into other shoes) for extended shifts 4-8 hours of hustling. Not problem with the comfort of the boot. Water resistant in the sense that they will hold up until for a couple of minutes in a light rain but a boot cover is a must. If you are looking for a commuting boot that looks great, is comfortable, and does not look like a motorcycle boot this is it.
November 16, 2015
After 3 years- I am very surprised how durable these boots are
I own the black version of these boots, which, as it appears, are sold out. But I expect the brown ones to be the same in most profiles.
I bought these on March 21, 2012, from Revzilla- I checked my order receipt for the date. I wore these boots very often- roughly 1/3 of the year, most of the riding season- to work, around the city. I wore them on cross country trips, to Canada, to Mexico and back. I've traveled almost 20,000 miles on these boots.
I only came back to this page today because I wanted to get another pair again, more than 3 years later (Aug 2015 now). Then I saw some of what the other folks are saying, thought I write something.
Don't listen to them. These boots are durable. They're very water resistant (not completely waterproof under long periods of thunderstorms), they look good, are comfortable to walk around, and you can travel cross country with them.
I've worn many boots before. When it comes to Dainese products, you really get what you are paying for. Don't complain about the price!
After 3 years of heavy usage, the soles are now worn out and need to be replaced. Some holes start to show and it's going through to the insoles. I wore these boots to the very very bitter end.
Seeing I cannot get another, exact same pair, I'm going to take my current pair to the cobbler and have the soles replaced. The top of the boots are still in fine condition, and I expect it to last for a lifetime. They're just very well made.
(After over 3 years!)
(The top of the boots still look great!)
August 3, 2015
super soft soles
after a few months wearing this boot in normal day to day activities i figured it was time to post a review.
these boots are lightweight, and extremely comfortable. they look amazing as well! they are a great shoe, and i love them! but they are a motorcycle boot, not a shoe. these boots began to fray at the seems after only a few days, after a while they stopped and i cut the loose strings off and it seemed to stop there. but the big kicker is that theses boots offer NO lateral protection across the sole. i can literally squeeze the boot to touch the sides together with a single hand. the soles are so soft and flimsy that i can feel stones on the pavement as i walk over it. having dropped a big bike on my foot in the past i would not want this boot between my 550Lb bike and the pavement. there is a nice ankle pad built in, but without the sole to back up the ankle protection, i feel that the boots aren't suitable for street riding.
August 26, 2014
Great looking and feeling boot
Great boot would recommend it to anyone looking for that cafe look and comfort of a boot you can wear all day
August 5, 2014
These don't look like riding boots - :D :D :D
I really, REALLY don't like those astronaut-looking riding boots,also, those that make me look like I wanna be part of a gang... no, these boots would look good even if I wasn't riding a motorcycle.
I get a ton of compliments (mostly from other guy riders so don't get your hopes up, bro... :), they are comfortable, and look durable enough, but their forte is their style, if you want black nice looking boots to ride around town, gentlemen, pick a pair of these, you won't regret it.
May 26, 2014
Great boot for around town
This is a great boot for running around town and it does not look crazy when you are off the bike. It looks like anything else you would buy at the shoe store except for the shift pads which actually make it look pretty cool. As far as material it feels like its synthetic leather. I can't tell. The fit is excellent. I do wish they had quick hooks instead of holes for the laces. It makes it hard to put on and take off. Otherwise it looks and feels excellent. They fell like they would give adequate protection (they are not racing boots).
May 12, 2014