Dainese Cafe Boots
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
Great looking boot!
This boot is exactly what I was looking for!
Looks great while still offering some protection.
It fits true to size however my feet tend to get sore after wearing these all day.
April 22, 2014
As always with Dianese the quality is excellent, I found them true to sizing. I think they look great, and they are really comfortable to walk in easily as comfortable as any non motorcycle specific boot. Good protection in the toe and heal and the ankle protection is a bonus and laced up feel like they will give a good amount of protection. So for a motorcycle boot that does'nt look like a motorcycle boot they are perfect.
April 14, 2014
Hard to find a boot in this style that has a low heel suited to riding. I wanted a real motorcycle boot that isn't tech looking and provides decent protection. Most boots in this style are uncomfortable too ride in. These boots fit me perfect, a size 9 is really a true 9 1/2, very comfortable, high quality, has a reinforced toe, heel, side ankle, and extra layer for the shifter, even though its on both boots (good for vintage British bikes and early Sportsters) I ride a 2009 Bonniville SE and a 79 Yamaha RD400 Daytona Special, goes great with my Joe Rocket Speedway Jacket and Bonn riding pants and shirt, real protection but you can walk into a Bar or Resturant and not look like a Power Ranger. I've been riding street bikes since I was 16 I'm now 48, I started wearing a full face helmet, leather jacket and gloves with jeans and high tops or boots after a wreck when I was 17, even though I haven't crashed in over 25 years I'm more aware of safety then ever, there are a lot of idiots driving fast, and screwing around with their cellphones.
February 25, 2014
Not perfect, but still a solid on-bike/off-bike boot
This is my first motorcycle-specific boot, purchased last summer. The main reason I chose this boot was its casual cafe style.
The boot fits very true to size. It gives a good amount of room at the toebox and still gives a sleek profile that can be worn over or under jeans. Initial break-in was somewhat uncomfortable, but broke in perfectly after a day of commuter use. The breathable liner does its job, and makes this boot a good choice for summer riding.
Three shortcomings compromise this boot- its sole, ease of entry/removal, and shift pad. The insole can leave the feet mildly sore after a full day of use- if you plan to wear these during a full work day, be aware that your comfort level may or may not tolerate it. I work 40 hours/week with a lot of standing & walking, but for its 6+ months of use, I'm still fine with wearing them. The outsole isn't all that great either- after a month of riding, the sole started melting and the lugs have significantly lost its shape- and unfortunately, the outsole isn't traditionally stitched on, so it's possible that they may not be resole-able. Also, taking the boots on & off can be a real chore, even after initial break-in;also, the laces are starting to wear out along the top eyelets. Lastly, the textile shift pad started wearing out within a few months. Shifting is still fine, but Dainese would've been wise to give it a leather shift pad instead.
Despite its cons, I'm still glad I bought the boots when I did. However, potential buyers may want to consider other choices. Rev'it is coming out with a similar boot called the Rodeo, and based on its video reviews, it appears to address the points the Cafe boots could've used improvement on. If time isn't an issue and you're willing to wait till early Spring, wait for the Rodeo in order to get a chance to compare the two.
January 29, 2014