Dainese SSC Alpha D-WP C2B Shoes
Great daily commuter boot
I'm a 8.5 or 9 in street shoes, depending on brand, and the 43 fits me perfectly. I have a narrow foot, and these are awesome because they lace up high and seem to be cut 'average' to slightly narrow. (So many shoes these days are only D width or wider especially for the US market.) If you have wide feet these may not work well.
These are highly waterproof--riding in the rain multiple times and dry as a bone inside. Consequently they are great 3 season cold but too hot for summer. I have ordered the Dianese Asphalt for warm weather, which is almost an exact copy of this boot but with mesh for air flow.
I had a situation where my street shoe laces got wrapped on my shifter, and this really spooked me. So now I take the extra 2 seconds to jump into these on the way out the door and take street shoes in my top box to work. Yes these boots have 'laces' to ensure a good fit but if you do it right (read on) you will have no laces dangling around to get caught on anything.
Here's the trick: pull on the laces to tighten the tongue -- the material is very comfortable so it doesn't bunch up (think diver's suit material). The top of the laces are joined up in a closed loop system, so pull down on the little clasp and flip the switch to lock them down. Now you have a big dangling loop, and you're thinking WTF@#$! Ok here's what you do.
There's a snap on one side of the boot so at first I would take the loop end and snap it to the side, and still have a big loop handing there to get caught on the bike. Then a buddy showed me the trick: this end is so long, you can either a) wrap it around behind your heel before snapping it, or b) tuck the extra loop into the laces to secure it. I like the first method because it's all secure and nothing to get caught.
Riding with these gives me more confidence as well, since in any kind of crash there's ankle protection built and they are reasonably rigid.
Off the bike, they are OK-- the sole is a bit stiff /inflexible so they will seem more like light hikers than tennis shoes, but they are good enough for going into the store, etc. I probably wouldn't want to wear them all day off the bike.
March 2, 2015
Solid riding shoe.
Very comfortable riding boot that has adequate ankle, heel, and toe protection. It is a little narrow in the toe, but after breaking in the boot the fit is good. I really like the non-slip tread for the rainy days.
October 29, 2014
Best boots i have owned yet
Style and fit are great. I feel comfortable riding in these as well just walking around in them - for short distance, anyway. They are pricey and the cheaper options have more protection but they don't look as good and they weren't as comfortable either. For me, these are great.
August 11, 2014
Nice protective boot
I like these boots.
They are sturdy with a solid (but not painful) sole. I have a gravel driveway and these catch the gravel just fine when I put my foot down. It's been good on more solid terrain as well.
The ankle bone protectors are nicely reinforced.
I like the quick lace system.
The reflective strip along the Achille's is actually quite visible.
I've noticed that after only a couple weeks the shifter pad is wearing. I'm not so concerned about the look of it, I just hope it isn't the first thing to wear out on the boot.
Don't over-tighten the laces unless you are wearing high socks. Otherwise the top of the boot will agitate your calves. Maybe this is obvious for most folks, but I tend to wear low shoes :)
I wear between an 8.5 and 9 in women's, and I bought the 41s. The 40s were much too tight.
May 6, 2014
I'm really happy with this purchase. I'm usually wearing a 9.5 and got a 43 which fits perfectly. Shoe is comfortable, no your regular sneakers though so try not to walk miles with it as they are a bit noisy and a bit stiff. Perfect use from my home to the bike and then from parking to office where I just change to office shoes.
Style is nice, they fit under office pants also the style definitely don't match. They look nice under jeans though but I wouldn't wear them to go shopping or wandering though. You get my point.
Highly recommended for commuters.
September 9, 2013
I've used these shoes for about 5 rides now, no significant complaints. In fact I love them now that I've adapted. The fit and finish is excellent as expected. They were a little more expensive than I wanted to pay, but I am glad I sprung for them. I have a feeling they will last me a long time. Protection seems to be excellent, no real world tests but my feet feel wrapped in glove like armor.
Since they do hug your feet like a glove, I had to go a half size up to fit my big American feet comfortably. Also, they don't breathe really well in summer temps.
Despite that I wouldn't hesitate to pick these up if you're looking for a quality, stylish, durable boot that's still reasonable to walk around in unlike a racing boot.
September 2, 2013