Dainese Street Runner Gore-Tex Shoes
1,593 Miles later, and they're still lookin' awesome!
I just got done with a WA to CA road trip last week that lasted 6 days on the bike. These shoes kept my feet warm and dry through the chill and rain of the pacific northwest, and fairly cool through the California desert on the way down to San Diego. The shoes felt comfortable and secure on my feet, and the soles gave me enough feedback with my controls.
Walking with them on pavement felt a little awkward at first. There's a slight bulge at the bottom of the sole, just behind the ball of your feet (due to the asymmetrical shank?) that just wouldn't let me fully step with the shoe flat on the ground. This also made a "tok" sound whenever I took a step--made it seem like one was wearing a pair of nice boots.
The fit was spot on. I wear US shoe sizes 8 to 8.5, and I originally ordered a 42 (chart says it equals a US 9) because of some reviews saying that the shoe tends to run small. The 42 felt like it had another 3/4 of an inch for my toes, so I re-ordered a 41 (chart says it's equal to a US 8.5) that fit me just right.
The leather upper had stayed intact and scuff free at the end of the road trip. I do have a rubber boot on my shifter (Ryder Clips), and that really helped with preserving the shoes' finish.
October 20, 2014
Great balance of style, comfort, and protection
I wanted a shoe that I can where out at night to social events without it being a noticeable motorcycle shoe but still provide a reasonable level of protection. I often wore my Onitsuka Tigers which clearly have no protection at all.
The shoes are great and I am really glad I purchased them. The sole is stiff but ok to walk around in all day. The sole is a bit thicker than I was expecting. The leather is nice, soft and well made, as you would expect from a Dainese product. The cost is high but the quality and comfort justifies it.
After reading a few reviews I knew the size would be a tad large. As a comparison for other buyers my usual shoe sizes are:
Dainese street runner - Eur43, US10
Alpinestars SMX5 - Eur44, US9.5
Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 - Eur44, US10
Converse Allstars lowcut - Eur 42.5, US9 (not these are a tad tight on me)
Some reviewers say they are hard to get on and off. My thought is, they are a high top style of shoe and any high top shoe is hard to get on and off. You just need to loosen a couple of lace rows down the shoe before taking off or putting on. If anything, the fact that they are hard to get on and off is better because there is no possibility of the shoe being ripped off in the unfortunate event of an accident.
Hope this helps other people out there tossing up whether to spend the coin or not, especially other Australians who dont have the option to go try these on in store before purchasing (because no one stocks them).
September 21, 2014
A great alternative to a boot!
So let's be honest,
If you're after maximum protection, this is not the product for you. What Dainese have here is an extremely stylish yet practical & waterproof alternative to race boots for commuting or street riding.
These shoes are comfortable enough to wear casually but they are a little warm to be doing so on hot days, fine when you're riding though. They're also a bit of an effort to get onto your feet due to the membrane inside, but once they're on their super comfy.
Whatever size you are, buy a size bigger with these shoes. I wear a converse all stars chuck tailor size 9 & my Dainese shoes are a size 44EU, perfect fit. I'm also a 44EU in my Sidi vertigo boots.
I would definitely recommend these shoes if you're looking for a commuting shoe & don't want to be bothered with carting a pair of riding boots around. Great product.
September 15, 2014
These are the every day riding boots, period !
Okeey, put it this way : I like these boots so much cuz I will order another pair just to have a back up when these will get worn out ... And you guys (Revzilla) are awesome, like always !
September 2, 2014
Excellent shoes, on and off the bike.
I bought these shoes looking for a great all-around shoe that I can use on and off the bike. I also own a pair of Dainese Asphalt shoes. The Asphalt is great while on the bike, but not so much when walking around town. These shoes were purchased as a more practical alternative.
Fit: I have wide feet. Whenever I buy shoes, I usually start by trying out a size 9.5W and go from there. For these shoes, I purchased a size EUR43 (US10) and they fit perfectly. My feet do not feel cramped after wearing them all day. The only issue I have is that the shoes are a little hard to get into. This can be alleviated by loosening more of the shoelaces. The shoelaces were already laced out of the box, in a neat and flat manner, but in a way that I normally don't lace them. This makes the act of loosening and tightening the laces before tying them a bit awkward for me, but that's a matter of personal preference.
Finish: Finish is top notch, as to be expected from a premium Italian manufacturer. Out of the box, there were no loose strings. There was not a single seam or stitch out of place.
Durability: So far so good. I've ridden only 600 miles in these shoes, but there is no sign of undue wear and tear from normal usage. The tread shows minimal signs of wear. The only wear evident on these shoes are on the inside of the left heels, where my shoes make contact with the heel-guards of the foot-pegs. There, the leather is starting to appear a little scuffed up.
Features: There is no toe protection. There is also no shift-pad to protect the leather from wear and tear. Regardless, the leather where contact is made with the shift lever does not show any signs of wear after 600 miles. The sole is a little stiff, compared to athletic shoes, but not as stiff as a pair of leather work boots. Ankle flexibility is good enough where I don't notice it while walking around town. There is some reinforcement in the heel, and there are ankle protection inserts, but they are not connected together. Breathability is great. I play in Central Texas, which is prone to having hot and humid summers. At the end of the day, I don't feel like I have swamp feet, even when wearing non-moisture wicking socks. Grip on asphalt is also good. With these shoes, I don't get nervous about setting my foot down on slick asphalt.
Note: I have yet to test these shoes in wet, and cold weather.
Summary: I would recommend these riding shoes in a heartbeat, to anyone looking for a great riding shoe to wear on and off the bike. Off the bike, it blends in perfectly as a casual sneaker. It's pricey, but it's well worth it.
August 30, 2014
Comfortable, stylish protection
This leather, lace-up hightop from Dianese is pretty stylish and offers the protection you need during a comfortable ride around town. Air flow is not so good but I haven't worn a leather shoe that has ever provided good air flow. Reflectors on the ankle area are a nice touch. This sneaker-boot is somewhat hard to get on, even with smaller feet, because of the narrow entry way, but once they're on, great fit and you can feel your bike when you ride. Possibly one improvement could be a velcro or snap strap at the top instead of lacing all the way up to the top? Very pleased with this footwear. Just what I was looking for.
July 16, 2014
Stylish and better than riding with chucks
I bought this pair of shoes because they looked great and all I wear are Converse All Stars. Almost picked the TXC Wrap shoes, but liked the style of these better. Also I liked the idea of a sneaker because you can feel the shifter a bit more, if that makes sense. When I first received them I thought for sure that I was going to return them because they felt kinda tight and the sole felt curved in a way that made no sense to my foot. I normally wear a size 12 and based on the chart and what was available I got the 46's like the chart said. I ended up wearing them around the house to get the feel and after awhile I started to become accustomed to them. Took them out on a couple rides to see how they felt on the bike and they are definitely better than the bulky boots I've been using and way better than riding with chucks obviously since those are just canvas.
Fast forward been using these for every ride since and they get comfier each day. I guess that the beginning tightness would just be the break in time, but now I dig them. The sole is kinda hard and felt odd when I first got them, but more I wear them the less I am starting to notice maybe they're just conforming to my foot. They look great with a pair of jeans, protect your ankle and the leather makes me feel better about protection than riding with a canvas shoe for sure.
Definitely a hefty bill for these guys, but overall I think it was a good investment if you want better protection than normal sneakers and want some style that can easily be worn off the bike.
Also, whats up with that shipping? Real fast! Love it!
May 25, 2014
1st I want to say this is my 3rd pair of Dainese boots that I own. This boot has grade a quality leather and has a perfect fit. I'm 10.5 us so I have always chosen a euro 44. Great sale as well and good air flow. Haven't had a chance to try the water proof aspect but with gore-text liner, I am confident it will be water proof.
Thanks revzilla for another amazing order experience.
May 20, 2014