Dainese Street Runner Gore-Tex Shoes
I come from a background of motorcycle racing (track) and have no problem spending good money on my equipment, especially safety equipment of which I consider these shoes.
This is one of the best protective shoes I have ever owned. Fit and comfort is fantastic. This shoe can also be worn as an everyday shoe its that comfortable (though stiffer than a normal shoe). I use them when riding my Indian cruiser.
Getting it on and off can be a little work as the laces are very tight. You MUST take the time to get some slack in the laces before you can either put it on your foot or take it off. I feel this little bit of work is worth the effort as, heaven forbid, if you ever go down, these shoes will definitely stay on your feet and keep them protected.
Foot and ankle protection is excellent with additional padding at both the inner and outer ankle bones. Overall, a really well built shoe that I would highly recommend. I have a long and narrow foot and they fit just fine. Follow the fit guide and you will be fine.
January 20, 2015
I honestly wear these shoes even when I'm not on the bike.
They look great and are very sturdy. I've luckily not needed to try them out for their safety features (had them about 3 1/2 months now), but protection seems to be strong in all the right places.
They are difficult to get on, but that makes sense in that they're a protective boot, not just a sneak.
For short hops, I leave them untied and then can pull them on and off pretty easily. If I'm going more than a couple miles, I lace em up tight. If they're laced tight up, your feet do get tired after a few hours. However, if you leave them a bit loose at top, you can kick them all day. Really love these sneaks/boots!
True, they don't breathe so great. But that's obv because of the waterproofing. I live in SoCal, and my feet rarely overheat in these. So, not too bad.
All in all, a great, modern boot. And they get the wife seal of approval!
January 17, 2015
Great style and comfort, minimal protection...
From a style and aesthetics perspective, I'm very happy with these shoes. The price was high (as is all Dainese), but the style and comfort are top notch. Definitely more of a 3 season shoe: Autumn, Winter, and Spring. I expect these to be very hot in the Summer.
December 23, 2014
Style and protection built in these shoes
I was looking for some feet protection and liked the street-casual style of these boots. The style pairs nice with my mesh jacket.
First impression is that it's a bit stiff, but I guess that's required for protection and for new leather shoes. After the first 200km ride I can say that it feels comfortable and doesn't hurt my feet.
The only thing to observe for this shoes is that altough it's breathable, it's not really designed for hot weather.
Other than that it's perfect and I highly recommend it.
October 30, 2014
Style with protection...
These shoes are exactly what I've been looking for. Style, with a decent amount of protection for commuting and city cruising. Most of my friends who don't ride have no idea they are riding shoes and want to know wear I got them ;)
I ordered a 43 (size 10) and the fit was very snug but began to break in after a few rides and now they feel better. There is a bump on the bottom of the soles that felt a little awkward but now I'm use to it. I would definitely recommend these to anyone looking for a little more protection than a regular sneaker.
October 28, 2014
Primary riding shoe
Use these for my daily commute for both warm and cold seasons. It is a little narrow so if you have wider feet it will take some time to break in but they will eventually break in and fit comfortably. I have spare shoes at the office but haven't even wanted to change into them, guess if I did a lot of walking during the day I might.
October 21, 2014
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