Dainese Technical Sneaker
great style for daily riding protection
it's great to have stylish boots which also offer some riding protection.
Basically, it has certain degree of protection for the heel and ankle. I love the metal stylish piece-protector for the ankle, which has the Dainese cool logo encrypted at. I ride XR650L, the engine heats up at the ankles level really high, so this feature keeps the ankles well protected from burns.
It also offers some extra cushion for the instep, although it would be great if they could enhance this feature to improve its durability from the constant gear up wearing out.
April 29, 2013
Terrible quality. Overpriced for the protection offered
I ordered these to have more protection when riding than normal shoes without looking out of place. The style is definitely top notch. The protection and build quality, not so much.
The second time that I put these on, the string attached to the pull tab ripped straight off. If they can't stand up to being laced up, I really don't expect them to help me any in a crash. Also, the ankle protectors are really just light plastic. No impact protection at all, maybe some help in a slide.
One good point is that they definitely flow a lot of air.
April 23, 2013
I kind of bought these shoes solely for the look of them. I got them in anthracite. I'm a female rider and noticed there aren't too many riding sneakers for us, so I just used the conversion chart after converting my US womens size into a US mens size. I wear an 8.5 in US womens (7 US mens) and fit the mens 39 Euro perfectly, so it's definitely true to size.
As for protection, I hope I never find out how good that department is, but from the feel of it, it's minimal. It's better than a regular sneaker though and its so much lighter and more comfortable than my riding boots. AIr flow is great.
March 26, 2013
Very Stylish and Comfortable
Great shoes for those who want a street shoe with some motorcycle protection. I bought these more for the style than the protection, but the shoes have decent ankle protection and shifter durability. Expensive but you're paying for the looks.
March 4, 2013
Love these sneakers, but very expensive!
I'm really torn on these Dainese sneakers. One because I absolutely love them and they are so comfortable to walk and ride in. However, for the price they are charging, it is absolutely way too much. I guess there has to be some trade-off in protection for comfort. I wear an 8.5-9 in shoes and the 42 fit me perfectly.
- Love the style, they look great underneath some jeans or textiles and no one would ever know you're a motorcycle shoe.
- Very comfortable and easy on/off. No laces to mess with and the quick lace system works amazing.
- Very grippy non-slip sole
- Not much more protection than your average mid-top chucks.
- Price (too expensive for what you get)
November 7, 2012
Exactly what it claims to be.
This shoe is sticky on the bottom, ventilated on the top, and covers all of the sensitive parts. I highly recommend this shoe for anyone looking to cruise or commute. They are comfortable both on the bike and walking around. The fast lace system and stylish look remove any excuse for not adding a little extra protection even on quick rides.
September 11, 2012
Nice shoe, Very light on actual safety
The look of the shoes is pretty cool. They’ve got a bit of an industrial design look to them, and they’re not overly busy. I liked that they didn’t look like space boots with hunks of plastics everywhere. They’re nice and simple, and nobody would guess that they were riding shoes if they were on the shelf of a normal shoe store. I got the “Anthracite/Black” ones, which is sort of a green-ish grey, so they don’t look dirty. The “laces” up front are sort of odd looking, but you get used to them after a while.
The shoes are very comfortable. They have a soft sole with lots of cushion. They’re more comfortable than my regular shoes for around town. They have good ventilation, as a lot of the shoe is basically just mesh. You can feel the airflow at normal in-town speeds. The lace system is pretty comfortable, and the shoe doesn’t have any strange pressure points on the foot.
Uh…yeah. This area is where the shoes disappoint. Some of the same things that make them very comfortable also make it not terribly safe. The shoe won’t resist any sort of bending/crushing in an accident, and I’m not super convinced that the shoe wouldn’t fall apart after a bit of road rash. The plastic inserts around the ankle bone would resist grinding against the pavement, but wouldn’t take any sort of impact. The back-ankle support is too flimsy to be of use. They’re essentially normal high-tops with a few pieces of thin plastic. There is a bit of reflective tape inside the rear mesh area for better visibility at night.
Well, not great. They’re cheaper than a full race boot, but a lot more expensive than a normal shoe, which I feel this is closer to. I was hoping for something more leaning toward safety, but with the looks of a real shoe. This is more of a normal shoe with hints of safety features.
Would I buy it again? Negative…I would exchange it if I could (if Dainese wants to send me a different pair, I'm game ;) ). If you want a shoe, the Dainese Dyno shoe is probably a better bet.
September 7, 2012
A hot sneaker with consideration for riding!
I wanted a street riding shoe that would be more protective than regular sneakers while riding, and at the same time be comfortable for walking.
The Dainese Technical Sneaker does both and looks quite stylish at the same time. The added protection is basic but considerable compared to normal sneakers, and the airflow is amazing. They look and feel like higher end sneakers when walking around in them.
The size 9s I received did not have the triangle tip to the laces as seen in some pictures, rather it is a button snap tip. Not a problem at all, but I wonder where those triangle tipped versions are.
August 27, 2012