Dainese Svelta Gore-Tex Women's Boots
Same o' Dainese, thankfully!
I have worn three pair of different Dainese touring boots now. The Svelta is more of the same - the exact same fit as my two previous pair and the same (excellent) comfort.
The stiff sole of the Svelta protects my tender underfoot from the horror of the centerstand tang, and allows me to use my entire foot as an extension lever. It takes a bit of time to get used to the stiffness, and right about the time you are finally used to it, it starts to soften up a bit. It never becomes truly soft , but a bit of flexibility creeps in and it moulds to your foot nicely.
There is room for an Aetrex or TWC orthotic, which I use.
The Svelta is NARROW. If you have even normal width feet, you might want to think about a different boots. For those of us with narrow feet, it's a godsend. I wear a AA width in normal shoes and the Dainese footbed is good for AA to B (regular width). If you squeeze into regular width shoes, you might not be that comfy in these.
The longer shaft is very welcome. the Lola was a shorter boot and I would occasionally hit my shins on the footpegs of my F650GS (single) at stops. The Svelta's additional 1.5cm height is great here.
I don't like the side zipper and velcro closure. Ok, I hate this. The back zip style of the Lola (and their race boots, which I also use) allowed my ankles to connect with the bike near the swingarm pivot point and increased my sense of connectedness with the machine. With the zipper and velcro in the way, I feel a bit disconnected. I hope that Dainese releases a back-zip touring boot again! On the scale of whining, this is a pretty low-grade issue, as nearly all boots use this closure configuration and I'm being super picky.
Overall, I highly recommend the Svelta if your feet can get into it.
April 14, 2016
I love this boot
This boot is very well made with wonderful feeling leather. It has great protection elements and feels comfortable as soon as you put it on. I wish it had a more aggresive sole, but I love the boot so much I will live with the sole it has.
October 16, 2015
So glad I got these boots!
I was looking for my first pair of boots and I couldn't ignore the awesome reviews for this particular boot. I was super leery because people said they were narrow and had trouble fitting their calves into them. Well, I have a D width foot and wide, muscular calves (15" at the widest point) so I was skeptical they would work for me but I ordered them anyhow. When I pulled them out of the box, I was even more worried but I tried them on anyhow. The footbed is a bit narrower than I would like but one day of wear and they were super comfy riding and walking around. As far as fitting my calves, even with socks and my skinny jeans tucked in I can get the zipper all but 1/2" to the top. Then I just velcro them up and they are secure and comfortable. I love that they have loosened up the more I wear them and they are comfortable to sit or walk around in.
September 28, 2015
Same good Dainese quality
Bought them for my partner for long rides. After 2 years she still likes them!
August 8, 2015
Very comfortable - nice looking boots
I just received today and at first glance they seem to be very nice boots. They have a soft, comfortable lining and work well on my narrow foot. I typically wear a 9.5 in women's shoes and ordered a 41 - perfect fit. I've yet to wear them on the road but I suspect I will be very happy with them.
July 29, 2015
Stylish Good Fit
I just got these boots and have taken one ride - and I love them. I was really concerned about the fit, comfort and walkability. I have narrow feet but like some room in the toe box and these fit the bill. I wore thin socks (not liner sock thin but not sports sock thick) and they were perfect. I could probably do a thicker sock but live in a warm climate so it isn't typically a concern. My feet were warm but not insufferably so and it was a hot day. I walked around comfortably in them at a few rest stops for lunch and bathroom breaks and they were fine to walk in - no shin rub despite the armor and stiffness. Similar comfort on the pegs. I wear a size 6.5 US shoe in dress, sandal or street shoes and a 7 in most athletic runners. I bought the 38 and they are a good fit. I'll add it is nice that they are fashionable in addition to protective.
July 26, 2015
They press into my calf a bit where the boot clips shut. Wearing long socks helps. Overall good fit. I feel well protected without too much bulk.
July 6, 2015
Safe. Not ugly.
These boots are a good compromise for us fashion conscious girls. I say they are not ugly because they aren't exactly cute...the boots more or less just blend into your outfit. Work good under a pair of jeans. I love the metal shin protectors. The safety features are unbeatable. My feet and lower legs feel so much safer in these boots I have not worn anything else since the day they arrived at my doorstep. Worth the purchase. They are narrow so I had a hard time choosing sizing. Comfortable to ride in and ok to walk around in a bit.
June 30, 2015