Firstgear Mesh Lo Boots
I am exchanging it due to people saying it ran a size smaller. It does not. Sorry bigfoot, it's true to size. I got an 11 and it was I fit a 10 -10 1/2 and it was way huge. I don't have wide duck feet I am pretty normal. Anyway, the shoes are blend of Boot/Riding shoe with the protected toe guard. The style is not, not really flashy so upon a glance, it will pass off pretty much as sneaker. The picture here looks more sneaker like. Style wise it's hybrid look. Feels well made, solid and it's got the protection in the right zones. I needed a commuting shoe I can wear all day. This just may be the right thing. I'm not feeling like big boots for the office so these will do the trick.
I will revise the review when I get my exchange pair to include some riding time in for the complete opinion.
May 1, 2015
Great fitting and quite comfortable
Haven't had them long but they are quite great and thats about all i can say
April 6, 2015
When I opened the box to see the word "premium" on the shoe box I laughed. This product is in no way, shape, or form premium, it is a bargain product. After removing the shoes form the box, my second impression was that these shoes look very cheaply made with very cheap materials (think that big box store where everything is made in China, except these boots are made in Pakistan).
Putting them on, my impression of them went down even further. As others have pointed out here in the comments, the lace loops look and feel very cheap, and in fact have ripped for some people. Like others I found the Velcro strap to be purely fashion and it serves no purpose at all. It has just an inch of velcro and is not adjustable. My size 10 feet and ankles have to much wiggle room with the strap as tight as I could get it.
The punchline to this joke pair of boots is the ankle "protection." I can not believe that no one has commented on this before myself. The stitched in hard plastic ankle protection sits below my ankles. Apparently FirstGear has no knowledge of human anatomy. Every other pair of boots I have tried on or owned placed the ankle protection over the ankles. The fact that these boots have the protection below the actual ankle leads me to believe in a bad crash scenario these boot may do more harm than good.
That being said, the toe box feels like it offers a good amount of protection and the tread is fairly thick and stiff.
If you want a pair of poor fitting, poorly designed boots for less than $100, by all means purchase these. But, if you want a pair of boots that will offer actual protection and longevity of use, spend another $50 bucks more and get something better.
March 20, 2015
Can't go wrong with these
First and foremost, I ordered these in my shoe size and they fit perfectly.
What more could you want of a pair of street motoboots? They're rigid, protective, well-built, decent-looking, and not very expensive. The airflow really kicks in around 50mph and feels awesome on warm days. With thick socks on, I can also wear these in the winter without getting cold. The shift/brake lever pads are rugged and show no wear after hundreds of miles (my bike's levers are rubber-coated).
There are just a few areas I'd like to see improved. The velcro closure should really be swapped out for micro-velcro to keep the laces from getting stuck in it and fraying. These boots could also really use pull loops at the heels to make them quicker to put on. Lastly, I wish the heel was thicker, as right now they suck to walk around in, but I know most motoboots are lousy on foot.
All in all, a solid, simple pair of boots that don't break the bank.
March 13, 2015
When I first put them on I thought "oh-no" their too narrow, but after a very short time, and although they still feel narrow, they are comfortable and don't cause any discomfort. I can wear them for hours.
March 2, 2015
I had to return my first order because I ordered a size 10(no half sizes) and it was too snug. I wear a size 10 1/2 normally. I ordered size 11 next and it was a perfect fit. I love the style despite what others say. Could not be happier
January 27, 2015
Just what I expected - and with good fit.
I would have given the boot 5 stars but for one minor problem that isn't even a problem, but an inconvenience: The velcro closure stands right in the way of tying the boots. This fact is found in many shoes w/ that feature. A little piece of velcro where the strap meets the boot would be great - for "tying back" the strap while tying. (I might start doing that myself.)
December 10, 2014
Bang for your buck, you can't beat this.
I got these as my first of real riding boots. I needed something I could wear all day which consisted of: Riding somewhere, walking around for a few miles then riding home.
These shoes were VERY uncomfortable the first 2-3 days I wore them. I got blisters, the bed felt very narrow and was smashing my pinky... It was terrible.
The weekend after I got these I just sat there for about 30m trying to stretch them any way I could. Boy am I glad I did that.
These things fit like a dream now. They're comfortable to walk around all day in. When I say all day I mean riding to somewhere, walking between 1-5 miles in them, relaxing a bit then riding home. I constantly wear these 9 hours a day and when they break in they feel .
If you can get these on sale I would HIGHLY recommend them. I don't think there's a better of shoes out there for riding around the same price as these.
December 1, 2014