Icon 1000 Women's Elsinore Boots
Love them and HATE them
These boots look cool and of course, finally! Something that is actually performance and has some style to it? I will try it ... even if our only option is BLACK (hey, if you don't like the yellow stitching, simply use a permanent black marker over it =)
- Adjustable side straps - you can tighten these up to fit under/over pants and according to your ankle/shin.
- Toe is reinforced in such a way that it feels "heavy duty"
- Look cool
- Ankle and shin protection lacking from some boots
- Good width at toes
- Definitely not boots for the track! (LOL)
- Heavy - you're literally carrying weights on your feet which make it difficult to walk
- Super stiff - these are like wearing ski boots at first ... very little give and difficult to break in. I've had them now about 3 weeks and they are finally starting to bend *just a little bit* ... and I wear them for 10 hour days about 4 days out of the week.
- Tread is not good for riding on a sport bike - The tread is super thick and that's good or bad depending on what you're looking for ... but I ride on my toes and the grip combined with the weight of the boot (and break-in time) makes it difficult to move my foot back and forth to shift
- Ankle/heel width is too wide ... I have a wide foot at the toe, so the toe of the boot feels better than the heel ... makes me wonder if these are actually guy boots that they are pressing out at "women's" b/c my heel is moving up and down due to the lack of boot flexibility ... I'm gonna have to buy heel inserts to prevent movement (not good !) ... Guys have a broader ankle/heel than women ... women's boots typically taper to the more narrow ankle/heel and that's why we need WOMEN's boots
... I purchased a size 10 (wear a 9 shoe) so I could be sure to get the width I needed. I think my foot would be screaming for width if I had a size 9 ... but now b/c I have a 10, there's too much room in the ankle/heel
- No arch support - wearing these walking a couple blocks or all day while at work will make your knees and hips hurt due to lack of flexibility and no support in the foot ... makes ya feel like you're flat footed ! (again, think "ski boot" with no arch support) ... I've been having knee and hip problems when I get out of these boots and have to re-balance the body through stretching and other means
COMPARED TO OTHER BOOTS:
- ICON boots typically are not performance boots for me (fit is not great for performance b/c they don't fit well in the width of the toe/ provide arch support/ don't fit well in the ankle&heel) ... my first pair were Icon which I traded in for used Oxtar (now TCX brand)
- TCX boots are too tight for me in the toe
- Dainese boots fit me the best (great foot support and are flexible) ... they are performance boots for the same price as these boots.
- Haven't been able to get to other brands in a store yet (e.g. Spidi)
MY OVERALL PERSPECTIVE:
I don't think the average rider/passenger cares about the details as do I b/c they don't need what I need from a boot.
Do your best to try before you buy ... I knew I was gambling when I purchased these boots b/c I figured I had a 50/50 chance of them actually working out. They were not in a store around me (right now, it may be different). I fell for the look ... cuz, gawd, we women have so few options when it comes to cool looking AND comfortable performance gear.
Depending on WHY you are buying, will depend on if these boots are a good choice for you ...
- These boots make my foot look 3 times it's natural size ... if you like the "goth"/"apocalyptic" look - these are good for you. My typical gear is custom kevlar pants over leggings, so the clothes I'm wearing with these boots is not a fashion issue for me ... either way (with the pants or leggings) the boots look good.
- If you are a passenger rider and you won't be walking around a lot in these boots, they should be fine.
- If you are a gal who rides cruisers, they should be fine b/c you're not riding on your toes.
- These are quickly becoming my "option" pair after I get them broken in and I'm going to buy a pair of Dainese and save my feet/knees/hips
March 20, 2014
I love the style!
It's just an amazing looking boot! My calves fit just fine after adjusting (my calves are slightly meatier than most females). They're a bit smaller than an eight should be, but I think its because, unfortunately, Icon simply made a smaller version of a men's boot. They didn't really consider a woman's foot shape, really, which makes them a bit uncomfortable.
otherwise they're fantastic boots a little on small side. But it has protection you can you feel. I just got them but I can tell they're going to last me forevet.great quality
November 13, 2013
So far, so good...
After picking these up and logging a few miles on them, I wanted to leave some input that differs from what exists out there.
I have athletic build with neither anemic nor bulging calves, and these fit fine. If you can't fit into traditional tall boots without needing the wide-calf version (think Frye's or similar), then you'll likely fit into these without a problem. They aren't very tall - low to mid-calf depending on height - and there is definitely some wiggle-room on the fit. I was also expecting a behemoth of a boot based on reviews stating their significant weight, but I don't find them to be particularly cumbersome compared to a regular pair of engineer boots. Women manage to shove their feet into tons of uncomfortable shoes - and as far as these boots go, they're definitely on the mild end of the spectrum. They're substantial but not weighty, protective but not restricting, and a little boot oil makes the break-in fly by and takes some of the obscene brightness out of the yellow stitching. If you ride in boots or protective footwear already, these will probably seem like heaven; if this is your first pair of moto footwear, they may seem a bit unwieldy.
The biggest caveat with these boots is for short women, and something I wish I had known: IF you are short and toe any of your bikes, these will lack the flex to do so. You will not be getting the ball of your foot down and flexing the mid-boot, nor will you be able to point your toes down and catch the ground. You WILL end up doing the saddle-slide or eyeballing the highest point of the road or something similar. Even after a significant break-in period, these simply don't have the flex if you have a taller bike and shorter inseam.
October 18, 2013
Kick @$$ boots
Everyone loves my boots, other women want to buy bikes just to be able to wear these kick @$$ boots. Comfy, and i feel protected.
Now I'm going to kick some @$$!
October 7, 2013
Not for those with big calves
These boots looked totally badass, so I impulsively ordered them a few weeks ago. I naturally have ginormous calves (18 inch max circumference), so most footwear doesn't fit me above the ankle. I had hoped that the adjustable buckles would fix this issue, but unfortunately that wasn't the case. If you have large calves like me, don't bother with these boots. Yes, they look awesome, but they won't fit. There are only three buckle positions, and the largest one still didn't even come close. Also, I found them to be very stiff (great from a protection standpoint, but I'm not sure I could walk in them for very long off a bike).
September 14, 2013
excellent, stylish boot
I just received mine in the mail last night and have only worn them around the house so far.
First reaction is that they're huge and heavy, but that's usually a good thing from a durability/protection standpoint. They're difficult to get my foot into and zipped up, but I'm hoping that'll become easier as they break in. They're adjustable, but difficult to adjust, so I'd recommend finding your fit and sticking to it.
Once my feet were in and zipped, I was so surprised at how comfortable the boot was. My only concern is the ankle armor potentially becoming uncomfortable during long rides (which isn't a big problem, as the armor seems to be moveable or removable). As far as airflow, my feet were uncomfortably warm within 5 minutes of wearing them around the house. I'm sure this will improve once actually in the wind, and will even be a perk in the wintertime.
They're very stiff at first and I anticipate them taking a while to break in, even while riding daily.
I'm about to take off on a weekend trip from Eugene, OR to San Francisco and Yosemite, and I'm looking forward to riding down with these great boots! I commute through the winter, so we'll see how they hold up in the PNW rain.
Overall they're on the spendy side, and I would prefer to spend that kind of money on a GoreTex or Kevlar-lined boot. Otherwise, as long as they hold up in the winter, I'd call this an excellent purchase!
September 11, 2013
Women's Icon Eslinore 1000 in Black
Not cheap but unique and NO ONE who sees them can not gush about how darned cool these boots are. And hot on chicks. Not just for ridin'. If you don't get them you will be sad you did not.
August 5, 2013