Joe Rocket Heartbreaker Women's Boots
Very happy riding and walking
I read a lot of reviews of these boots before buying them. I was skeptical of the built in wedge since I never wear heels of any kind. But I do like to have a couple extra inches to help maneuver my bike around.
Riding: I bought these boots specifically to ride - I have a Harley Road King and my newest bike is a BMW. At 5'6" I like having a little extra bend in the knee. Riding with these was a bit odd at first, since my heel is high, I really have to point my toe down a lot to press the rear brake (on the Beemer). The height of the sole and toe is low profile though, so it fits under the shifter fine. I've been riding for over 20 years, and ride a lot.
Fit: I wear US size 8.5 and have narrow feet and small calves. These in size 9 fit beautifully. I cinched the top strap as much as I could, overlapping the elastic V at the back. This caused the velcro strap to overlap the velcro zipper cover. I trimmed the strap and resewed the part I cut. If you have larger calves, this won't be an issue. I weight 140.
Walking: As I said, I am a flat shoe girl, yet these are good to walk in. Once I got used to the feeling of being on "heels", it felt fine. I have walked around quite a bit, but not an entire day. (That is what flip flops in the saddle bag are for)
Overall I like these so much I am tempted to buy another pair in case they stop making them.
August 23, 2016
Great for shorties like me
I was looking for a boot with a tall enough heel so I can reach the ground firmly on my bike. I never was a fan of chunky style boots so I loved the look of these. I wear them pretty often and not just for riding and other than one loose thread they've held up nicely.
August 2, 2016
Not my style
I purchased this item, because I have big calves and I'm only 5'1. I tried them on and they felt uncomfortable. I did not see any added height and protection seemed minimal. Material seemed really cheap also. I took them off and returned them. I later purchased they Dainese Avant Race Women's Boots a size larger and added a wedge inside to met my required height on my bike.
For anyone who is looking to purchase a boot with style and comfort for height reasons...I would recommend purchasing a boot you like and just add a wedge. I purchased "a insole Lift Kit" from Amazon for $10.00 and it did its job.
June 27, 2016
Love the look!
I normally wear an 8-8.5 but based on other reviews I went a size up. They were a bit snug but easy to break in with thick socks. I love the look!
May 24, 2016
Just what I needed
One month in, I'm still glad I listened to the positive reviews on this one - these boots are just what I need functionally and they look good too. Having larger (size 9 Aus/US) and wider feet, I'm also glad I listened to the 'buy a size up' advice.
Out of the box, there was a few loose threads and wonky stitches, but these are comparitively cheap and the materials are still good, so I'm not so bothered by the imperfections. I haven't had any issues with velcro, seams, or zippers. Once broken in, they are extremely comfortable - and I don't otherwise wear heels.
I recently bought my second bike, a 200kg, 81cm-high-seat sports tourer, and I was on tippy toes sitting on it. I could not hope to reverse it if I was on a slight incline. With these boots, my feet are firmly planted, I feel confident when stopped and when reversing.
May 23, 2016
poor recommendation from Revzilla
From the second these came out of the box, they looked cheap and poorly constructed. The tag had been removed prior to arrival so apparently someone else thought they looked terrible too. There were fraying threads coming out of the zipper enclosures and a couple seams. The zipper was extremely stiff and I had difficulty pulling it up. I generally wear a 6-6.5W; there are no half sizes but the 6 fit ok in the length. However, the footbed was so narrow my feet were spilling over the sides and I wasn't sure how stable I would be. The size 7 was just too long. Despite the sizing difficulties, the heel felt pretty comfortable.
I am a shorty. I got these boots based on a Revzilla sales agent recommendation who insisted that the high heel would give me a better reach on the bike, even though I stated that I was on my toes and wanted a boot with a chunky sole (just don't have $400 to cough up for LadyStars). These boots are worse than useless. There is no added height under the footbed. They are so stiff they actually made the reach more difficult because of the thin sole and the fact that I couldn't flex my feet into a stable position. I only sat on the bike and never took these out riding because they did not feel safe. I also dropped the bike as I was testing out the boots and discovered the other failing of this boot. With my heels elevated a few inches off the ground and only being able to ground into my toes, I had no leverage to pick up my 360 lb sportbike. Fortunately I wasn't out on the road so I only had to swap the boots for a pair of sneakers and up the bike went.
I know other women don't feel this way but if you are not already firmly on the balls of your feet and just need an inch or two to flatfoot the bike, then DO NOT get these boots and pay no mind to the undoubtedly tall sales agent who tells you to buy them. Chunky logger/combat boots work much better for me.
April 21, 2016
Good style and materials
When I tried them the first time they were very tight in my instep. I have problems with boots for that normally so I knew it will be better after a couple of tries. Finally it happened, the boot is adapting to my feet and it feels very comfortable. It is tight as it supposed to be. I´m 8.5 and asked for a 9 size and fits perfectly!
April 20, 2016
I love these boots but...
I have large calf muscles (21") and slim ankles and these boots fit my calves, the only mid length boot I have found yet that does!
They are feminine and attractive, and with a pair of black riding jeans I can wear these (comfortably) all day in the office or out to dinner. Comfy enough to walk reasonable distances in. Never got a blister from them, even when they were new.
I have had issues with the zips on both boots, when the metal loop that hold the pull tag on the first one broke (metal fatigue?) after only a couple of weeks of wear I assumed it was a one off issue with that zip, I had that part of the zip replaced by a cobbler, this morning (less than 3 months of wear) the zip on the other boot broke in precisely the same manner. This has added $60 to the price of my boots. Joe Rocket did offer to replace the boots if I provided proof that I had destroyed this pair, but waiting for shipping to Australia plus the cost of shipping meant that it was cheaper to fix them.
And a little niggle. When riding in wet (but not raining) conditions the toes literally fill with water until there are puddles in the toe of the boot even when there isn't enough water to cause puddles on the road.
April 5, 2016