REV'IT! Ginza Boots
Better than first thought but probably too warm for TX summer
Truth is I hated these boots when I first put them on. I wasn't impressed by the finish Rev'It applied and I was annoyed by the lace fasteners (didn't look hard enough at the pics or video to notice they aren't quick lace fasteners). Worst of all, they looked like old man shoes. After realizing that must have more to do with the old man pants I was wearing, I changed over to my cool jeans (dark, almost unwashed) and these things looked so much better. Got even better once I used the included (but single use/throw away) buffing cloth to get rid of the weird wax stuff used on the leather to "age" it. Even better still now that I've worn them a couple weeks and the white sole isn't as white anymore.
Regardless of how they look, they feel solid and safe (even compared with some of my other non "city style" riding boots). They really are comfortable both on and off the bike (both an upright ADV and sportier Italian naked) as they have a great mix of torsional rigidity and necessary footbed flex for walking. The lace fasteners make them a bit slow to get on and off but once on, they stay put.
My only major gripe now that I've put a fair bit of commuting miles on them is their lack of breathability. I understand leather doesn't breath like textile (and is generally safer as a result) but even in just the high 70s outside and with typical low to mid 70's indoor office temps, my feet sweat like crazy - and while wearing breathable, non-cotton socks, too. I'm certain I'll have to put these away for the summer once it starts getting hot here in Texas. But, I'm still happy with the purchase; especially now that they've worn in a bit from their initial out of the box appearance.
May 12, 2015
Opening the box and getting ON the bike for the first time, I was very excited about this boot. Great looks for getting off the bike for social events or the office (granted a relatively casual office), great quality materials (mostly, but I'll get to that), and seemingly great protection. At first I felt very safe wearing this boot. The reinforced toe box heel and ankle feel sturdy enough for any type of riding my particular bike (Honda Shadow VLX) is capable of (no track days for until I get this first bike under my belt). The outsole's grip is fantastic, as proven by an awkward sudden stop on a wet painted arrow one rainy night. However, after getting OFF the bike for the first time (a short <10 mile ride), I noticed the sole had melted significantly and has left a long streak of burnt material on the exhaust pipe ,which, were I not riding a beater first bike, I would have to clean regularly. I am very disappointed that a premium motorcycle-specific riding boot is not heat resistant enough to hold up to the heat of a motorcycle's exhaust pipes. I held off judgement for a month and change hoping that maybe after repeated meltings the area would harden and the issue would solve itself, but it just keeps melting away, disfiguring the shape of the boot. The outsole also has worn significantly in the past month of wearing almost daily. I give it maybe 3 months tops before all the diamond grips in key grip areas on the bottom of the boot are worn completely smooth. Smooth = slick = not safe. Also, Anthony's review makes it seem like the shoe is rigid enough to prevent twisting or folding of the foot in the event of a relatively low speed crash. However after a few weeks of break-in, this boot is, and I'm not being hyperbolic here, as flexible as a Nike Free. I can easily, without much effort at all, fold the toe back to the laces and twist it into a shape I would never want my foot to be in. Unfortunately, as a new rider, I have spent so much on gear already that I'm just going to have to stick with these for now and keep my riding to low speeds. In hindsight I believe I would have been better off with a Corcoran jump boot, but in a couple paychecks I think I'll be giving the Icon Truant boot a try. Really disappointed this boot didn't work out. After watching the review, I was more excited about this piece of gear than all the rest. Bummer dudes and dudettes.
May 7, 2015
Nice casual riding boot
Good looking and comfortable boot. I have a wide foot and the fit is slightly roomy. I could comfortably wear heavy socks for a cold day. No problem shifting or braking. Not the kind of ankle protection I would want for serious riding but that's not what they are made for. Once they are broken in they should be fine for walking city blocks in style.
April 29, 2015
True to size and great color
I wear size 42 Doc's and the 42 Ginza fits great. Color is slightly darker than picture which I also liked. In my opinion worth every penny.
April 22, 2015
feel good walking around or riding. good looking.
I really like these boots. very comfortable, they look great. I believe they would offer the protection expected of a hiking style boot.
a couple of minor items kind of bug me a bit. the laces don't fit easily through the eyelets (how could that get through quality assurance) and as mentioned in other reviews, the heal pull tabs are useless because of their small size.
even with these minor items considered - these will be my commuting boots of choice.
April 20, 2015
Great styling in a motorcycle boot
I think these boots are great. A little pricy in my opinion, but I'm still glad I bought them. I don't think they look like redwings - sorry Anthony. I normally wear Clarks desert boots for street shoes, and these fill that spot very nicely. I love how they're NOT BLACK! I can wear these anywhere. The leather really is soft, supple, and frankly quite nice.
I normally wear a size 10, sometimes a 10.5. In European sizes I normally wear a 44, so that's what I originally ordered. However, I realized I should probably go down one size to a 43, and sent an email to Revzilla's customer service. They quickly exchanged the 44 for a 43 before it even shipped. Great move Revzilla, and THANKS! The 43 fits perfectly.
April 1, 2015
Order a size smaller. US 10 = 42
I haven't had a chance to really break these boots in yet, but I wanted to make sure others knew to order the size down from what they might in a regular boot. I wear a 10 in Red Wings and originally ordered the 43, but had to return for the size 42, which fit perfect.
Out of the box they look great and are exactly what I was looking for, a boot I could wear at the office and be protected on the road.
March 11, 2015
I finally gave in and purchased these boots a few weeks ago and overall I’ve been happy with them. I will say they are expensive for a basically a slightly modified high end work boot. But they are just as cool in person as in the photos/videos. I have found that they do run a bit large. Like many others have said I would recommend ordering just under your normal size. I should’ve been a 45 and I ordered that size but it was to large. I returned the 45’s for 44’s and it was a perfect fit.
When you first take them out of the box it’s extraordinary how light weight for their size. The laces are nice and beefy and that the hardware seems super sturdy and well made. The design of the boots and the finish of the leather is gorgeous IMHO. I’ve been wearing these every other day for about 2-3 weeks and I have yet to experience the powdery white stuff forming on the leather issue described by others. Rev’it! themselves included a little flyer about the powdery leather in the shoebox and they suggest to just wipe it away with a dry cloth. It would take a lot to really make these boots ugly, so really I’m not to worried about it.
If pressed to nit pick I could mention how they’re a little lacking in arch support which would make me hesitate to say “all day comfort.” However there’s plenty of room in these boots for an insole if you find the lack of support a problem. Another small gripe would be that I do have to wear caff length socks because of how raspy the liner of the top collar of the boot is. Hopefully after a few months of use I’ll wear some of the tooth off the fabric and the raspiness will no longer be an issue. One last negative, the outer ankle protector does rocker on my ankle and start to make it sore after a few hours. Kind of like having your elbow on a table for to long. An easy fix for that is thicker socks.
As far as on the bike they are awesome riding boots. The light weight makes fast foot work effortless. The double layer of leather for up-shifting is great because you feel the lever just enough to know it’s there but not so much that the top of your foot gets sore. The sole is very grippy and I feel confident when i put my feet on the ground that I’m not going to lose traction. The tread pattern also works well for keeping the foot peg in the right spot for shifting. The slight upward bend of the sole of the shoe keeps my foot from cramping up and helps with a particular bad habit of mine, getting lazy and pointing my toes down while relaxed riding. All in all I have some minor gripes but I really like the look of them and how they feel while riding.
March 2, 2015