SIDI Women's Livia Rain Boots
Absolutely not good with orthotics
I've worn these boots for 2 months after the salesperson (grrrr!) convinced me that a snug fit (even with orthotics) was ideal, and that the boots would stretch to mold to my feet. Such has not been the case. I chose these Sidis because they were waterproof and more vegan than any other boot available, but Sidi doesn't seem to take comfort into consideration. Advice: Don't wear socks with stitching that falls on the knuckle of your toes. Advice: Wear socks that exceed the height of the boot, or tuck leggings into the boot, lest the top of the boot rub your skin raw. Advice: When wearing armored overpants with velcro bottom clasps, make sure your boots are secured first to prevent velcro zombieism. Advice: Don't listen to salespeople; order the next size up with the knowledge that your feet will swell due to the lack of airflow and sitting on your bike for long rides.
July 7, 2015
My perfect boot
I have worn this style and its predecessor (the discontinued Jasmine) for 8 years now, and I keep buying them.
I find SIDIs to be true to size. I wear a 10 - 10.5 (long big toes), and the 43 fits me perfectly. I have a narrow to regular-width foot with a high arch, and these are a great fit for me. If you have wide feet, this boot will probably be uncomfortable.
They are quite waterproof, and the first place I usually notice any seam failure is where the rubber sole meets the the boot around the toe area. A little shoe-goo cement gets me a few extra months of life out of a pair once this starts to happen.
They are designed for riding, not wandering about, so you'll likely want a more comfortable change of footwear if you're planning on walking more than a half-mile or so. I've walked more than that while wearing them, and they tend to rub in the heel (not to mention they're too heavy for such an endeavor). Surprisingly, I get many compliments on them from people who don't realize they are a motorcycle boot.
The soles on my boots wear smooth before the rest of the boot wears out, although my shifter toe is never far behind in terms of wear. I did crash-test them once -- caught a bad bounce on a rocky dirt road and wound up with my bike pinned on my right leg, foot and knee torqued 180 degrees the wrong way. Ouch. The boot saved me from scrapes and punctures, so all I had was a sprain and some Technicolor bruising.
The price is well worth the safety and comfort these provide. As long as they keep making 'em, I'll keep buying.
May 14, 2015
overall a great boot
I bought these approximately 2.5 years ago. They are a very good boot but are not meant for extended periods of walking around. My boots have about 20,000 riding miles on them and are still great. I have noticed the heel protector starting to dig into my heel when walking around, when riding, it doesn't. They were dry during Tropical Storm Andrea while riding. I am very pleased with these boots and likely will replace them with the same when I finally wear them out.
March 8, 2014
Looks like a great product, But I am returning them for being a bit too narrow (wide-footed ladies...beware), bummer, I really like the look, they appear to be well made. The rain gator went well above the zipper. I was so excited....until I tried them on....sigh
October 8, 2013
Good rain boot
These boots kept my feet dry during a pretty heavy rainfall! These ran big in size for me; I normally wear a 7.5 and the 7 worked well for me (with a thick sock they fit perfect). Without a comfortable/thick sock you can feel the metal plate in the toe area sometimes. Zipper is stiff but if you pull the flap downwards prior to zipping that helps. I use these as my everyday riding boot rain or shine. Overall very pleased.
November 30, 2012
Good boot but not so stylish. Wish the back of boot was more flexible for walking. Digs a lttle just above the heel.
November 13, 2012