Speed and Strength Women's Motolisa Boots
Sexy + Safety + Affordable
These are the third, and thankfully final, pair of boots I've gotten from Revzilla on my quest to find women's motorcycle boots.
I have pretty muscular calves compared to my foot size so the Icon Women's Sacred Tall Boots were totally impossible, I could just barely get them to zip over my skin, even a sock made them unwearable. If you have skinny legs, I'd recommend them as being excellent in terms of protection -- the clear winner of the three (hard shin guard, ankle protection, excellent toe protection).
My second pair was the Joe Rocket Women's Heartbreaker Boots. I have a Joe Rocket leather jacket I adore, so I thought I'd try their boots, but I don't really have anything nice to say about them. I found the internal heel really uncomfortable and the "girly" designs to be Lisa Frank-esque and totally over the top. The embroidery was too much for me -- if you're into moto-girly, absolutely go for them. I wasn't really impressed with the safety of the boots -- nothing extra around the ankle, a lightly-padded shin without any armor, and only slightly better protection than a standard leather boot.
The Speed and Strength Women's Motolisa Boots totally shocked me at the quality for the price. First of all, the three buckles on the side are tasteful and sexy without being ostentatious. They have padding for your ankle and a harder covering around the achilles area. The shins are padded rather than armored, but it's a nice amount of padding. The toe pads are awesome and the soles are pleasantly thick, makes a difference on longer rides! They're actually thick enough it took getting used to sliding my foot under the shifter as I'm used to a much smaller toe box.
My complaints are that they're really really stiff when they arrive so they're pretty uncomfortable at first. They do break in and become more 'walkable' after a few weeks. I find they're an ok compromise for off the bike, but the toes make it pretty clear you're not wearing fashion boots. The legs are still a bit tight (the buckles will tighten in, but they don't actually loosen the boot), but that elastic panel in the back helps me get them over jeans and zipped without a problem. Finally, the snap on the right boot broke already (maybe a month in?) which is pretty lame, but likely bad luck more than anything else.
If you're looking for a good fashion/affordable/safe boot, I highly recommend these!
(Also, Revzilla was amazing to work with on my quest, so if you don't like them, they're really easy to exchange - fear not!)
May 6, 2013
Comfortable but tight in calf area
I really like these boots. They fit my feet well but do run a size small. I normally wear a 7US and got a 6US. They are tight in my calf area even with the stretch panel. As of right now I can't tuck my pants into the boot. I'm hoping that the fit will be better once these boots break in. They aren't very comfortable to walk in at the moment but they are comfortable while riding.
April 15, 2013
perfect value for money, would purchase other items
April 1, 2013
First riding boots for the wife.
When looking for riding boots for my wife I'll admit, she wasn't really too concerned with armor, sliders, and serious protection like my Sidi's; these boots won't give you that. However they have some outer ankle protection and shin padding, definitely better than just regular street shoes, and she was happy with them. The quality seems very comparable to icon.
March 12, 2013