Stylmartin Indian Boots
The REAL test is yet to come!
Well so far so good. These are my first real purchase of a motorcycle boot. I've been riding now for 14 years and I've always just used work boots for all my riding. Going back to Alaska in June and wanted a waterproof boot to wear just in case I got caught in a short storm or just didn't want to put on my gaiters. I wear a size 11 US boot and went with a 43 originally. Poor choice. They just fit and felt a little confining so I decided to return them and get the 44. These fit way better. I've been wearing them at work for the last 2 weeks and on the occasional ride to see how they are going to work when it comes to the real ride. They have just about broken in since I've been wearing them to work everyday. I don't know how these will work walking around a rally all day or if you wanted to shop for 8 hours but wearing them at work for 8 hours they are pretty comfortable. I don't know about the rain yet as I haven't had the chance to use them in wet conditions. Also, don't know how they will work in the heat of the summer. I'm wearing two pairs of socks, one light moisture wicking and one heavier and love the fit. Great choice for my first real motorcycle boot.
May 4, 2015
Looks good and feels good
Bought these to go with a pair of kevlar jeans and wanted a different style than the plastic race boots I have (A* SuperTech Rs). These guys don't feel as protective as the race boots but overall feel great and feel like they would provide good enough protection in an off; maybe not reusable protection but good enough for at least one crash where your feet are the focal point.
Style wise they are awesome and look good with jeans. Comfort is also top notch; I had an issue with the shifting pad digging into my toes the first day or two of wearing them but after a few weeks of wearing them everyday the leather has broken in nicely and now causes no issues.
Overall I'd say these were a great purchase and definitely nice to have a pair of boots that look like a regular pair of dress-ish boots and not motorcycle boots.
April 27, 2015
Good boot, not perfect for me
I purchased these Stylmartin boots but returned them. I felt like the quality was certainly there and the fit was good, especially since I expect they break in nicely. I returned them because they were not as slim on top as I had hoped. When I'm weekend riding, I don't mind boots that scream motorcycle boot. But, for riding into work, I wanted something that blended more, thus the purchase of these. However, they were still too bulky for my liking. I have a pair of Frye boots that blend better under a pair of jeans.
For someone not in an office setting and not as concerned about the slim fit, I think these are probably a great buy.
April 22, 2015
Great motorcycle boot (brown red laces)
Ok the good. They're awesome looking off and on over or under your pants. The comfort for me is about average to any boot but you do notice the built in protection at the toes and the ankles. They are waterproof I've been in them with a sprinkle and a down poor feet stayed dry. I did feel the cold after the outside of the boot was saturated though. When they're dry they're pretty warm with some thick socks. I ride an hour to and from work at night and early morning in ga where it's been down to mid 20's and by the end of the ride my toes were cold but not painfully. My cold tolerance feet, hands, and ears is very low IMO my feet and hands are almost always cold except in the summer. Idk if that helps any but I tried.
The bad or not so good. Well the first for me is a plus with the brown boots and that is they blemish or pantina super easily and quickly. They run large in size like the reviews and video say. I normally wear 11-12 and went with the 11/46 and have about a half inch of wiggle room. My feet don't slide around in them except for when I do so purposely. At first it was awkward riding in them because of that extra room but that changed quickly. The price is worth it style wise mostly if not only. The protection is there but IMO wouldn't do much more than an average regular sturdy work boot would in a crash. Well that all I have to say about them. Hope my review helped.
March 6, 2015
So I've been sporting Doc Martens for half a year now and figured I really must get myself decent boots. Figured this is one area I shouldn't skimp, went with these.
Let's talk SIZING. I am in real-world measurement supposed to be a size 8. But depending on regular footwear, I can be anywhere from 8-9. I have a Vans classics in 9 that is just a little too snug for me. I have a size 8 running shoe that is also snug as well unless I wear thin socks. My Dr Martens is 9, a little large but an in-sole with thick socks made it a perfect fit. So, basically I am 8-9. I'm guessing my feet runs a little wide which is why I have a fair discrepancy in size. I went ahead and ordered the 7/41 in these boots as per the recommendation. I was really nervous that I chose too small and would have to exchange it.
I just got it and have been wearing in for the past 2 hours, size-wise, it is perfect. Not too snug. It is basically the same as being in the size 9 Doc Martens with an in-sole and thick socks.
There is a complaint about the toe cup digging into you. Yes, I feel it. Its not necessarily the toe cup, but where the upper area passed the toe cup bends inward as you walk. This will dig in (and oddly for me its only on the left side). Luckily the boot is not too snug for me so the dig is uncomfortable but not painful. I'm sure if this boot was any tighter it would hurt like a ***** which is what is probably happening to some people. I'm also sure if I walk all day with this effect, I will not want to continue using the boots or need a large break from them. But I'm one of those people who just ride with their boots so it won't be bothering me much, as well as this is the break-in stage and theoretically that digging in should soften up or go away after break-in.
So that's my initial impression. I do like the style but I am not a fan of the lighter colored stitching where the sole meets the boot which is only on the black one. Also I would've liked the red lace instead of the green optional but that is neither here nor there since I can easily buy a different color of lace.
The fit is perfect for the size I chose so definitely follow the recommendation. So far so good, I'm digging these boots. No, that isn't a dig towards the dig.
February 16, 2015
Beautiful boots which you won't mind wearing off the bike.
If you commute by bike, want more protection than some moto high-tops offer, and plan on wearing your gear throughout the day, these boots might be what you are looking for.
I've had them for 4 months and have worn them 5 days a week, all day, since the day I got them. In terms of comfort, they are in line with a pair of hiking or work boots.
I can't vouch for their waterproofness past the 40 minute mark, but they have been ridden in the rain multiple times and have kept my feet dry.
Yes the laces are too long, but you can do a second pass through the hooks, or you can get some paracord and make them whatever length you want.
February 15, 2015
Excellent commuter boot. Has limitations.
These are a solid pair of boots that stood the test of a cross-country trip from New York to Yukon, and up the Dempster Highway to the Arctic Circle. I have put them through 10,000 miles of riding, in all types of weather conditions.
[Please note that these boots were oiled and fitted with new laces (provided) before I took the pictures. The original laces were almost completely shot.]
If I had to boil my thoughts down to one sentence, I would say that these are fantastic all-round boots, perfect for short trips and commuting, however they are not built for the extremes.
I will admit that I purchased these boots because I really like the style of them. I think the price point is a little high for what they are, but overall I'm happy with them. There are a few things to consider when buying this boot.
These boots are not advertised as waterproof, which is true. In light rain, for less than an hour, they will keep you dry, which is fantastic for commuting. I have been in 8+ hours of heavy rain, and I had to resort to plastic bags over my socks. Like I said, they aren't advertised as waterproof, so you can’t hold it against them.
They're comfortable in 90-degree heat, but they do not vent well once you're off the bike, so don't expect to be cool walking around all day — like any leather boot. I've also experienced riding in 22-degree weather, and if you have the correct socks, they're good for about an hour. After that you will start to feel the cold coming in.
The boots take a little while to break in, and can be uncomfortable during that initial period. After which, they are very comfortable. The sole of the boot is very stiff, which is important for durability and safety, but limits the comfort for walking all day. Adding a gel insole is the perfect solution for that.
Once the boot is fully broken in, be aware it will start to sag a little bit in the ankle area. I think there could have been a little bit of extra stiffness built in here, so that your ankle isn't as vulnerable to twisting. This is not something you will notice when the boot is brand new. As you can see in the difference between the product shots, and my photos (yes, mine did look brand new at one point).
My last thought is for anyone out there with size 9 or smaller feet. You will quickly notice that the leather contact patch for shifting may not line up to your shift lever (see my photos). You could try to solve this by using an adjustable shift lever. Or you can live with having a worn out toe on your left foot. I really liked that feature, and it’s too bad that it proved useless in my case.
Overall, I am very happy with this pair of boots. They will have a spot in my wardrobe for as long as they last. However, I think I will upgrade to something with Gore Tex, and more protective features, for multi-day trips and dirt riding.
January 17, 2015
Great pair of well-rounded boots
Perfect choice for my first pair of riding boots. These definitely match RevZilla's description and review of the boots. Comfortable enough to walk short/medium distances and stylish to use on a night out while still offering sufficient foot & ankle protection.
As with everyone else, the size does run slightly large. I wear U.S. size 9 to 9.5 and the 8/42 boots fit perfectly. For those who mind, the leather tends to creak rather loud in quiet settings. Otherwise, I highly recommend these boots.
January 5, 2015