Stylmartin Indian Boots
The more I ride in them, the better I like them.
As everyone says, this boot comes one full U.S. size large. I converted my US size (11) to a Euro size and then mistakenly ordered one Euro size down.....what I ended up with was a 1/2 U.S. size too large. That was my first disappointment. The next was that the insole is virtually flat. There is no arch support. So, while you're on the bike they work great. Off the bike they were uncomfortable to walk in because of the flat insoles. They are waterproof but breathable is, I'm sure, a relative term so they are hot in the summer. They are also a substantial leather boot that really requires some break-in.
Another note; "quickly develops a patina" is marketing code for "the leather isn't dyed all the way through". Absolutely any scraping or scuffing (such as the gear shift pad) and you are through the dye and into the light colored leather beneath. I know that it takes time for leather to soak up the dye so that it entirely penetrates full grain leather. Most suppliers don't take the time because it increases the cost of the leather. Still...I can always add polish to renew the finish, if necessary. This is not too big of a deal to me, and I'm sure some will welcome the "patina".
So what I did was to make lemonade out of lemons....I added some Super Feet insoles and that took up my 1/2 size extra space and I now have a comfortable insole. Since I've gotten them they have broken in and they are a much better boot than when I got them.
I just returned from a 1,700 mile trip through the Arkansas and Missouri Ozarks (a huge amount of fun!) on a Triumph Speed Triple and I wore these boots the entire trip with a thin pair of Under Armour socks to wick sweat. As I said, they are a substantial boot and the support and security offered on the long trip was very welcomed. The more I wear them, the better I like them.
The Indians are a very good looking pair of boots (I like the red lace option), and now that they are broken in they are an excellent fit and they are comfortable...thanks to the Super Feet.
If you are thinking about these boots, I would deliberately order a 1/2 size large and fill them with Super Feet inserts. You won't regret that.
August 24, 2014
This boot is good quality boot, stylish, and breaks in fairly quick. They run large so buy down a size.
August 18, 2014
True to Euro Size
I can confirm that all of the other reviews are on point. My size 43 boots fit great, just like my Euro43/US10/UK9 Dr. Martens Steel Toes. They work well on the bike and look great, and the vibram soles are really comfortable. The protection is not the best as mentioned before, particularly because the location of the ankle protection is not located well. They are pricey too, but are a great option for an on/off bike boot that doesn't look out of place. To me it was worth the trade off.
August 18, 2014
Excellent Boot for a Niche Category
I should preface this that I've owned and ridden in everything from a pair of black moto 9's which are little more than beefy sneakers (no toe/ankle or malleolus protection) to supertech R's.
The Indians, when wearing a full size down are the best fitting boot I've owned. I would say they're closer to maybe 5/6'' a size down, but fit my 10.5 E foot nicely in the 9.5, there's virtually no slop anywhere but still a smige in the toe box which will break in for a bit more room.
In short, I can see myself riding in these for many years.
So what makes the Indian special? Well it's no one area that it excels at but rather does everything good to excellent.
The market for 'boots that don't look like boot's' is pretty small, and in the market the Indians were the only boot that offered the full spread of protection while looking the least like an actual boot.
It's maybe this area that the Indian pulls ahead the most. Aside from the shifter pad these look like a pair of redwings or similar high quality boot. There's nothing else really that can match it in this particular regard from my searching.
Protection wise, the sole(which is replaceable=bonus!) is about as twist resistant as my SMX-6 boots, and the ankle and toe boxes are similarly well protected. If I had one gripe it's that the malleolus protection is weak, the plastic only a bit larger than a half dollar.
However, as the saying goes, good protection is protection you wear every day, and this is also where the Indian excels again. The boot is small enough to not be a hindrance to riding my 300 which has a small area for the shifter/heal peg. It's small and comfortable enough to walk around in all day, and this is a bonus compared to the sport boots I've had before which actually made shifting difficult and possibly dangerous, and walking almost a robotic function.
The fact that it's a waterproof design, which so far in 85F weather has proven to be a non-issue?
Cherry on the top.
To sum up,
These boots look excellent
offer the protection you need for everyday riding
and most of all, they're boots you'll want to wear, instead of boots you throw on because you think you *should* wear them.
at $300 they're a bargain.
August 13, 2014
Highly reviewed and not disappointed.
Shipping from Revzilla is amazing, North NJ is close to Philadelphia but I still didn't expect to get them next day with regular shipping.
The boots hit all the marks for $300. Just unboxing them left me completely impressed with their quality of finish. The patine oil is breaking in nicely and this boot should age very well. I am huge on the speed laces for the ease of taking on and off the boot, even lacing half the boot up feels comfortable. Also I am able to wear these boot all day without pain or discomfort. They are still boots and not as comfortable as a sneaker, but these kill in terms of being able to ride anywhere and not feel pain when I walk around for the rest of the day.
July 29, 2014
Fantastic fit and WATERPROOF!
Great looking boot! Had it on numerous rides and the boot is very comfortable both on and off the bike!
July 28, 2014
High style and great protection
This is a great boot for daily commuting. They offer excellent protection and are easy to walk around in, so can stay on even after the ride. Best of both worlds. My only complaint is that the laces are too long. Yes, StylMartin includes 2 sets of laces with the boot (awesome), but they are way too long and will force you to cut them or get new ones. I guess that is just in case you have really wide feet. Small gripe.
June 30, 2014
Tons of Style, Ounces of Protection
I bought these to replace my worn out Redwing steel toe boots. Nice looking boot, great leather, NOT made in China (Slovenia, actually) are all great qualities. However, I sent them back because I was disappointed in the level of protection. The toe cap seems adequate, but the ankle protection is more of a suggestion than substance. I was prepared to sacrifice some protection for style, but in the end I think my old Redwings offered more support. Still a nice boot, lots of style and more protection than some other options, just not enough for me. No joke on sizing, it does run one size big!
May 15, 2014