Stylmartin Indian Boots
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
Pretty but expensive
These are very beautiful boots but they cost quite a lot for what they are. I've found that they maybe wear in a little too quickly, despite this being marketed as "a value" and that they're also a little uncomfortable to walk in since the enforced toe digs into your foot. Very stylish however. I usually wear a size 10 american and 43 euro; I ordered a 9/43 and the boots fit pretty well.
December 16, 2014
I bought these boots to keep my feet warm and in 30 degree temps. they did the job. The fit is great because they lace up and fit snugly against my leg. Cannot vouch for water proofness, but did not buy for that reason. Break-in is minimal.
December 8, 2014
A very nice, subtle, classic boot
This is a great boot. The sizing uncertainty is something in need of clarity. That is, there are two numbers associated with each boot's size - e.g., 11/46. The Revzilla recommendation is to go with one size smaller than you typically wear. The question is which of the two listed sizes should be the one for which you should choose to go a size down. The problem arises from the fact that EU, UK, and US sizes are not consistently coded on boots. For example, I have a Red Wing motorcycle boot that's listed as an 11.5 US and a 45 EU [which fits me tight], and I also have an Alpinestars motorcycle boot that's listed as an 11.5 US and a 46 EU [which fits me well]. I typically take an 11.5 [occasionally a 12] in a US-sized boot and a 46 in a EU-sized boot. Based on the collective information on the Revzilla site #including the reviews# I wasn't sure whether I should go with a 10.5/45 or an 11/46. I went with the 11/46 and I'm glad that I did. My recommendation to buyers would be to go with the EU-sized boot that you typically wear [for me, a 46] and not one size down from THAT number. The first of the two numbers - in my case the "11" - is the one that should be one US size smaller than you typically wear. These Stylmartin's at size 11/46 are slightly larger than my Alpinestars at 11.5/46, but not so much larger that I should have bought these boots in the 10.5/45 size [which would have been tight].
December 4, 2014
Great fitting boot! Style and the list goes on.
This boot is a must buy!
November 3, 2014
Not comfortable for walking
I would not buy this product a second time, therefore I cannot recommend it. They fit just like our man Anthony says they do, they are very light weight (as in feeling them on your feet, not like concrete boots), very stylish, good traction, but wearing them around is brutally painful and will make you want to cease walking immediately. Specifically, the toe cup region. As you walk, the bend digs into the top of your foot around about the point where your phalanges meet the metatarsals (toes meet your foot) *I googled that. This makes for a painful break-in, I am hoping they improve as they break in or they will occupy space in my closet as a stylish overpriced Italian boot. They are warm (30min ride in 45* weather) and so far waterproof (light to moderate rain, not flyfishing/wading in puddles). They are also very noisy. I commute daily and wear my riding boots around work, and these creek more than a doorway to a haunted house. If it were not for the toe cup issue, I would whole heartedly endorse this boot as the style, temperature management, and light weight are great. My feet run hot, and these kept me warm when needed to be warm, and cool when needed. If you change out of your riding boots at work, or just want a riding boot, consider these. Any amount of walking, even from the gas pump to the c store and you'll wish you rode inside.
October 27, 2014
Expensive, but good value
Similar to others experience, the Indian boots run large. I normally wear 10.5 US. I ordered a 44 which is a 10 in this boot. Fit is perfect even when wearing hiking socks. Fantastic detail to fit and finish.
September 20, 2014