Stylmartin Indian Boots
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
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