Stylmartin Indian Boots
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
I'm a 44 typically, 43 length fits fine.
Nice boots, as long as you size it right. As is typical with nearly all brands of bike boots and shoes, they are very wide. Not as bad as other companies, but it is not Dainese.
The boots look great, very understated. Much more so than even the pictures. I am very happy with the style, and also happy that these can be resoled. Solid metal toe, but ankle could be better protected.
Overall, a great boot.
September 9, 2014
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