Stylmartin Indian Boots
Best fit ever
I've never put on a pair of boots that fit this well out of the box. As recommended, I went down a size and it was exactly as advertised. Had them out on the Harley a few times but they were purchased for the soon to be delivered Thruxton R.
May 27, 2016
Breaking them in is painful, but worth it.
I bought the brown ones and was surprised to see how dark the finish is on the leather, but it will wear through quickly. I've already begun to get the 'patina' that they reference in the product videos. The laces could be more robust, but I do like the red/brown combination. The soles are excellent, best I've ever worn.
As was the case for most people, the sizing is a bit large. I wear a US 12 and I bought a Euro size 45. They fit snug out of the box, but have since stretched enough to be perfectly comfortable. Probably not a boot that's going to be friendly to people with wide feet, though.
The biggest complaint I have is the effect that the shift lever panels have. The leather is double thickness on both boots directly over the big toe. This section breaks in much more slowly than the rest of the boot, so you end up with a rigid corner of boot leather digging into the first joint of your big toe (by the foot). I had small blisters for a couple of days, but they went away after week 1.
Other than that, they've broken in nicely, breathe better than my last pair of boots, and are quite comfortable now. I like the top-quality leather and soles. For the price I think they could have given me better laces, but I'm satisfied overall.
May 17, 2016
Excellent quality - however sizing is off
I purchased my measured foot size (8.5 US) as opposed to using Revzilla's suggestions to go "one size down". It was a snug fit. If I had used Revzilla's suggestions, I would have received a shoe which didn't fit at all. I wore the shoe 2-3 times, once a week, and each time it became more painful.
A cobbler was unable to stretch it out. It's due to the waterproofing liner, or due to the thick sole. Either way, it indicates this is one fantastically constructed boot!
Be careful: The way the shoe breaks in, once you lace your foot, the lacing system seems to push your foot forward, leaving you with a crunched toe and a bit of heel slip.
I should have take the opposite advice from the Revzilla sizing recommendation, and taken my usual EU size (42/9). That would have gotten me 1 size larger than normal, and I wouldn't have had issues.
I suggest you walk around indoor as long as you can before you take the boot outside. And once you're ready to take it outside, stop. Walk around indoors some more.
April 29, 2016
Great everyday boot
These are some very nice boots for everyday on and off the bike. It took a few days of all day wear to break them in. Initially, they pinched my left foot instep where it bends across the toes. Now that is resolved. I had a chance to wear them in the rain and they did very well to keep my feet dry. The only ding against them is my feet do sweat a bit more than I would like. The first pair came - I ordered them per Anthony's recommendation a size smaller- and had to return them for a larger size. Oh Well! The great people at RZL are great about exchanges!
April 12, 2016
Worried for a second about fit, but worked out
I wear a 11.5 extra wide. 11.5 is confusing for this sizing chart so I ordered a 44. I put them on and they felt like they could get tight. I wore them for a day just to figure out if I should try to send them back or not but by that time it was too late. Luckily they broke in quite a bit and feel great now; even though my feet are very wide. The shifter protection felt like it would cut into my foot but that seemed to smooth out as well.
The style is very cool but I am patient and could have waited longer for the brown to wear off of the boot. It doesn't take long at all. I would have liked a nicer insole but it is still comfortable even though it is very thin.
April 5, 2016
Hesitant at the investment.. Not any more. well worth it..
I was hesitant to invest in such a high quality boot. For someone who has been riding for the last couple years in standard issue military boots it was a jump. 48 States and 20k miles later they are the most comfortable boot I have ever owned.
They are sized exactly as RevZilla described.
Waterproof to a point, I have had them completely soaked a few times, and once they are wet newspaper and over night is needed to dry them out.
Wish they came with better laces, but that is always easily replaced.
April 3, 2016
Great overall product
Overall it is a great pair of boots. Lightweight and extremely durable. From the first time you try them on they are comfortable. The only part that needs to break in is the extra leather for the toe shifting. Takes about a week to break in all the way, after that very comfortable. The sole is very well made, traction is great.
March 15, 2016
Super stylish w/o compromising protection
These boots are incredibly fashionable and I love the look when paired with my Triumph Bonneville. I knew I wanted boots like these, but I did not want to skimp on protection. Vintage boots, doc martens, etc just aren't built for protecting your foot on a motorcycle. Stylmartin has taken a classic style and beefed it up with incredibly sturdy construction. Foot protection is incredibly ruggedized, while ankle protection has a little flex to allow you to shift, etc. The boot takes some time to break in, but it feels even better as it does. Because it is built with lots of protection, you will lose some feel with engaging the pegs/shifter, but isn't terrible. Incredible quality construction, I imagine owning these for a very long time.
February 29, 2016