Stylmartin Legend Boots
Good looking, yes; All day comfortable, we will see
Let's get the obvious out of the way. The boots look good. No great, but good. They will easily fit in any time or place it is appropriate to wear jeans. They get marked up with typical riding, but that is expected and they still look good.
I wear a size 10 to 10.5. After following Revzilla's video recommendation of going down a size and then having to return those boots as I could barely get them on, I went with my indicated size on the chart. Much better, but not perfect. I wonder if the manufacturer has American-ized their sizes since the video review by Revzilla was released.
As for comfort, I have worn them on the bike about 6-7 times so far. I wore them around the house for about 15 minutes before the first ride. They were tight all around the foot initially, but now they are only tight in the toe box. Not too tight, just quite snug. Not sure I could walk in them as much as some of the reviewers ('all day in the office') but for upwards of two hours on the bike, they have now broken in to an acceptable level. As they seem to get more comfortable with each ride, I am hopeful the boots will continue to break-in. I am slightly concerned that the toe box has stopped breaking-in (if it ever did) given the obvious hard shell (and inflexible) protection there.
As for warmth, I have ridden in highs of 78F to lows of 42F, including rain. Just fine at the top end with very light socks. However, my toes began to get rather chilly after an hour at 42-44F, even with warmer socks. Can't imagine they are warm enough for a long tour below 45F (at least not without wool/heavy winter socks), but this is speculative on my part.
The top of the boot comes up to the bottom of my calf, perhaps 1-2 inches above that (I am 6'1', 32 inch inseam). Regular length inseam jeans, even when on the bike, reach below the top of the boot by 3-4 inches so coverage/wind protection isn't an issue. No water infiltration noticed either.
Finally, the ankle protection is not intrusive for me. I am a very tough fit for ski boots due to larger or slightly displaced ankle bones; I am happy to report neither boot's ankle fit is an issue.
Overall, I would recommend these for anyone trying to avoid an obvious racer-boy look. They seem safe, look good, seem well-built and are reasonably flexible in terms of climate. Just note that - at least for me - I need to unzip them all the way to the footbed. This necessitates unbuckling the ankle buckle each time I put them on or pull them off. A minor and frustrating extra step. Otherwise, as a good-looking boot you can safely wear on the bike in much of the weather we see in the upper mid-west during bike season, I would recommend them.
November 2, 2015
I originally purchased the Icon 1000 Elsinore Boot and eventually gave in to peer pressure when literally every person I knew made fun of them. The Stylmartin Legend offers as much protection with 1000x the style. They fit perfectly, are suitable for use as rain boots, look fly, and offer sufficient protection on the road. I highly recommend these boots.
September 28, 2015
Awesome boot on and off the bike!
The Legend is a great boot and I'm loving it. Went from a BMW Pro Tour boot to this as I wanted a boot with a little more beef to the sole and a more regular looking boot - vice a sport tour oriented design. This boot looks perfectly "at home" whether i'm on the bike or walking around. I've worn them through some 95F/sunny summer days in Los Angeles, and they felt warm but not overly hot. Haven't had any rain - so no idea on how that waterproofness will be just yet. They felt true to size, so I wouldn't agree with buying a full size down as the video recommends...I typically wear a 9 US shoe due to feet width, but lengthwise, I should be an 8.5US. That puts me in the middle between 41-42 Euro - so I got the 41s and they feel just right. The craftsmanship and materials of the boot are outstanding. They took of couple days to break in during my daily commutes/walking to/from the parking areas. I think b/c I'm on a sport tour (K1600GTL), it was a little harder for me to get my toe under the shifter so that the extra patch on top of the boot was underneath the peg on upshifts. Once they broke in, it seems to be a little less effort. Part of the cause is the bigger toebox, and part is the peg adjustment and orientation.
September 14, 2015
i just repacked this boot after trying them on. i ordered a size down after watching video review of boots. I wear a size 11 US or 44 EURO. I ordered 43 EURO 10 US and they where to small. other then that i like the look and feel of the boot. can't wait to get the right pair in!!!
July 14, 2015
Excellent Cruiser Boot
Wanted a good quality boot, and got one. Extremely comfortable, perfect fit. I did go with the size down technique and had to return them for one size up. I wear US 12-12 1/2, foot is a little wide, the 46 fits perfect. Looks good, jeans fit down over no issue.
July 1, 2015
Took me a week and some insoles before I liked these boots.
These boots had rave reviews, and they looked outstanding, so I was excited to buy a pair. I went with the black just to match my other gear. Sizing was spot on what the video and others had to say: I wear a size 11 for most boots and shoes, and ordered a 44. They felt a *bit* large, but once I stuck some arch-support insoles in there with my Costco wool socks, the foot portion fit much better. The upper portion rattled around a bit, but I'm not used to wearing high boots (no cowboy boots... not ever). That simply took a little getting used to. Now, the boots are really comfy, fit great either under or over jeans, and under my overpants. Walking around and down stairs is pretty stiff, but again, I'm not used to high boots. The soles are pretty thick, so had to get used to the feel of my Triumph T100's rear brake and shifter through them, which took me a week or two. I used to wear Doc Martins, which offered no protection, but had more "feel" due to the thinner soles. All in all, I now love these boots. I tromped around the house for two days right after I got them, seriously considering returning them, but glad I didn't.
June 12, 2015
Great Style, Very High Quality!
Some of the nicest boots I looked at and tired on. Yes, they do cost more than some similar styled boots but defensively higher quality. I'm sure they will last for a long time.
The video review and the other customer reviews are spot on.
I typically wear 9.5 or 10 US size shoes, and decided to order the 42 euro size, its Perfect! The width is also on the medium side maybe slightly narrow but it works great for me.
I'm very impressed with the quality, the liner is excellent, very soft. They are a little more flexible then I expected, most riding boots and race boots I have are slightly stiffer. I think this will be an advantage when being off the bike.
Also, I think these will be best when the weather is under 70 C. For the summer riding I might have to wear something else.
My wife loves the look of these boots, she usually makes fun of me when I have my race suit on. These will look great on the cruiser and the vintage bikes.
Before writing this review I took an 2 hour ride on a XV1900S and I'm very impressed with the boots. Controls are easy to operate and the boot isn't too thick so getting under the shifter is no problem, I didn't need to readjust the controls.
Revzilla makes ordering easy and the video reviews help narrow down my selection.
Free shipping, tax free, exchange if needed, what else can I say :)
May 8, 2015
First, let me say clearly that I received the product that was advertised. My rating is not about Revzilla or about any false advertising, and the reason for my rating is one that is subjective. I think these boots are fantastic in all ways save one. They are durable, stylish, and I think they will offer great protection. However, it will be a rare day when I slide these on due to the way that the zipper and side buckle are designed. I have a high arch, so perhaps flat footed people will not have a problem with this. I cannot get my foot in the shoe unless the zipper goes all the way down. Should be simple, right? Just lower the zipper. But no. Stylmartin decided to place a leather belt buckle across the zipper. So, in order to lower the zipper you must undo the buckle. At present, that buckle is difficult for me to manipulate when I am already in full gear. Perhaps it will get easier with time, but I suspect I'll never know because I am unlikely to deal with all of this; instead choosing to regularly wear a different boot. As a result of this I have already ordered (but not yet received) a pair of Daytona's. I carefully examined them an determined they did not suffer from this design flaw. While the Stylmartin's are stylish, they are not so stylish that I think I'll occasionally say "what the heck, let's take an extra 5 minutes per boot to put them on". I suspect I'll always defer to another boot that is easier to put on and take off, and these boots will just sit in the closet. As they cost a pretty penny, I'm sure guilt will make me wear them occasionally, and I can only hope they get easier to work with. But, knowing what I know now, I would not have purchased these. I post this here so that the future potential buyer has the knowledge I lacked, should it make a difference in your decision.
February 16, 2015