Stylmartin Miami Riding Shoes
LOVE these shoes!
I'm new to motorcycling, and I've purchased a lot of equipment since I started riding (jackets, gloves, armor, shoes, etc.).
Of all the stuff I've purchased, these shoes just might be my favorite.
Why? It's a combination of fit (these do run large, but I guessed correctly the first time and the fitment is absolutely perfect for me), weight (the shoes are heavy, but in a good way, and I feel that they will protect me adequately if I'm ever involved in a crash), toe box (based on all the reviews I read, I was afraid that the toe box would not be adequate, and that I would likely return them for that reason; I was very pleasantly surprised to discover that those fears were not warranted, at all) and overall style (the photos of this shoe do not do it justice; it looks extremely cool in real life, and that doesn't necessarily translate in any of the photos that I've seen).
At the time I purchased these, I also purchased a pair of Icon Truants, and a pair of TCX X-Streets.
I rejected the Icons because they felt like Frankenstein boots. They were too heavy, and too "massive," for lack of a better term. I obviously did not use them on my bike, but I imagined I would have a hard time with shifting feel simply because of the heft of the shoe.
I rejected the X-Streets because they felt too flimsy in comparison to the Stylmartins. While the X-Streets do look cool, the leather seemed somewhat fragile, and I imagined them being marred and/or ripped quite easily. And the toe box simply lacked the structural rigidity of the Stylmartins.
Also, I don't know what material Stylmartin used for these shoes, as I've never seen anything quite like it anywhere else, but I would describe it as THE PERFECT material to use for a motorcycle shoe of this class. It feels so durable.
Probably most importantly, I love the way the shoes feel when I'm riding. I've probably ridden at least 500 miles in these, and they show no signs of abnormal wear, even on the toe box. I also love the sole of the shoes. The "nubs" grip the foot pegs nicely. They just sit well, and feel awesome. They somehow find that perfect balance between too lightweight/too flimsy, and too heavy/too much like cinderblocks.
While I did give the shoes mediocre marks for breathability, who cares? I don't think the shoes are intended to be super-breathable, and they are NOT uncomfortably hot.
I will DEFINITELY be buying another pair of Stylmartins based on my experience with this shoe. It is a great value for the dollar.
July 26, 2015
Good Light Stylish Riding Boot.
I bought these as an alternative to the hiking boots I wear in warmer weather. They're light enough to wear casually but have enough form to protect adequately from slides.
The tongue feels awkward when pulling them on, but it's not noticeable when riding. Fit is normal and the quality is high.
February 3, 2015
Good for the City
I bought these for short rides around Bangkok that involve a lot of walking off the bike. I was specifically looking for a normal-looking CE-rated shoe that would be comfortable riding and walking in the heat and humidity, and that did not have a water-proof membrane (I find they're never really that breathable, especially in footwear). This was the only shoe I could find that fit the bill.
After 2 weeks of daily use I'm pretty happy with the purchase. They are considerably less bulky and more comfortable to walk in than my CE-2 rated short boots, and the soles provide good traction even on slick surfaces. Of course the protection isn't as substantial as the heavier boots either, but they're a good trade off of comfort and walk-ability for urban rides.
Style-wise they easily pass for regular retro hi-top sneakers, and the protective features aren't noticeable at all. I appreciate that branding is kept to a subtle minimum. The pictures make these look like two-tone grey and black, but in person they are a more uniform black, with a subtle textural contrast between the canvas, (synthetic?) suede, and rubber panels. My 45s are true to size.
One complaint I have is that the design leaves several frayed edges of the canvas material exposed. I burnt these areas down with a lighter, but it looks like the fraying will return quickly with more use. There is also some excess material inside the shoe where the base of the tongue is attached, which tends to bunch up when putting them on and rub my foot for the first few minutes I wear the shoes. It usually flattens out on its own after a little walking, and I stop noticing it. The price is also a little steep compared to competitors, but few other shoes in this category hold the CE rating.
Overall I'm satisfied, and would buy other Stylmartin products, particularly if they release a CE-rated and non-waterproof version of the Indian.
April 13, 2014