TCX Women's X-Rap WP Shoes
I would recommend if not for the airflow issue
I bought these shoes at the beginning of the 2014 season. I wear a size 8 shoe, but the X-rap run large so I ordered a size 7 and they fit perfectly with a pair of midweight cotton socks. I have a very narrow heel, but I didn't have problems with my heel slopping around or rubbing the back of the shoe. I love the vintage style and the durability. After riding with them one season, they are still a bit stiff so I don't lace up the top two holes because it's hard to shift with all holes laced (I ride a 2003 Kawasaki Z1000).
However, I cannot recommend these shoes because the airflow is dismal! Even when riding in 65F weather, my feet become so hot they feel like they're on fire. I don't normally have a problem with sweaty feet, but when I take off these shoes my feet are hot, swollen and wet. If TCX still made a non-waterproof version for women, I'd recommend them, but I haven't found any ladies' non-waterproof TCX shoes on their website anymore so I cannot.
May 3, 2015
Great protection without having to wear a full boot
I bought these in summer of 2014. I've owned multiple pairs of boots/shoes but these are by far my favorite. I wanted good heel/toe/ankle protection so I went through a few pairs of boots, all of them were uncomfortable. So I tried shorter boots/shoes but didn't get the correct support/feeling from them. These "sneakers" were perfect. They are a bit narrow and a bit long in fit then normal, so I have to wear 2 pairs of socks when riding, which actually works out, because I wear a small pair of dri-fit type ankle socks under socks that go about mid calf which eliminates the "hot sweaty foot" airflow issues as well as any rubbing they caused before I broke them in (which only took a couple of wears). I have almost a year of riding down in these now and they are still in like-new condition (construction wise). My biggest complaint about these is probably that they only come in this one color choice unlike the men's (the two tone looks like bowling shoes to me).. So I bought a bottle of suede shoe dye and just dyed them black, it was easy and they look amazing. I recommend these to everyone I talk to!
April 21, 2015
great protection and casual for everyday wear
Wanted something casual enough for daily commute to work and with full protection. This shoe seems to be the only one that has full feet protection with a casual look and feel. Full ankle support and a good level of firmness throughout the shoes.
I wish there was more airflow but I'd sacrifice that for protection any day. These protected me when I crashed so are worth the money in my book.
Ride a Rebel & FZ-09.
April 10, 2015
Comfortable and good protection.
These boots were immediately comfortable. The right ankle rubbed a little at first. But having worn them for many hours now I have no issues. Feet can get a little sweaty, but not really noticeable when riding. More noticeable when you step off the bike.
September 15, 2014
not super stylish, but quite functional
I'm liking these shoes more as I have them longer, maybe because they are getting broken in. The size on me is a little large. I don't find them to be extremely stylish, but I do like that they aren't obviously riding shoes. I haven't found them to be comfortable enough walking around that I would plan on wearing them when I'm not on my bike. However, I find them very functional when I am on my bike, shifting seems more secure with them and I like how they feel when I have to put my feet down on pavement.
July 7, 2014
Great shoes. Waterproof feature makes the not breath
Great shoes with the exception of air flow. That would be due to the waterproofing, but other than that they are awesome.
June 30, 2014
Great ATGATT gear
Ok so women's gear is hard to find in a style that we actually like. I was searching for a boot I could wear all day and not scream "HEY LOOK AT ME! I RIDE A MOTORCYCLE! AND I'M A CHICK!" I think the idea of a shoe that looks like a bowling shoe but is actually a motorcycle boot, is weird. BUT these boots look nonchalant under jeans while adding an abundant amount of protection. The first day I wore them, I also wore my overpants for the first time, leading my coworker to scoff at me and say "after all that, you're going to wear tennis shoes" which I guess is the best response I could have asked for. I think they're fine around the office all day, not as comfy as my usual flip flops, but not as stiff as full moto boots. I also skipped a hole on the lacing because it was pressing on a blood vessel or something (my foot was falling asleep on the bike) but I haven't had any issues after the modification. My only complaint is that they don't have a pad where the shifter makes contact, which leads to an obvious gray wear mark. Also be aware that since they are waterproof, they don't breathe well. I highly recommend them for people who ride every day or close to that, and who could get away with wearing one pair of shoes a lot. I do bring flip flops to work if I'm wearing skinny jeans that day, but otherwise I wear these exclusively. Mine fit true to size, both American sizing and European seem to be right.
May 22, 2014
Love these shoes!
I purchased these shoes online after having no luck shopping around for shoes, that were comfortable, stylish and protective, in shops in Sydney, Australia. I generally wear converse and vans and never thought that I could have a similar style for my bike shoes! These shoes are very comfortable, they are breathable so my feet don't get overheated and they are stylish. The only feature I wish they had is a shoelace guard on my left foot, which is a flap that goes over the front part of the shoelaces so that you don't have to worry about your gear leaver getting caught in your laces and it also provides added protection and comfort for when you change gears. However, this is just a minor thing and not really necessary. I love these shoes and have already recommended them to friends!
May 5, 2014