TCX X-Rap Gore-Tex Shoes
They fit my my Hobbit feet
I was skeptical; an Italian shoe manufacturer that runs a bit big? No, that can't be true, can it? Sure enough, they are.
I'm digging these shoes; they are a great alternative to big, clunky boots.
The insole is rather thin. And while a new footbed isn't absolutely required, it will go a long way towards more comfort. I've been wearing my shoes now for a few weeks without an insole and they've been great. A new footbed is coming soon.
I love the higher cut of the boot. The additional hi-viz laces are a nice touch. I'll be curious to see how they wear as weird wrinkles are starting develop.
It's been said; these are Goe-Tex and they don't breathe supper well. Just well enough. Mighty nice style to them, too. A wee bit pricey, though that's due to the Gore-Tex fabric, no doubt.
May 7, 2015
Great for broken bones!
I have had trouble finding a comfortable riding shoe or boot because I recently broke my fibula. One ankle is now larger and still too sore for the manufacturer to dictate exact size with a zipper. The laces give me the flexibility to loosen that "left!" recovering ankle for perfect fit and get back in the game. My left ankle is so swollen I need a slightly longer lace on that boot. The inserts are cheap, they all are, so were the inserts in my $600 Sidi Crossfire 2's. I use the "dr scholl's massaging gel extra support insoles" with the orange plastic bottoms for $18.99 in all my shoes and boots, the other dr sholes are lousy so write it down. With the inserts, these are perfect 5 star casual riding boots. I tried a few of the S&S, Dainese and Alpinestars SMX 6 and 1, these were the best fitting and most comfotable.
May 6, 2015
Excellent riding shoe
I wear American size 10 shoe, but my feet are actually size 10+ and slightly wide so I ordered these in size 44. They are a perfect fit for me, very comfortable during riding and walking. At this time of year in Texas air flow has not become a problem yet so I can't really say what they will be like in a very hot climate but my other gore-tex items are generally comfortable until it gets into July-August here. My only initial complaint about the shoes was the inconvenience in lacing, probably because I am used to zippers and velcro, but when I figured out it takes me about 20 extra seconds to lace up it would be crazy to complain because of that.
I think these are fine shoes, well made, and quite attractive. I haven't ridden in the rain yet so I can't comment on that aspect but I would recommend them to people looking to buy new riding shoes.
April 13, 2015
Well, the very first time I wore these a drunk driver plowed into me and these shoes saved me from serious injury, so as far as I'm concerned they are AWESOME!
They look great (like old school skate shoes) and are very comfortable. You can definitely wear them out walking around in comfort, and they are stylish so they go with just about anything i would wear.
The medics had to cut them off my feet, sadly, so I'm going to order another pair.
April 13, 2015
Comfortable and stylish
I gave these a try because I had not seen a product like it before and was shopping for a narrow thickness boot that fit the controls of a sport bike. These have a thin-ish toe profile that works well for sport riding and are also very comfortable. They offer a lot of protection too. The smooth sole is very nice to shift your feet around on the pegs and the compound has good grip if you like to use the tip of your pegs. I was worried about the lace system being a bother to get in and out of but once you get them broken in a bit they are not too much trouble to get out of and lace up in a hurry. Only the top three eyes need to be loosened to take off so lacing up is a snap. They work well with jeans and if you like to be incognito about your mode of transportation they blend in well with casual clothes.
March 24, 2015
Great pair of riding shoes
I usually wear a size 10 or 10.5, but I bought a size 9 and they fit great. Like others have stated, they are a bit wide and while standing they sort of bulge out a bit from the sides. This makes them look a little different than when they're off your feet. Still look good though.They come with an extra pair of highligther laces. Heat-wise, decent breath-ability, but you're still wearing a water-proof shoe... Quality is top-notch and they offer good protection considering it is a shoe that you're able to wear off the bike for extended periods of time. Would buy again!
March 19, 2015
Great Italian made riding shoe. Excellent quality and a great look. I took advice from another review and purchased a set of insoles which I believe is a must. They come with a wafer thin insole that doesn't cut it with the firm nature of the soles which would be typical of riding shoes. That would be the only negative I could say. They have a supportive boot feel but still very comfortable to walk in. I bought an equivalent to a size 11 with the insole in mind and feel the fit is perfect for me. I typically buy 10.5 -11 depending on fit I have fairly narrow feet and these seem to run medium in width. I wouldn't go a full size larger but would recommend maybe a half at most.
I wear these shoes when I ride my 2012 triumph tiger 800xc
March 9, 2015
Best option for a riding shoe meets street fashion but could be better...
Overall, a fairly stylish shoe that I can leave on when off the bike. Nice leather and neutral color. Comes with extra laces in volt color if the grey/white combination is a bit boring for you. Protection from both the elements as well as impact seems good. The shoes do run a bit large. I usually have 13 and ordered these in a 47 which works fine. Now on to the parts that could be improved. As mentioned by other reviewers, the insole really is ridiculous. It offers the comfort of a thin sheet of paper. If you can afford a $230 pair of shoes you can buy some insoles but you shouldn't have to. Once you fix that, they are pretty comfortable. The other thing I am not sure works for me is the fast lacing system. Nothing fast about it. And at a size 47, the laces are actually pretty short. If you open them up to get into the shoes, the laces slip out of the top 2 eyelets.
All in all, still a great choice compared to what else is out there. Highly recommended.
February 9, 2015