TCX X-Street Waterproof Shoes
Sad to give negative review :(
Ok, I say "sad" because I pride myself in my ability to use Revzilla, webBikeWorld, and online forums to research my bike products before I buy online. And nearly always, the product I finally decide on is COMPLETELY FRIGGIN' AWESOME, because I put so much research into it.
This purchase was more of a snap decision. I didn't really "need" this so keep in mind there may be some buyer's remorse in my tone since I never wear these. But here me out.
I felt like I was on solid ground, buying these without much thought, because they were from TCX. And because the related non-waterproof shoes, and this one, have outstanding reviews on Revzilla.
Just to clarify, my other pair of dedicated motorcycle boots are a taller pair of black leather goretex boots FROM TCX that I will recommend at the end, and I am totally satisfied with them and have gotten many, many miles from them.
Those OTHER boots are possibly the single best-value purchase I've made in Motorcycle apparel, wait, DEFINITELY the best were those big black boots from TCX. (I get 4 seasons, just barely, with careful sock manipulation, in Austin, TX, meaning 35 degrees Far. to 110 degrees no joke.)
So I assumed these denim-lookin' shoes would also be amazing. Now do you believe I'm being as honest as I can?
Ok, gripes immediately out of the box:
The "denim" ones I got don't look half as cool in person. They seem a tiny bit... dorky. Like, something my dad (he's 65) would wear and kind of gesture at, like "hey look aren't my new shoes cool?"
They build quality is high as I would expect from TCX - fit and finish are good - it's more the styling I immediately question.
Also, my doubts grow when I notice how little armor they contain.
Once I put them on my doubts are confirmed. Very little of my body actually feels more "protected." I didn't expect platemail boots but this is a bit sketch.
I take a step. uhh....
The lift in them seems exaggerated. And I'm not tall, so I like every inch I get, but I feel weird and off-balance in these, like my ankle is going to roll too easily. Major points off in my book.
Short socks are TOO SHORT, LONG SOCKS ARE TOO LONG. GOD, this is really annoying to me. I guess I just haven't worn high tops in a long time.
That's not good because when my bare leg and sweaty socky foot rub against the inside in summer it feels gross and hot. NOW I know gore-tex stuff has limitations, the BIG boots I have are gore-tex and I've used 'em in summer so I know. believe me, I know.
But I guess, these shoes aren't sure in the end what they want to be, and that's why I NEVER find myself reaching for them.
If they're short, maybe they should give up on protecting from the elements, and just focus on relieving you from heat and somewhat protecting your skin.
In the end, you're left with a semi-dorky-looking, too-hot-for-summer, waterproof, leather, not-particularly-protective shoe that's bad for walking in and wouldn't keep you warm in the winter. A winner? You decide. Heck take mine once you dust 'em off.
Complaining about these was fun.
May 21, 2013
Stylish and comfortable!
The shoe performs really well in damp situations keeping my feet completely dry and protected. Saying that, the tread pattern leaves something to be desired on slippery surfaces. I definitely recommend them to anyone wanting a general kicks look but still wanting the protection of a boot.
May 21, 2013
Great riding shoe
This shoe hits all the right points I need in a casual commuter; style on and off the bike, comfort and protection.
May 20, 2013
This product has great features.
These are a great pair of riding shoes instead of wearing sneakers. They are perfect for those days when you are riding and doing a lot of walking as well. They look and feel like a pair of vintage sneakers, but they do have protection in the toe, heel and ankle.
May 14, 2013
Best around town riding shoes
The style is better than the leather Converse. The sole construction and protection in these shoes are great for urban riding, yet very comfortable to walk around all day off the bike. They are the best for all around daily in-town use.
These shoes are wider than expected at the toe area, which make them very true to the size. I got a pair of black and waiting to buy a pair of blue when they are available.
May 14, 2013
I love theses things. They actually fit! I wear a sz 13 and my feet are as wide as they come. I will probably order an additional pair!
May 13, 2013
Style, comfort, everyday wear-ability.
For the rider who's not looking to scream to the world that he rides, and for the rider who's looking for everyday street protection with added style and "regular-shoe" comfort, these shoes are the perfect match. I can and often do wear them even when I'm not riding. They look terrific with a pear of jeans.
Although these are technically boots and contain riding-specific protection in the heel, ankle, and toe, they look and feel like casual old-school chucks with some modern style.
The waterproof liner restricts airflow, although it IS breathable. Your feet won't be any "sweatier" than wearing regular work boots.
Also -- although it says Men, they're pretty much unisex. My girlfriend rocks the blue suede version, and they look great on her.
May 13, 2013
Most comfortable motorcycle shoe I have ever owned
I have worn these shoes on and off the bike and I am impressed with the comfort. I have walked around all day without issue and have completely forgotten that I was wearing a specialty shoe. As a person that too often wears regular high tops on my bike, I really appreciate the the extra protection. These are super shoes!!!
May 13, 2013