Alpinestars Articolo 80 Sportivo Boots (Size 47/48)
Style meets protection!
I've had many compliments wearing these boots, usually asking how much they cost (b/c they look expensive, they are!) This boot fits a specific niche. For me it's the fact that I can wear a reasonably warm boot with decent protection into the office and be pretty comfy in them all day. The leather on these is quite substantial, yet very supple. The leather is also padded throughout for comfort and warmth. In my experience the leather doesn't scuff, the shiny toe protector does...but can be shined back to normal.
-Good protection at heel, toes (w/ slider), ankle (outside).
-No ankle armor on the inside of ankle (only outside). (I think I would have rated 5 stars with the extra protection, but perhaps they would be less comfy that way...)
-Sometimes too warm (indoors). They breathe okay, my feet don't feel clammy.
-The whole sole is tapered for styling, this can make it feel a little less stable on rough roads, or if you can't fully touch both feet in the saddle. (not a huge deal tough)
-May not be comfortable for all foot types (think of a coyboy boot -made by Cadillac.)
I have the brown version of these, and the black version of the (tall) Gore-Tex version.
I wear a 42 in Dainese and SIDI. I have these in a 42 and fits just a hair on the larger side when I wear thicker socks. For some reason the shorter version feels better on the larger side(?...) and I have the (tall) Gore-Tex in a 41 which fit perfect with a dress sock (medium to thin socks).
July 26, 2012
Very interesting & understated boots
I mainly bought these as boots I could possibly wear under suit pants when commuting into work. I guess they work ok for that task as long as nobody physically looks down at your shoes. The comfort is great and they are also good to walk around in vs. the moon boot / ski boot feel of some of the more extreme boots out there.
I only had 2 minor complaints with these. 1) the bulge in the back; does it really need to be there? They say it is for reinforcement, but I don't see why the heel could have been reinforced without the part sticking out. It just looks a bit odd and my gf calls it my Aladdin boots :) The bulge also makes it somewhat difficult to find and kick down the kickstand. 2) The very narrow tip is for aerodynamics and to allow the boot to slide in case of a crash, I get that. But, I've had 2-3 instances where because the tip is so narrow, my foot missed the brake pedal and I have to remember to place my foot closer to the bike than I would with wide tip boots.
These are very minor gripes (although I would really really like to not have that bulge on the back), and overall, I think it is one of the best boots you can get for a really good price that isn't plastered in logos and metal/plastic buckles like you just got off the set of TRON.
April 30, 2012
So confortable and look great
Love this product. Was worried the size may be too small as I run a 10.5 US and was told to go with a 44 EUR which for most companies never fits me.... Revzilla was right and it is perfect fit as Alpinestars seem to have a larger size.
Look great over my jeans and the quality of the leather is amazing. Definately recommend these for casual riding and city commuting. Could easily wear these to work/out for drinks and be confortable.
April 23, 2012
Great & comfortable boots
The fit was spot on, extremely comfortable boots. I wear them every day commuting to work.
Couldn't recommend this product highly enough. Very happy with my purchase!
February 27, 2012
STYLE+COMFORT+PROTECTION ALL IN ONE!!!!
this boot is phenomenal!!! great styling, extremely comfortable(can be worn all day!!!) with a solid design and functionability. I wear alot formal/professional clothing for work and used to have to switch between work and riding shoes on the days I take my bike, with these no one notices!!! when someones asks they can't believe these are motorcycle boots...
June 9, 2011
most comfortable motorcycle boots i have owned!!!
this is truly very comfy and very beautiful boots! leather work is AMAZING!!! in real life it looks so much better then in pictures! i dont even have more comfortable regular shoes like this one :). i can walk and run with these all day long! other than comfort in has great protection features! and you cant beat 1 day delivery :)
April 20, 2011
By Far the most comfortable of the Articolo line
Looks very cool and reminds of of Beatle boots from back in the day.
Not for serious GP style riding but will do well for around town and such
If and when the price drops i will get more.
February 1, 2010