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Old 07-18-2013, 07:57 AM   #1
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Leather Work Boot for Riding? Need Advice

Would the sole of this leather boot be okay for riding to work?

Must be grippy on pavement.

Anybody have a Thorogood American Heritage 814-4200?

Yes I have application-built Sidi's but prefer to use them for longer/faster rides on days off.

Sole says Vibram in picture but one Amazon reviewer says his weren't so that complicates matters.



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Old 07-18-2013, 09:09 AM   #2
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I don't know that boot. Sole looks fine in your photo. But, laces??? I've always understood that laces are a potential hazard for getting caught in sprockets or other parts.

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Old 07-18-2013, 09:24 AM   #3
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I stick with Red Wing if I have to wear steel toes. Best option is a locker with your boots and changing shoes at work. Not so easy if you are heading to different sites every day. Backpack space quickly becomes limited if you're hauling around 3 lbs of boots every day as well.
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:28 AM   #4
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I wear my 5.11 duty boots. Not as much ankle support as an actual race or riding boot (don't know of a boot that would offer it) but good for commuting.



*photo enlarged to show texture.
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:30 AM   #5
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I wore Danner Mtn Light boots before getting my A* moto boots. They did fine. Real Vibram soles, and you can buy Danner products online.

Crash tested; no issues.

The Danner products are pricey but worth it in my experience. They are very well made.

Hooking a lace over the shifter is easy to do and can be a surprise when arriving at a stoplight or stop sign. With higher boots this would be less of a concern.
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:39 AM   #6
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I am not a fan of riding in laced up boots due to laces catching things but they are better than sneakers or worse that I see people riding in everyday.

When I spent 2 weeks on a motorcycle in Italy last year, I wore some really well made hiking boots (don't recall the brand). I made sure my laces were tucked inside everytime we stopped to make sure I did not catch them on a shifter or footpeg.
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:43 AM   #7
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My 5.11's have zippers on the side thank goodness. And I also keep my laces tucked inside.
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:43 AM   #8
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I wear my 5.11 duty boots. Not as much ankle support as an actual race or riding boot (don't know of a boot that would offer it) but good for commuting.



*photo enlarged to show texture.
I ride a similar boot of this type, just for the 3 miles from home to work
. Any farther and I just get in gear.
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I usually commute wearing leather cowboy boots with some kind of rubber sole and heel. They look decent during the day at work, and though they don't have quite the level of protection that my actual SIDI riding boots have, they are comfortable and effective.

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I have very hard to fit feet which are long thin and flat. There are not very many boots that work for me but I can usually find hiking boots that work. The trick is to use the shortest laces you can use and tuck them in.

I have caught a lace or two on the foot peg but never anywhere else.

I have a pair of Icon Super Duty 4 that has a lace keeper strap to prevent any mishap.
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:03 AM   #11
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I don't know that boot. Sole looks fine in your photo. But, laces??? I've always understood that laces are a potential hazard for getting caught in sprockets or other parts.

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I usually ride with my Danner boots from when I was with the Marines (waterproof and generally awesome build).

But they're a bit bulky to walk around in all day. So I thought something a little less heavy duty/lighter and better looking. The Danners are black.

Soles are so tricky. You never know if they are gonna be slick as owl shit unless you try them.

Laces were never a prob with the tall Danners. Long lace that wrapped once before tying with a good tying lace material. But I hear the consequences could be pretty high with lace malfunction.
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:06 AM   #12
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Great tips and thoughts. Glad I asked.
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:17 AM   #13
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I spend a lot of time at horse shows, usually ride to them, and stomping around all day in my A* SMX-5's was really wearing them. I bought a pair of clearance boots at cyclegear, shorter, not as sturdy, but with ankle protection and comfortable.

I really like the look of those 5.11's, though!
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:18 AM   #14
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I am a big fan of Doc Marten Boots. They are really well built and SUPER comfortable. I have had several pairs of boots that have lasted 3 or 4 years and probably could have gone longer. This is the current pair I wear: Doc Marten Wellington Boots





They come in both steel toe and non steel toe. I see them on sale for $99 pretty regularly at Academy Sports.

I ride with these regularly and I feel protected.
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Old 07-18-2013, 11:13 AM   #15
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Where non-riding boots typically fail in design is the lack of a hard toe and heel cup and padding in the ankle area.

Getting a steel toe version sure takes care of the toe section and you can usually find models with some padding in the ankles.

A quick test for the sole is the grab the boot on opposite ends and try to twist the entire boot. The sole shouldn't allow much flexing.

I just looked at the Thorogood American Heritage and those things appear to run $200+. Is that correct? For that price go by a moto specific shorty book for around town and work commuting.
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I work in an office so I have my office shoes here at the office.

I ride to work in my Daytona's. Daytona's are very comfortable boot but also very expensive.

I've had mine 3 years and they are doing great.

The Daytonas cost $400 but have outlasted the last two pairs or $200 boots I owned before the Daytonas so I am $ ahead.
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:10 PM   #17
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When I have to ride in a street boot, I prefer the Wolverine steel toe.

http://www.academy.com/webapp/wcs/st...ck&N=891782427
On my third pair, however I suggest finding a place to try them on as each fits ever so slightly different, but still enough to make a difference if you are going to be working or walking in them all day, and I'm rough on my footwear!. Mine have saved my feet on multiple occasions both on the road and at work. Pro; no laces, soles last forever and are non slip. Con; it's a slip on boot therefore ankle support is lower to moderate. I usually get 2-3 yrs without resoles.
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I just looked at the Thorogood American Heritage and those things appear to run $200+. Is that correct?
$140 on Amazon. I was thinking about something I could both ride and walk around in; but that might be a tall order. I'm not sure now. I might just keep using the Danners (steel toe, heavy sole, and waterproof) and changing once I get to work.
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Old 07-20-2013, 02:24 PM   #19
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I must have 20K milw=es commuting in my Timberland Pro's.
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$140 on Amazon. I was thinking about something I could both ride and walk around in; but that might be a tall order. I'm not sure now. I might just keep using the Danners (steel toe, heavy sole, and waterproof) and changing once I get to work.
That is what I do...if you have a spot to keep your gear at work then that is the way to go. No sacrifices on either end.
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