CW Evaluation: Shorties! Step out of the norm in these ankle-height riding boots.

Sidi Streetburner riding boot product image

Sidi Streetburner

Black; sizes 7.513 $ 265

Rigid as a tortoise’s shell, Sidi’s sport boot comes with replaceable screw-on ankle, heel, and toe protection, and a closeable vent. Double-stitched top-grain leather and a DuPont polymer shift pad hold up well to hard use. The dual-compound sole provides good grip, feel, and durability atop aluminum sportbike pegs. Sidi’s Tecno-II buckle system offers quick-release and micro adjustment for easy entry/exit and securely locks down the mid-foot. The Streetburner’s low-cut back and Velcro closure upper strap does make it feel as if you’re wearing a slipper because your heel lifts all too easily.

Icon 1000 El Bajo riding boots product image

Icon 1000 El Bajo Boot

Oiled Brown, Johnny Black; sizes 814 $ 190

A shorty version of Icon’s vintage-treatment motocross-style Elsinore boot, the El Bajo combines a cast-metal-post-buckle styling treatment with an easy-entry ankle zipper. A tough Goodyear welted sole, thick top-grain leather upper, heavy-duty stitching, and a comfortable, nicely padded interior give this burly biker boot a fresh look and feel. The boot slips on/off the foot surprisingly easily and breaks in quickly to provide a fit that defies its rugged looks. While the leather exterior and sole have held up well to several months of daily use, the interior ankle/heel padding has broken down a bit, resulting in a loose fit and need for thicker socks.

TCX X-Street riding boot product image

TCX X-Street Waterproof

Blue, Black; sizes 3.5–13 $ 149.99

These high-top lace-ups deliver vintage on-court cachet with a wear-resistant rubber sole that looks road worn straight out of the box. A rugged full-grain leather upper, CE-certified ankle reinforcement, and a soft waterproof interior provide superb comfort and control feel from the first wear. A slam dunk on or off the bike, the X-Street has become my current go-to riding shoe. I like this incognito alternative to traditional motorcycle footwear, and find that it retains a good degree of protection and moto-centric functionality. After 2 months of solid daily use, the only sign of interior/exterior wear has been a slight fraying on the bottom left lace due to shifter contact.

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Alpinestars CR-4 Gore-Tex XRC riding boot product image Alpinestars CR-4 Gore-Tex XRC $ 199.95

Bilt Sprint Racer riding boot product image Bilt Sprint Racer $ 139.99

Dainese Vera Cruz riding boot image Dainese Vera Cruz $ 169.95

Firstgear Mest Lo riding boot product image Firstgear Mest Lo $ 109.95

REV'IT Ginza riding boot product image Rev’It! Ginza $ 289.99

Speed and Strength Black Nine riding boot product image Speed And Strength Black Nine $ 99.95

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