By John Burns
It’s all fun and games riding around in your Chuck Taylors or work boots, until Old Granddad turns left across your bow or you come up short on a double. Sometimes, even the most talented among us wind up layin’ `er down – and if you lay her, or him, down on top of your ankle, well, then you might suddenly and painfully appreciate what a wondrous and complex organism the human body is; things like ankles and wrists and knees, once mangled, take a lot to put back together again. Good boots aren’t always going to save your underpinnings, but motorcyclists who’ve been around the block a few times like our chances much, much better with some serious soles and ankle protection – and a little (or a lot) of protection over the easily-injured tibia is never a bad idea either.
Bear in mind that, like when buying a helmet, fit is critical to comfort. If you have wide feet, you probably already know it. Shop accordingly. If the boots you love don’t love you back, a happy marriage just isn’t in the cards. If you can’t try them on first, be sure to check the fine print in the return policy.
Let us scratch the surface, shall we? In no particular order at all, here are a bunch of our, and the experts’ favorite best motorcycle boots…