Motorcycle shoes have been gaining importance and popularity over the last few years. On the one hand, because not everyone wants to look like they're leaving on a trip around the world, on the other hand because motorcycle jeans are also becoming more important and popular. The combination of both is a hit in terms of style.
Motorcycle shoes exist for both men and women, each with their own characteristics. In general, they also differ in style: from the classic looking shoe, over the sturdy army boots which look like safety shoes, to sneakers and baskets which look remarkably light. There are even sneakers with toe sliders that could pass for (low) sports boots.
In other words, it all depends on your own choice, or where you tend to spend your time between rides. There's no need to arrive at work looking like you've just completed the fastest lap on the track.
Although style is important, and is becoming more important with each new model, the main added value of a motorcycle shoe is in the area of safety. Motorcycle shoes may look like a normal shoe, but the construction is very different.
First of all, all motorbike shoes cover the ankle, which is already mandatory in Belgium when you ride a motorcycle or (motor)scooter. Next to that, they all got the essential extra reinforcement on the ankle, toe and heel.
In many cases, motorcycle shoes are worn with a pair of motorcycle jeans. Better weather is preferred by those who wear motorbike shoes anyway, so most motorcycle shoes are not waterproof, or at least not with that main purpose in mind.
In other words, what's the point, if the water can get in through your pant legs and ankles anyway?
Tip from the RAD house
Nevertheless, dry feet (and legs) are a very pleasant feeling. A good pair of motorcycle pants and waterproof boot covers are a perfect alternative for those who are caught off guard in motorcycle jeans, with shoes.
Maintaining motorcycle shoes and boots is relatively easy, although it's best to do it right from the start. Then you can enjoy them for a long time.