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One of the least thought about but nevertheless, one of the most important of riding gears, are the riding boots. Almost everyone is guilty of thinking and investing the least in riding boots. But, if we talk about it, everyone would agree on the importance of having good riding boots. Even from an appearance point of view, a biker doesn’t look complete, if the footwear doesn’t match up to the other protective gear we as riders invest in. As compared to other gears, riding boots are one thing which are most prone to choices and tastes of individual riders, but one thing is clear, that when it comes to riding, the regular shoes just don’t serve the purpose. Riding boots are made for one purpose and that is riding. So definitely there is something about them which regular shoes do not provide. As for me, protecting my feet is equally important as my head or elbows and riding boots are definitely more protective than sneakers or gum boots or leather army boots.
So here I have tried to explore few of the popular types and brands of riding boots which should be considered based on individual preferences. It also depends on the kind of rides and tours you undertake frequently. So lets get down to exploring a few. I have not used all of the types of boots discussed here but have researched in detail about the pros and cons of these. Decent quality, cheapest range starts from Rs 5000 and as with many other things, the expensive ones can go up to any number you might want to imagine. I will started with the lower range I could find online, which can be procured in India and then move on to the more well known branded ones.

– PGS riding boots
Price Range – Rs 5000-Rs7000.
Available at www.bikegear.in
PGS-Boots

These are not from a well known reputed brand, so not much can be said about the quality of these boots. These definitely more protective than the regular shoes but it the quality is uncertain. Even on the internet, there aren’t many reviews about these. They claim to be waterproof, have reflective piping and sliders. If you can, I would recommend to go for better ones than these.

– Spartan Gear SPG Hercules Touring Boot
Price Range – Rs 6000+
Available at www.spartanprogear.com
SPG-Hercules-toruing-boot

These are better than the PGS range. Leather boot with a single-piece moulded sole, moulded ankle and toe protection , shift pads, YKK zippers, a shin plate and waterproofing. Plus a reflective patch on the heel. Like the PGS range, this again is not a very well known brand and I could not find many reviews about these riding boots.

– Spartan Gear SPG Zeus Sport Boot
Price Range – Rs 7500+
Available at www.spartanprogear.com
SPG-Zeus-Sport-boot

Still better than the Hercules Touring Boot mentioned earlier. Perforated leather boot making it good for hot weather but not for wet conditions. It has an added steel shank in the sole and a dual density sole.
A good choice for the price range.

– Puma Flat2
Price Range – Rs 8000+
Available at www.cramster.in
Puma-Flat2

It has a leather upper, a TPU ankle mould as well as “inner foam inserts.” Has two velcro straps to close the boot, one across the instep and the other on top of the boot. If your tour or itinerary is something like in which you will have to do more of walking etc and riding only for a little part of the day, then these kind of shorty boots are perfect as the high boots can be uncomfortable if you have to do quite a bit of walking in.
Pros
-Pretty good reviews for their gear.
-Design and material quality, both are very good.
-Branded, good looking motorcycle boot at this price. There are other short riding boots from alpinestars, joerockets etc but those are considerably expensive than these.
-Comfortable, can be worn for walking as well
Cons
-Not Ankle length (Personal Choice) so shin is unprotected.

– TCX X-Square
Price Range – Rs 9500+
Available at www.highnoteperformance.com
TCX-X-Square

It is an entry-level shorty boot. It feels more like a shoe than a boot and yet offers good protection. It is of made of suede and is a casual riders’ option. The shoe has a heel protector as well as shift pad. TCX is quite well known brand for these gears.
Pros
-Pretty good reviews for their gear.
-Branded, good casual looking motorcycle boot at this price
-Comfortable, can be worn for walking as well
Cons
-Not Ankle length (Personal Choice) so shin is unprotected.

– Puma Bonneville
Price Range – Rs 10500+
Available at www.cramster.in
PUMA-Bonneville Goretex-Touring-Boots

Puma’s cheapest waterproof boot. It has shift pads on both boots along with ankle and toe protection in TPU. There is also a foam pad to protect your shin. It would be advisable to try to find it and try it on in a showroom rather than buying online, because, as with all footwears, the fit and comfort might differ from person to person.
Pros
-First actual classy looking boot yet that we have discussed.
-Slim upper can fit neatly under a pair of jeans .
-Very good waterproofing.
Cons
-Not suitable for warm conditions

– Alpinestars S-MX 1.1 Boots
Price Range – Rs 11000+
Available at www.planetdsg.com
alpinestars-S-MX1-boots

This is their entry shorty boot with TPU armour, shank-ed sole and a microfiber upper with mesh inserts. The heel – like most has an external TPU cup with a dual density armour on the inside. The toe box is also armored. Uses a velcro and zip combination for closure and has a fully replaceable sole.
Pros
-Replaceable sole
-It looks good and this is a good, trustworthy brand
Cons
-No shin protection

– O’Neal Element
Price Range – Rs 14000
Available at www.performanceracing.in
You can also look for these on amazon and ebay.
ONeal-MX-Element

The only motocross boot in this price range. Extremely comfortable once you get used to them, waterproof, spares are easy to get. Advisable to try them first at a store before buying.
Pros
-After getting used to them, they are very comfortable even for walking.
-Good waterproofing
-Good protection
-Excellent design
Cons
-Not suitable for hot conditions

Personal Choice: I would suggest, that if you can invest, go for the O’Neal riding boots.

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