Best short motorcycle boots

Practicality, protection, comfort and convenience in a package you can wear on the ride to work or for a social meet with mates.

Best Short Motorcycle Boots

by Justin Hayzelden |

If you’re going casual in a pair of jeans, riding around town on an urban commute or just want a bit more comfort and mobility when you’re off the bike, then a short boot may well be the answer.

Less cumbersome than traditional full-height footwear, these low-rise designs have many of the same features that you’d expect from any decent pair of bike boots, with the obvious exception of shin and calf protection.

There are several factors to take into account when choosing the right boot for you, so let’s start by looking at safety.

CE standard

In order to earn CE approval, all motorcycle boots must go through three main tests against an EN standard - abrasion resistance, impact cut and transverse rigidity. The results of these are printed in that order on the label, with 1 being a basic pass and 2 a superior pass. Boots that meet the most recent standard, EN 13634:2017, will have an extra digit at the start to denote ankle (1) or shin height (2). You can discover more about CE ratings in our handy guide here.


Other features well worth considering are ventilation and waterproofing. If you want to keep your feet from overheating, perforated upper panels can work particularly well and several manufacturers make a similarly vented version of their standard boot. Some also have integral exhaust ports which use the venturi effect to draw out warm air as you ride.


Linings such as Gore-Tex and Hipora (other brands are available) are breathable by design and offer a degree of waterproofing too, however, the very nature of short boots can make keeping the worst of motorway spray out during a downpour somewhat of a challenge.

That said, if you want the peace of mind of keeping your toes dry on a short journey or during a brief shower then there are waterproof options available. If the wet weather performance meets the CE standard, you’ll find a WP on the label.

We've focused on the best sports and touring short boots here, check out the Best Urban Boots for more casual styles.

Microfibre construction reinforced with Aramid makes these CE approved boots both soft to wear and

Alpinestars SMX-1R V2 boots

Also available on Sportsbikeshop.

Race style boots with perforated leather upper for maximum cooling and a cut down rear to make

RST Tractech Evo 3 CE Short

Also available on Sportsbikeshop.

These leather suede boots have a Hipora membrane for waterproofing and breathability. The heel,

Richa Slick Waterproof

Classic touring style boots with PU moulded ankle protection. The leather outer is PU coated for

Spada Icon CE WP

A waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex membrane is key to the versatility of these suede leather and

TCX Jupiter 4 Gore-Tex

Sports performance road boots with replaceable toe sliders from renowned Italian motorcycle

Sidi Mid Performer CE

At the upper end of the price scale is the Daytona Journey boot. Handmade in Germany, they feature

Daytona Journey Gore-Tex

Lightweight lace-up boot with a tough microfibre construction for durability and rigid inserts for

Dainese Raptors
Revu2019it Mission Textile

A thermoformed toe cap and heel cup top and toe these tough textile boots, which also feature

Revu2019it Mission Textile

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