The best scooter boots

Cool, casual-looking boots that offer protection and more


by Jim Blackstock |

One of the most vulnerable areas of your body when riding is your feet and ankles – which is why protective motorcycle boots should always be high on your list of biking ‘must buys’.

But it’s also true that conventional, shin-length, heavily-armoured biking boots can be awkward, uncomfortable and hardly casual-looking when off the bike or walking around.

For scooter riders, bikers who are hopping across town or those wanting more fashionable, comfortable biking footwear, ankle boots are a great option.

The options here are casual-looking and stylish but still made specifically for motorcyclists and feature much of the armour and weather protection of full-on bike boots.

Being lace-up and often textile-based means these scooter boots often aren’t as weatherproof or protective as conventional full-length bike boots but offer reasonable protection, can be waterproof and there are many styles available for all budgets from around £50 to over £150.

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But what’s out there? What features do they have and how much do these cost? To help you decide here’s our pick of some of our favourites.

Here's a quality, trendy scooter boot that offers many of the features of pricier rivals, leather

Richa Krazy Horse

There’s also a reinforced ankle cup for extra protection and is available in either black or brown, each with the traditional ‘hi-top’ style white rubber sole. On the slight downside, there’s no side zipper so they’re a little bit fiddly than some to lace on and off.

Pros:

• Tempting price
• Classic style
• Waterproof leather construction

Con:

• No side zipper

Tested by Tim Thompson for two months

"Boots like this are always going to feel like a

TCX Street Ace

"Comfort is superb, yet there’s a reassuring torsional stiffness to them as well as protected forefoot and ankle areas. They’re fine for walking, too. On a 20-minute ride through a summer monsoon, they stayed dry inside."

Pros:

• Classic styling
• Crash and weather protection
• Decent value

Con:

• Need some breaking in

Italian brand Alpinestars are one of the most respected, not just for protection and technology

Alpinestars J-6

On the plus side, they pretty much have it all: stylish, a lightweight, combined full-grain leather and suede upper, a waterproof membrane to keep you dry, a padded tongue and heel area for maximum comfort and are also have a Cat 2 CE safety rating.

Pros:

• Great brand and style
• Waterproof and CE safety rating
• Light and comfortable

Con:

• One of the more expensive offerings

Yes, you can get scooter boots in ladies sizes and fitments, too. These ones are by well-respected

RST Urban Ladies

They’re made in full-grain cowhide, are CE-certified to EN13634 standard, have memory foam reinforced ankle support and a triple-density comfort arch support and feature a snazzy ‘RST’ logo down the sides. They’re not claimed to be waterproof but they’re highly rated, very comfortable and decently priced, as well.

Pros:

• Ladies sizes
• Decent value
• Leather upper

Con:

• Not waterproof

Proof that not all casual-style, scooter boots have to cost the wrong side of £100. These

FLM City

They’re in the classic baseball-boot style yet feature a cowhide leather upper, have a Polyamide breathable lining, a lace retention system and soft ankle protection. Sure, they’re not claimed to be waterproof or feature as high-tech protection as some but they’re an awful lot of boot for the money.

Pros:

• Great price
• Classic styling
• Reviews claim very comfortable

Con:

• Not as much kudos or protection as pricier boots

Italian brand Spidi specialise in motorcycle footwear and although not quite as revered as

Spidi Insider

It features a faux-suede outer, comes in four different colourways, has a reinforced toe and heel, a synthetic liner and a moulded, replaceable insole. On the slight downside, there’s no side zipper and they’re not waterproof – but at this price you can’t have everything!

Pros:

• Great style
• Highly rated
• More affordable than some rivals

Con:
• Not waterproof

Dainese are the great Italian rivals to Alpinestars and their best-selling scooter boot, the

Dainese Metropolis

There’s also a side zipper (along with the laces) for quick fitment, rigid ankle protection, a leather gearshifter guard plus reflective details for safety at night. Again, they’re not cheap but, like the Alpinestars versions, are right up there with the very best.

Pros:

• Classic Italian style
• Waterproof with safety features
• Two opening systems

Con:

• Again, among the pricier options

Another quality midrange offering, this time from Italian brand Spada. This Alpinestars and

Spada Strider CE

There’s a leather and nubuck upper, a waterproof ‘Hipora’ membrane liner, they’re CE certified for safety and there’s a reinforced toe and heel along with a density foam insert on the ankle.

Pros:

• Italian style and features
• Waterproof
• Affordable price

Con:

• Styling not to everyone's taste

German brand Held are highly regarded for their quality motorcycling products without being as

Held Aaron

They also boast a detachable ankle protector, a soft polyester lining, a reinforced heel for extra grip and, like some others, a useful side zip as well as its laces for quick and easy fitment. At just over £100 they’re decent, mid-range value, too.

Pros:

• Respected brand
• Quality features
• Mid-range price

Con:

• Not waterproof

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