Best sports and racing motorcycle boots

Lightweight and stylish but with the ultimate in protection and modern features - sports or racing motorcycle boots

Riding a motorbike in sports boots

by Jim Blackstock |

If your motorcycling involves sports bikes, trackdaysor even racing then you almost certainly want the race-style clothing to match – and that includes not just one or two-piece race-style leathers with a sports full-face helmet but also gloves and race-style boots, too.

All of that’s not just to look good. Race-style gear may not be designed to deliver warmth, weather protection or be intended for year-round use but it does have the latest safety features and is designed to be light and comfortable ‘on-bike’ when machine control, aerodynamics and comfort are paramount.

And although one-piece race leathers have their limitations on road, race boots still give brilliant road protection and lots of enviable style.

There’s also a huge choice from a raft of manufacturers, most with mind-boggling features and across a huge range of prices.

Related: Best motorcycle trackday tyres

So which race boots are best for you? What do they offer, what features do they have and how much do they cost?

To help you decide, whether you’re off racing, are trying a few trackdays or simply want to enjoy your sportsbike on the road, here’s our choice of some of the best.

I’ve built quite a relationship with these boots over the past few months. We’ve seen some things

Richa Blade WP Boots

There’s bracing for your calf, armour for your shin and both things for your heel, plus removable toe sliders and even a reinforced patch for gear changes, which was welcome given the quickshifter on my R7 needs a bit of a kick to operate.
Despite their racey looks, they’re actually pretty flexible for use off the bike (although my jeans don’t fit around them so I’ve had some weird looks) and they’re well ventilated too, which helped in the blazing sunshine at Brands Hatch between the torrential downpours.

The soles have treaded rubber grip, which helps on the pegs and the ground. Plus in this colour scheme they match Yamaha’s 60th Anniversary Edition Speed Block livery brilliantly. You’ve got a choice of four other hues if this one doesn’t work.

In fact, my only criticism of these boots is that they’re fairly tight around my calves and ankles, and while they’ve faired well to date, I’m a little concerned the fastening zip is getting a hard time. It gets the liner trapped occasionally too, and that plus the force required to do the boots up could mean it doesn’t last as long as I’d like. I’ll keep on going with them and let you know.

These race boots are from long-established, budget-orientated British brand Frank Thomas. Although

Frank Thomas Qualifier GP

They might not be bristling with the latest tech and sophisticated features but they have all the sports basics and style at an affordable price.

Pros:

Affordable price

Proven brand

Conventional features

Con:

Lacks latest high-tech spec

These TracTech Evo3 race boots from reputable brand RST come highly recommended, at a great price

RST TracTech Evo3 WP

Pros:

Waterproof

Lots of features

Good price

Con:

Lacks cache of some Italian brands

Premium Italian clothing brand Alpinestars originally made their motorcycling name in bike race

Alpinestars Supertech R

As such it wants for nothing. There’s a multi-material construction, a replaceable, lightweight rubber sole for maximum grip, a separate ‘inner brace’ protection system, lots of ventilation and protectors and some of the most desirable styling and brand value in motorsport – if you can afford it! Seal of Approval - We've tested this product and have found it performs well

Pros:

Top drawer features

Ultralight and breathable

Excellent protection

Con:

Eye-watering price

A high-spec, high-quality race/sports motorcycle boot from a proven, premium, specialist Italian

Sidi Vortice

There’s also a Technomicrofibre construction, an inner mesh lining, sophisticated ankle-support braces and air ventilation system, alloy sliders and more – in short, if you want a fancy technical feature, the Vortice has got it. As it probably should do, considering the price.

Pros:

Premium brand

Mind-blowing spec

Great performance

Con:

Only for the well-heeled

No guide to motorcycle or race boots would be complete without the inclusion of that other great

Dainese Torque 3 Out

A real eye-catcher thanks to its stylish design, ultra-light and with novel features such as magnesium sliders, internal retaining strap, flexible joints, a quick-release system and constructed in a mix of microfiber and Dainese’s ‘D-Stone’ material, these race boots are currently as high tech and stylish as they get – for a price!

Pros:

Hi-tech design

Stylish desirable brand

Ultra low weight

Con:

Premium price

Another from premium Italian motorcycle footwear brand Alpinestars, but this time a more

Alpinestars SMX-6 V2

They have a durable, high-tech, microfibre upper construction, a breathable textile interior, a grippy compound rubber sole, are CE certified for safety and are stylish and comfortable, too.

Pros:

Top quality brand

More affordable price

Good blend of features

Con:

Less high tech than some

The RT Race from TCX come in several varieties, solid microfiber, as shown here as well as

TCX RT Race

They have a laced inner boot for excellent comfort and ankle bracing as well as strong heel and toe cups, shin armour and a ratchet strap at the top. They use a zip fastening on the outside which some may find odd but offer excellent feel and comfort. Seal of Approval - We've tested this product and would spend our own money on it

Read our full review of the TCX RT Race boots here.

Pros:

Very comfortable

Excellent protection

Vegan friendly

Cons:

Not the cheapest

Another race boot that proves that track-style performance doesn't mean you have to compromise on

Spada Curve Evo CE WP

There are also moulded TPU shin and heel protectors, an anti-slip sole, metal toe sliders, a zip with hook-and-loop cover and accordion stretch panels for extra comfort and movement – they’re good value, too!

Pros:

Waterproof

Quality features

Great value

Con:

Less well known than some

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