Best summer motorcycle boots

Stay cool – and look cool – yet ride safe with these summer motorcycling boots.

Riding a motorbike on the road in summer

by Jim Blackstock |

We all love riding motorcycles in summer; long days, bright sunshine and (hopefully) no need for cumbersome all-weather, year-round clothing. This might keep us warm in winter but in summer, thick clothing can ruin the feel for the bike and as a result, the overall experience and of course, gently cook you as you ride.

This is true of all elements of clothing, including boots. Footwear designed to keep you warm and dry in the winter could mean your feet quickly get hot and sweaty, even with breathable membranes. What you need are lightweight or vented boots to help you stay cool while connected to the bike.

There will generally be two kinds of footwear here; vented sporty-style boots with high legs, lots of bracing and protection or short, ‘urban’ trainer-style boots that are more lightweight and breathable, thanks to the material used.

The more significant sports-style boots will generally offer greater protection and feel for the bike’s controls but at the expense of flexibility and off-the-bike walking ability.

Best urban motorcycle boots
Best short motorcycle boots

A lot will depend on what riding you are planning; a blast across country or a trackday and you’ll want the protection to go with your leathers but on a gentle ride-out for a bacon buttie with your mates on a weekend morning, a pair of shorter boots may be just fine.

Like all other motorcycle clothing, boots are CE rated, against two standards; one from 2015 and one from 2017. The latter includes four areas and each is scored with a 1 or a 2 - 2 being the higher rating.

The first of the four indicates the height of the boot; 1 is short, 2 is tall but after that, it’s all about the protection, so when you are considering boots, look for as many 2s as you can find.

These ankle-length boots from legendary manufacturer Frank Thomas look and feel like shortened

Frank Thomas Torque

A full-height sports boot, the RT Race is a more subtle version than others, without too much

TCX RT Race Boots

These short urban-style boots are made by Momo, famous to anyone who has ever been into car

Momo Firegun-3

These full-length boots from Alpinestars are formed with microfibre uppers and a breathable

Alpinestars S-MX 5

Due later on this season, Oxford's short urban boots are formed in leather for abrasion resistance

Oxford Kickback Air

A relatively new brand to the UK, Vanucci has produced a compelling prospect with the RV6

Vanucci RV6 Performance Air

Available in both ladies' and men's sizes, these urban boots are formed in leather and nubuck and

Spada Strider Ladies'

At less than £120, the Tractech Evo3 is amazing value and it's not surprising it's one of

RST Tractech Evo 3 CE

These short boots are formed in perforated leather for airflow to the feet with an air mesh lining

Forma Swift

Choice is the name of the game with the Sidi Performer, as they are available in this perforated

Sidi Performer Air

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