Best winter motorcycle boots

Warm and waterproof footwear that will serve you through the worst of weather

Winter motorcycle boot in action

by Jim Blackstock |

As we head into winter, those of us who ride year-round often turn our attention to biking kit that will provide the best warmth and weather protection.

And while all-season textile jackets, trousers or suits are a must, along with winter gloves, neck warmers, thermals and perhaps even heated gear, one area of clothing that often gets overlooked is quality winter boots.

After all, while keeping your core warm and dry is vital, as is looking after your hands, particularly to maintain machine control, your feet are also particularly vulnerable to cold and wet and, if not protected adequately, can make a trip miserable.

To guard against that you need either winter, or at least multi-season, boots that are not only waterproof, most likely via the use of a membrane, to keep out both rain and road spray, but also have thermal liners or insoles to keep your tootsies warm.

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There’s a huge choice available, covering all budgets and styles and even for men and women. But what are the best? What styles and specifications are out there and what do you get for you money? To help you decide, here’s our pick of some of our favourites.

Italian brand Sidi specialises in motorcycle boots and have a quality reputation. The Gavia are

Sidi Gavia Gore-Tex

There’s also a microfibre synthetic thermal lining. Closure is by zip and Velcro flap, they come in black only and are available in sizes EU40-50.


Quality winter-specific design

Respected brand

Impressive features


Not the cheapest

The Zenith waterproof touring boots are part of Richa's budget range and are claimed to be 100%

Richa Zenith

They have an easy-to-access inner zip and Velcro fastening, rugged, grippy rubber soles, stretch panels for extra comfort and also reflective rear panels for added night-time visibility.


Trusted brand

Waterproof membrane

Reasonable value


Not the most stylish

These Scout boots from another familiar, long-established motorcycling clothing brand, Akito, give

Akito Scout

Even so, there are still waterproof leather uppers, fully waterproof and breathable lining, reinforced ankles for extra protection, a moulded gearchange panel, a calf-expansion joint, twin zipper opening and a non-slip, petrol, oil and water-resistant sole.


Waterproof features

Stylish urban design

Good value


Less protective than longer designs

Big, hefty, motocross-inspired adventure boots can make decent all-year boots due to their rugged,

Alpinestars Corozal Adventure Drystar

Although bulky and a little clunky, there are extensive flex zones and adjustability for impressive comfort and, when it comes to protection, not much comes close.


Rugged, protective adventure design

Waterproof features

Impressively warm and comfortable


Not cheap

These boots are not only from quality, respected Italian motorcycle clothing brand Dainese,

Dainese Aurora D-WP Womenu2019s

Their exclusive D-WP membrane delivers a snug, 100% waterproof fit on even the rainiest days, there’s front and rear joints to ensure maximum flexibility and comfort, a waterproof microfibre outer, a zip closure plus ankle protectors and shin reinforcement to ensure maximum protection.


Women-specific design

Quality brand

Year-round use


Slightly pricey

Another boot from a long-established, well-respected motorcycle clothing brand that's designed to

Spada Druid

They also have a reinforced toe and heel along with a toe slider and a zip and Velcro flap to help keep out the elements. There are even reflective panels for maximum visibility at night.


Water-resistant features

Year-round design

Decent price


Not as warm as some

Another top-flight year-round, waterproof boot from Italian specialists Dainese. The TRQ-Tours are

Dainese TRQ-Tour Gore-Tex

They also have a thermal microfibre lining, numerous TPU protective panels, a grippy rubber sole, calf adjustment via a hook and loop closure, gear shifter guard and also Dainese’s D-Axial joint system for extra flexibility. And on top of all that, they look great, too!


Stylish design

Waterproof and protective

Proven brand


Premium quality – but premium price!

These best-selling boots are from TCX and are a full-grain leather waterproof touring boot with a

TCX X-Five Plus Gore-Tex


Good all-round value

Lots of features

Gore-Tex protection


Not the most stylish

A real top-of-the-range winter boot, with the top-of-the-range price to match. German brand

Daytona Road Star Gore-Tex

This version features a Gore-Tex membrane so is waterproof and they are made from fully hydrophobic cow hide. They also feature anatomically formed climatic insoles, twin zip fasteners and their quality and reputation is second to none.


Prestigious brand

Fabulous features

Top quality construction


Quite pricey

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