It’s no secret the overwhelming majority of motorcycle gear is targeted and sized for men. As the majority of motorcycle owners are male, this tends to make sense. However, women represent one of the largest growing demographics in motorcycling, and motorcycle apparel manufacturers are starting to notice, creating apparel fit for the female anatomy. This includes footwear, since the size and shape of men’s and women’s feet can vary widely. Here we’ll bring you a selection of motorcycle boots for women.
Or will we? You might notice that I’m not exactly anatomically qualified to be heading up this kind of assignment. Thankfully, I’ve got riding friends who are, and I reached out to them to ask what they prefer to put on their feet when they ride. Perhaps the surprising answer is that, for extremely technical footwear, like motocross or roadracing boots, these women – like a lot of other women they know – choose to wear men’s boots in small sizes, or even kid’s boots. Thus is the state of technical apparel for women.
So, with the help of some female riders who were gracious enough to provide me with their input, here are some choices for motorcycle footwear for women, in a variety of categories.
Alpinestars Women’s Stella SMX-1 R
We’ll start this list with everyday riding shoes because the selection and thought process is similar to that of riding shoes for men – it all comes down to personal preference. If we’re being honest with ourselves, riding shoes are basically a step above wearing your favorite pair of Chuck Taylors or Yeezys.
In the case of the Alpinestars Stella SMX-1 R you get a durable, lightweight, and low cut riding boot. Its extensive perforation (in the vented version) gives it more ventilation than the standard model, though both are constructed from a highly abrasion-resistant microfiber upper and reinforced with strategically positioned TPU protectors. Alpinestars’ exclusive rubber compound sole offers comfort and excellent grip, both on and off the bike, while the accordion flex zones give support and control regardless of your riding position. It’s also available in black, if fuschia isn’t your thing.
Speed and Strength Women’s True Romance Black Moto Shoes
If you’re looking for a more traditional-looking hi-top, there are a large amount of options. One example is the Speed and Strength True Romance shoes. Constructed from a durable leather upper, an anti-slip rubber outsole gives you confident footing. The molded toe box helps keep your digits protected, while heel and ankle reinforcements help give the shoe its structure and protect the back of the foot at the same time. The Under Cover lacing system keeps laces out of the way, since you don’t want them getting tangled in brake or shift levers (or the countershaft sprocket). The teal lace eyelets and interior fabric provide contrast from the primary black colorway.
Joe Rocket Heartbreaker Women’s Boots
When it comes to touring boots, a little more coverage is needed over riding shoes. Weather suitability is also important, as is all-day comfort. For warm-weather touring, the Joe Rocket Heartbreaker boot is an option. The perforated leather chassis goes as far as covering the calf, while a suede front panel is articulated for better range of motion. The heavy-duty calf expansion panels make the boot comfortable for a wide range of leg sizes, and are kept in place with hook-and-loop adjusters. Further fine tuning of the fit is achieved with adjustment buckles at the ankles and at the top of the boot. As an added bonus, a two and a half inch hidden wedge gives you the extra little boost in height.
Tour Master Solution WP 2.0 Women’s Motorcycle Boots
The Tour Master Solution WP 2.0 boots are a more traditional touring boot compared to the Joe Rocket option above. Made from a water-repellent leather and PU upper, it features a HiPora waterproof, breathable membrane and 3M ScotchLite in the rear area for better night time visibility. The VR single density compound sole gives reliable grip on the ground and also lets the rider feel the feedback from the footpegs better. An auto lock zipper covered with an adjustable Velcro flap makes it easier for the boot to contour around your lower leg. Leather stretch panels provide extra comfort and durability, while a leather shift pad protects the boot from the shift lever. A preformed orthopedic vibration absorbing foot bed shields your foot from the bike’s vibrations.
TCX Lady Aura Plus Waterproof Women’s Boots
Another option in women’s touring boots is the TCX Lady Aura Plus boots. The full grain leather construction is combined with front and rear elastic fabric to increase comfort and give full range of motion. There’s a malleolus shift pad and a contoured shin plate for protection, as well as a heel and toe counter to guard either end of the foot. Of course, as the name would suggest, the boot is also waterproof, so you can tour in confidence, no matter the weather conditions.
Dainese Torque 3 Out Women’s Boots
When it comes to highly technical footwear like track boots, it’s unfortunate how few options there are specifically for women – and the few options that are available are the equivalent to bottom-tier men’s boots. This is why the women we talked to just said they wore men’s boots in small sizes.
However, the Dainese Torque 3 Out above was one exception our female advisors suggested. Giving away very little to the men’s racing boot, the Torque 3 Out features Dainese’s D-Axial ankle protection system limits the rotation of the ankle. A reinforced hull and hard sliders help to dissipate impact loads and protect smaller foot bones. The D-Stone material used for the upper is highly resistant to abrasion and conceals an inner speed lacing system and a three-dimensional mesh liner.
SIDI Vertigo 2 Lei Women’s Boots
The Sidi Vertigo 2 Lei is another women’s-specific track boot that came highly recommended to us. One of Sidi’s best known and iconic boots, the Vertigo series is refreshed with the all new Vertigo 2 Lei! Featuring the latest evolution of the exclusive Sidi Vertebra system the Vertigo 2 Lei is built specifically for a woman’s foot, and features all the same protective features of the race-bred Vertigo 2. The Vertebra System adjusted via Sidi’s exclusive Tecno VR closure system helps to protect the rider’s Achilles tendon, while a single nylon ankle support brace gives extra support. A nylon inner sole with removable arch support pad keeps your foot comfortable, and the elastic panel adjacent to the entry zipper allows a bind free zip and improved fit.
Lined with anti-abrasion Cambrelle in the foot area for comfort, the upper is lined with Teflon mesh which prevents complete absorption of water and sweat. These materials will not retain water or sweat on the inside of the boot. The boot will dry quickly and the treatment also prevents the onset of mold.
Alpinestars Stella SMX Plus v2 Boots
Fully optimized for a female fit, the Stella SMX Plus v2 Boot perfectly blends sleek sports styling with advanced protection features developed in Alpinestars performance footwear department. The durable and light microfiber upper is reinforced with a rugged polymer protector and the exclusive Multi-Link Control (MLC) system prevents ankle torsion while offering freedom of movement. Large front and rear accordion zones are optimized to maximize flexibility for maximum comfort and improved safety. A ratchet top closure helps seal the boot around the leg, while the inner speed lacing closure and unique lateral zipper offer precise and secure fit.
Sidi Adventure 2 Gore-Tex Boots
Yes, this is a men’s boot. But it came highly recommended to us from one of the women we talked to when asked for a recommendation for dirt/adventure boots. In fact, as you’ll see, like the track boots, dirt boots for women are lacking when compared to their male counterparts. In the case of the Sidi Adventure 2 Gore-Tex boot, a small men’s size fit our female advisor perfectly, which then gave her access to all that the boot has to offer, like:
- Full Grain Microfiber and Cordura material for the upper’s construction.
- Nylon inner sole with removable arch support pad.
- Exclusive cam-lock buckle system combined with a Hook and Loop Closure secured upper flap with an elastic expansion panel.
- Split grain leather inner anti-wear/ heat panels are incorporated to the inside of the boot.
- An anti-abrasion Cambrelle liner in the foot area for comfort. The upper is lined with Teflon mesh which prevents complete absorption of water and sweat. These materials will not retain water or sweat on the inside of the boot. The boot will dry quickly and the treatment also prevents the onset of mold.
Other features include cam buckles for a secure fit, a slip-resistant sole, PU shin plates and ankle protection, and of course the Gore-Tex breathable and waterproof membrane for dry feet in all conditions.
MO Tested: Sidi Adventure 2 Boot Review
Alpinestars Youth Tech 7S Motocross Boot
Another contributor told us her feet are small enough to wear kid’s dirt boots, like the Alpinestars Tech 7S. A miniature version of the Tech 7 for adult males, the 7S features a unique, high strength sole construction offering durability and protective performance. The Tech 7S Boot has been specifically developed for youth or smaller framed riders (ie. women). A PU-reinforced microfiber upper provides flexibility, abrasion resistance, water-resistance and weight-savings for a consistent fit that is easy to maintain and clean. The contoured shin plate is injected with high modulus TPU for excellent levels of impact and abrasion resistance. Lastly, the self-aligning buckles make it super simple to cinch the boots tight.
O’Neal 0325-709 Womens New Logo Rider Boot
If you insist on a dirt boot specifically for women, there’s this option from O’Neal. Featuring injection molded plastic plates to protect against impacts, the metal shank insert reinforces the shape of the Boot and adds support for the foot. An easy to operate, snap-lock adjustable four-buckle closure system ensures the boot is tight to the foot, while the durable Goodyear welt sole is properly balanced with no unstable rocking. A metal toe guard protects the sole against delaminating, and a moderate grip sole is great for track, trail and ATV riders.
Fox Racing Comp Women’s Boots
Another option for ladies who want a dedicated moto boot is the women’s Comp Boot from Fox Racing. An updated floating cuff system provides lateral support and increased linear movement while locking out before hyperextension of the ankle. There’s a TPU shin plate, calf guard, heel cap, and full toe coverage. The patent-pending ActiveLock closure system allows the shin to flex with the motion of the boot with fast, easy, and secure closure, while a durable rubber medial and burn guard provides excellent grip and feel of the bike. You’ll find two instinct-style lower buckles for a secure zero heel lift fit, and improved lining material provides instant step-in comfort.
TCX Women’s Lady Blend Boots
Like street riding shoes, there are lots of options when it comes to cruiser boots. Again, what it boils down to is rider preference. These TCX Lady Blend waterproof boots are a good combination of style and performance that are stylish on or off the motorcycle. Constructed from microfiber and cut specifically for women, the Lady Blend is styled like a normal boot, but has additional material for a shift pad, additional ankle padding for protection and a slip-resistant sole.
Harley-Davidson Women’s Amherst Motorcycle Boot
For some, cruiser boots have to come from Harley-Davidson. Thankfully, The Motor Company’s collection of apparel is huge and includes women’s boots, like the Amherst seen here. A short women’s boot with just the right amount of attitude. The full grain leather Amherst has a lightweight outsole and heel, with YKK dual locking inside and outside zippers for fashionable convenience. The added toe stitching and iconic Harley-Davidson bar and shield gives this boot just the right amount of moto edge.
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