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Are steel toed boots okay for street motorcycle riding?

I remember my dad saying something about steel toed boots but I forgot =#92; I went and checked out all the stores and got a pair with good ankle support but they also have steel toes. Would this interfere with the shifter or anything? I figure if anything my dirt bike shoes have the steel toes too. Any opinion?

Answer:

I personally like to feel the shifter, and I've found that I can't feel the shifter as well through steel toed boots. Steel toed boots are designed to protect you in the event of something heavy dropping on your foot - which isn't very likely on a motorcycle. I have also found that in extreme cold that steel toed boots seem to act like a heat sink for your feet - non steel toed boots seem to stay just a little bit warmer. If you're a new rider, a very blunt toe (whether steel or not) can make getting your toes under the shifter a little more difficult, but with some practice and experience, you will get used to it. Honestly, I don't think it really makes all that much difference. All new riders have difficulty with the shifter, and it will take time for you to get used to it either way. I don't think the difference is really even worth going out and buying another set of boots, but yeah, if you were getting your first pair, I would tell you to look for a boot with a toe that is slender and tapered (vs. blunt), and non-steel.
Sep 27, 2017
I honestly don't like riding with heavy boots on my sport bikes. It it tough to get a feel for where neutral is, and there really isn't a ton of clearance between the peg and the shift lever. I prefer lighter, more flexible boots like my old desert combat boots. They are really well broken in and you can really feel what's going on. When I ride a bike with a heal-toe shift like my old Roadking, it doesn't matter nearly as much. You could probably shift pretty well wearing ski-boots. As long as they give you enough feel for the shift lever, any boots will probably be fine though.
Sep 27, 2017
Very good to have steel toed boots while riding
Sep 27, 2017
My work boots are steel caps i ride to work and home in them. I also wear them when I'm too lazy to change into my proper boots.I don't see any dramas with you wearing them they do come in handy for dogs that try to latch onto you. Ride safe.
Sep 27, 2017

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