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    I second or third the Cruisewerks boots. I've had mine for about 7 or 8 years and they are waterproof and comfortable.

    Also, for around town I have a pair of Red Head (Cabela"s) quarter boots. Not motorcycle specific but a great boot in my opinion.

    No, they don't have gee whiz ankle protection and are not even close to waterproof, but then I'm a bit old school and don't care.

    Hope this helps.

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    These are inexpensive and pack small. They are effective in protecting your boots and keeping the feet dry.

    totes Rubber Overshoes - Men's Work Boot Style

    Now: $11.70

    Lightweight Supertreads overboots protect and extend the life of your work shoes and boots from the damaging effects of weather and work conditions because you wear them over your shoes or boots. Supertreads are made of durable, natural waterproof rubber. 100% Natural Rubber. Made in USA.
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    I bought a pair of Alpine Stars boots over the internet for $75 several years ago. They were new in the box and fit my 11.5 EEE feet perfectly. The boots are very comfortable riding or walking. Both closures are velcro and the boots come with a removable foot pad. EURO size 4G, US size 11.5. There is a small reflective insert above the heel in each boot. My warm weather boots are steel toed, fabric, heavily padded, mountain boots (climbers/trek type). These are not waterproof but are really good in hot FL weather with the right socks. I used to wear Wellington type boots but have not found any with the armored toe and ankle bone protection that I now prefer.
    Ride Safe

    Looking at the AlpineStar website my boots would be the Ridge Model.
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    I have a pair of Red Head (Cabela"s) quarter boots.
    Can't find them on the Cabela's website... could you post a link?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lmo1131 View Post
    Can't find them on the Cabela's website... could you post a link?
    I know Red Head is the in-house Bass Pro brand. Maybe that's where you should look.
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    Wide Chippewas

    Quote Originally Posted by Lmo1131 View Post
    That Chippewa is nice looking boot, especially for $189. I have a wide foot too, and larger than average calves. I had to special order my 10" White's work boots to get them around my calf... wondering if the 12" Chip will be big enough.
    I have small, wide feet with a high instep I'm lucky to have a Chippewa dealer near me who ordered me a pair after trying on what they had on hand. The 8EE fits me really well with the SmartWool socks I like. I don't know how large your calves are, but there's plenty of adjustment there

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    Yeah--you could pretty much get those things around a real calf.

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    I don't know how large your calves are, but there's plenty of adjustment there
    12" off of the deck, my calves (calfs?) are 18" in circumference.
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    Talking

    me throw one more idea into the mix.................original SWAT Boots



    http://www.originalswat.com/productd...tegory_id=MTM=


    Very comfortable while riding and off the bike

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    Something to consider regarding safety...

    My only experience in going down at speed involved my left foot getting caught between the (Honda) engine case and the road. I was wearing high-top hiking boots with laces. The laces hooked on something as I hit the road. I slid (maybe 50') and could not extricate my foot from under the bike.

    When I came to a stop, the driver of the truck that caused me to go down had to help me remove my foot/shoe from underneath the bike. The laces had hooked onto something and the bike had to be uprighted a bit to unhook my shoe.

    Looking at my boot, I noticed that the outer side (road side) of the boot was "ground" down to my sock at the ankle as was the outside part of the ball of my foot. My pants, jacket, and helmet helped me avoid injuries above the ankle but my foot took about a year to get back to normal.

    So, I decided on two "must have" criteria for replacement boots:
    1) NO LACES! Well, no laces that were exposed, at least;
    2) ANKLE PROTECTION! This meant armor on the outboard and inboard side of the ankle.

    I purchased the Tourmaster Response SC boot as a replacement pair. They do have laces but the entire area is covered by a fold-over, velcro-ed flap. Ankle protection is also present. So good so far.

    Last year, after a bouncing stone caught me in the shin (my pants don't have shin armor), I decided to get some adventure-type boots with shin guards. Welcome the Sidi Canyons. Of course, I'll probably never again encounter a bouncing stone while touring on paved roads, but it is good to know that I am ready for one of those little devils if it comes my way again.

    All this is to caution folks about laces and the lack of ankle (perhaps shin) protection. We all have our own level of risk acceptance when riding (a risky proposition anyway). My appears to be quite low.
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    Boot height is very important.

    I was riding in short boots and had an incident. All the nice gear saved my hide on every inch of my body, except for my calves. Not sure how, but the opposed twins kind of got in the mix. Taller boots would have save me a trip to the doc, and a prescript of the wonder drug.... Antibiotic.

    Alpinestars Soho boots are awesome. Look great, comfy, and built well. I sometimes don't even change my boots at work, as they look good enough for casual khakis.

    http://www.alpinestars.com/Soho_Gore.../p/233700.html

    Did I mention that their comfortable?

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    I went from Tourmaster, a great boot, to the BMW Boots, even better.
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    There are several

    good boots on the market. I have a pair of the Aerostich Combat Boot, and they are great, if a little much to get on and off. I only wear them when touring. I love and wish I had stuck with my Red Wing Pecos work boot. All the protection, and easy on and off. No problem with getting pants legs over the boot, either.

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    Big Calf

    Quote Originally Posted by Lmo1131 View Post
    12" off of the deck, my calves (calfs?) are 18" in circumference.
    I wrapped a dish towel around my calf to bring the circumference up to 18" and was just able to Velcro the tops with ~1" of overlap. Boot size is 8-1/2 EE.

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    Squeaky Boots

    I have a pair of BMW boots that are hinged at the ankle...and they squeak like crazy when I walk. Love em for riding. Any advice re: lubricants? Silicon or light oil or?? I know silicon can do funny things to some surfaces if they are incompatible.

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