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    Quote Originally Posted by rockbottom View Post
    I tried about 10 different boots including BMW, Diadora, Gaerne, TCX, and others before finding one that is as close to perfect as I think I'll get: Chippewa Rallies.


    a buddy of mine had a pair of these Chippewas- and while they were great as long as he was on the bike, his opinion was that they weren't comfy for standing or walking in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by THEO View Post
    The bike caught on the part of the laces that ran between the eyelets at the top of my instep.
    The Bike?
    On what part?

    I'm not arguing...
    I'm trying to wrap my tiny little brain around it so as to understand what happened?

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    boots must do the job

    I met a guy at a rally about 28 years ago in Pennsylvania who had ridden his GS up from Florida wearing a helmet, T-shirt, shorts and some really good boots. Why? He was a risk taker obviously, but he said as a paramedic he knew that knees, and hips can be replaced, but not ankles. I never rode without boots on after that. And with ankle protection. I have to bite my lip when I see people at motorcycle shows looking at wonderfully crafted boots that offer no real ankle protection. Not my business, but on the last ride with the guys one of us, a very experienced gent in his 70's went down slowly at an intersection and his bike just came down on his ankle. Had he had protection he would have walked away, not limped. Thanks to my medicine supply he lasted through the trip, but I felt bad for him.
    There was an article on one of the British sites with info from a doctor who said injury seriousness went from the feet upwards. Usually the feet and lower legs are most easily hurt in motorcycle accidents. These mostly could be preventable, so why not buy the safest and the best. My dealer in Toronto sold me a pair of Daytona boots that were very expensive after asking me- 'What's more important? How much are your feet worth?' I hate to sound like a preacher but ATGATT has to mean the safest gear you can afford.
    Cheers

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    'bout due for a new pair, ya think?
    nyeah.... just resole them [again?]. .. .. it's hard to beat broken-in leather. A little Huberd's Shoe Oil sure wouldn't hurt though...
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrafikFeat View Post
    The Bike?
    On what part? {snip}
    Actually, as best as I can tell, it was the shifter's toe bar. I could not see exactly what he unhooked (but felt it!) as his body was blocking my view, but the shift arm was bent out at an angle and the toe bar on the shifter was ground-down and kind of angled back from the arm. It was definitely not the foot peg (even though it was bent) as it was too big to go through the laces.

    And, while I appreciated his help, I was resisting the urge to throttle him for texting (I assume) while driving a delivery van.
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    I wear the Alpinestars Web Gor-tex boots year round & have rode from the single digit numbers in the winter to the three digit numbers in the summer. I have rode almost 100,000 miles with the same pair & they are still in good shape. It took awhile to get them broke in before I could wear them all day. I don't carry any spare shoes on 7 to 10 day trips because they are comfortable enough for me if I'm walking or riding.
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    Cool boots for touring

    excellent choice on the chippewa--i bring sneakers if i have to walk alot--lmo01131 a little polish and new souls and you should be in heaven!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lmo1131 View Post


    I'm liking these Chippewa boots the more I read about them, and an inch of heel isn't that extreme. The lack of big freakin' lugs on the soles is nice (thick soles is where I get hung up under my Bings).

    But I'll be switched if I can find a dealer anywhere around me that will order in a pair to see if they fit!!! (And I hate the thought of return-shipping). :-[

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    Danner Boots

    My wife and use Danner high top boots, similar to what the police use in Canada. We bought them from Cabellas, and they were expensive. They have side mesh panels to keep your feet cool and are Goretex lined to keep them dry. Ours are at least 100,000 miles old and still work like they were new. I don't put anything on them to keep the leather good, just wash them off in the car wash when I clean the bikes. The soles are getting worn, but they are Vibram and can be replaced at any boot shop.

    They are an excellent boot and if they ever wear out I will get another pair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwrider88 View Post
    a buddy of mine had a pair of these Chippewas- and while they were great as long as he was on the bike, his opinion was that they weren't comfy for standing or walking in.
    In my experience, I certainly wouldn't want to do a five mile hike in them, but I find them perfectly comfortable for normal walking. I sometimes wear them all day even when I'm not on the bike.

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    Danner Boots

    The beauty of these boots is that you can walk as many miles as you like in them, likely the most comfortable boots I have ever worn. In Canada the Police wear them, including those walking the beats.
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    Anyone have/had a problem with the tall ( 1" ) heel on the Chippewa Rallies hanging up on the pegs at an inopportune moments?

    I work in White's Smoke Jumpers (heavy equipment operator) so I'm used to the heel (and thick soles) for walking ... it's the riding aspect of it that I concerned about. I like the support of the White's and they're really comfortable, but the soles are so thick that there's no way they'd work with my /5, unless I take the carbs off of the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lmo1131 View Post
    Anyone have/had a problem with the tall ( 1" ) heel on the Chippewa Rallies hanging up on the pegs at an inopportune moments?

    I work in White's Smoke Jumpers (heavy equipment operator) so I'm used to the heel (and thick soles) for walking ... it's the riding aspect of it that I concerned about. I like the support of the White's and they're really comfortable, but the soles are so thick that there's no way they'd work with my /5, unless I take the carbs off of the bike.

    The thing I don't like about the tall heels with sharp edges is it makes it harder to put riding gear on & off.
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    Aerostich, Combat Touring.

    you only have two feet and a proper motorcycle boot can help save them.



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    Quote Originally Posted by DAVEJENKINS2 View Post
    What would you suggest for a good pair of boots for touring, running around town, and doing other stuff when on the road like walking and just hanging out?
    A quality pair of medium to heavy duty hiking boots. Smooth leather and Gor-Tex if you want them to be waterproof. I use Asolo.

    They are all I've been using for my 5 weeks on the road every summer while on tour.
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