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    Need some boots that add an inch or two to my height

    I just upgraded from an F800st to a new 2013 R1200GS. Even with the low suspension and low seat height, my feet still don't touch the ground all the way. I'm not on my tippy toes, I can get both balls of my feet on the ground. But would like a little more foot to touch the ground. Was thinking maybe some boots have thicker soles than others. Just an inch or inch and a half would make a big difference. Anyone have any suggestions or ideas on what type or brand of boot might offer the vertically challenged a little more height?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kengoodwin View Post
    I just upgraded from an F800st to a new 2013 R1200GS. Even with the low suspension and low seat height, my feet still don't touch the ground all the way. I'm not on my tippy toes, I can get both balls of my feet on the ground. But would like a little more foot to touch the ground. Was thinking maybe some boots have thicker soles than others. Just an inch or inch and a half would make a big difference. Anyone have any suggestions or ideas on what type or brand of boot might offer the vertically challenged a little more height?
    Thank you.
    Welcome to the forum! We have had some issues with the search function- so I can't bring up one of the old threads on this subject. From memory, members were having a cobbler add some sole to their riding boots and not really buying a new pair. Chances are someone will chime in with some more specific information. Good luck.
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    And be aware that modifying your boots will affect how your foot hits the shifter and the brake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobmws View Post
    And be aware that modifying your boots will affect how your foot hits the shifter and the brake.
    I once had about an inch and more added to my boots, and the above post is correct. I had quite a bit of difficulty shifting with a thick sole. Finally went back to the shoe repair shop and had the boots reduced to about 1/2" or so to the original sole. If you are only putting the left foot down, then you might work on getting comfortable using the ball of the left foot and then work on flat footing the bike with only the left foot. Believe me, you really don't want 1" to 2" added to the boots. Been there, done that and it only created shifting problems.
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    Find a pair of boots you like and have a local cobbler adjust them for you.
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    Check out "logging boots" thick sole, plenty of ankle support

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_F View Post
    I once had about an inch and more added to my boots, and the above post is correct. I had quite a bit of difficulty shifting with a thick sole. Finally went back to the shoe repair shop and had the boots reduced to about 1/2" or so to the original sole. If you are only putting the left foot down, then you might work on getting comfortable using the ball of the left foot and then work on flat footing the bike with only the left foot. Believe me, you really don't want 1" to 2" added to the boots. Been there, done that and it only created shifting problems.
    Yes, I do usually stop putting only the left foot down. I have done that the entire time I've been riding. I like to have my right foot on the rear brake at lights or stop signs. I guess really just practicing and getting used to the new bike is really the best thing to do, although I did order a new pair of taller boots with a slightly thicker sole. I'll see how they feel and take it from there. Thanks!

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    Bob's comment above is quite true. I have the Sidi On-Road GoreTex boots that have a thicker-than-most outsole (1" heel, 1/2" forefoot) which might get you where you need to go, but the soles are a Vibram hiking boot imitation and they took some wearing and getting used-to to work the shift lever. As the boots loosened-up and the edges wore off the lug sole things got better and I really like these boots but would prefer a less aggressive sole. And a less aggressive price ($350) Check 'em out at Revzilla.com

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    Thanks

    Thanks guys for your suggestions. I also considered adding a removable boot lift and seeing how that works too. Found some at www.liftheightinsoles.com That way, if they don't feel right, I can just pull them out, and there's no permanent modifications to the boots. The Tornado boots look pretty thick too, I may just try a pair.
    Thanks to all!

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    I wear regular Timberland Work Boots and have for the last 30 years or so. They work great, are comfortable all day long, and keep your feet dry in any weather.

    Unless you're riding at the track give them a try I think you will like them. Another plus is the softer vibram sole always gives solid footing when you put your foot down. I've tried the motorcycle specific boots in the past and I think these are much better for daily riding.
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