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READER PRODUCT REVIEW: ICON Bombshell Boots

By Heather McCoy, Scottsdale, Arizona

6/15/2010

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The average female in the United States is about 5-foot-4—the average male, about 5-foot-10. The average sportbike rider is (overwhelmingly) male. You can see where I’m going with this. If you’re an average American female, go out and find a stock sportbike you can reach the ground on. Go ahead... I dare ya. Unless you’re an Olympic gymnast/powerlifter mastering the one-cheek butt slide, keeping a 500-pound bike up at a stop requires quite a steep learning curve. Enter the ICON Bombshell boot.

Heather McCoy riding her sportbike while wearing her Bombshell boots with added rubber sole.
Heather McCoy riding her sportbike while wearing her Bombshell boots with added rubber sole.

Oh, sure, I know what you're thinking—what serious rider would wear these? With a 3-inch wedge and bondage-begging buckles, I thought they looked way too sexy to be functional. But then, balancing on tippy toes, I’d drop my bike again. Dammit! I remembered meeting a Kawasaki factory rep, herself vertically challenged, who proudly told me, “I ride any bike I want,” and then pointed to her platformed, steel-toed work boots. Hmm... time to give these things a try.

Not convinced the $170 retail price wouldn’t be a complete waste of money, I snagged a barely worn pair on eBay for a hundred bucks. Hmm... ankle armor, reenforced shift zone, a bit tight in the calf (couldn’t quite get ‘em zipped up, actually), but surprisingly sure-footed. There’s so much support—strong leather, padding, armor—you really, really don’t feel like you’re wearing heels. I’m not kidding. And then the big test: I threw my leg over my bike and felt this strange sensation: the balls of both feet were touching the ground! I felt an amazing boost in confidence, and thirsty for more, I took ‘em to a shoe repair shop and had an additional 1-inch platform applied. I haven’t feared a stop since!


As much as I love these boots (I’ll probably never wear anything else), they could be better. The calves are not generous enough for a woman’s curves (come on, ICON! I’m 5-foot-2 and weigh 110 pounds). I had them stretched at the shoe repair shop before I could get them zipped up all the way (which, by the way, was the reason the original owner sold them). Also, the bottom tread is thin and smooth. I’d prefer a thicker, knobby sole for some added traction. 

For function and style, though, and as a guaranteed conversation starter pretty much anywhere you go, I give these boots an enthusiastic four-and-a-half revs. Vroom, vroom, vroom... vroom!!!

PS - Check out the Bombshell’s little sisters, the Hella and the Hella Street Angel, for ankle-length versions.

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