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REVIEW: Icon Hella Boot

More than just a pretty shoe

By Genevieve Schmitt
12/12/2008

Icon's Hella Boot comes on the heels of the Bombshell, Icon's first mega stylish, sexy motorcycle riding boot that debuted a year ago to great reviews. Women who like to wear a fashionable high heel boot when riding couldn't rave enough about the Bombshell. I've seen women on cruisers and sportbikes wearing the Bombshell boots.
The Hella comes up just over the ankle.
The Hella comes up just over the ankle.

The Bombshell boot comes up over the calf.
The Bombshell boot comes up over the calf.

This summer, Icon came out with a sister to the Bombshell, the Hella boot, and I've been testing it the last few months. Icon representative Brenda Trumbo says the idea behind the Hella and the Bombshell was to target high heel wearing women and get them a "high heel" look, but safe and protective. The words "safe and protective" are relative. Obviously, these are not your typical black, steel toed, waterproof boots loaded with armor. They are, however, about as safe and protective as you'll get in a boot that's this stylish. And if high heels and style are what you're after on your bike, you might consider these.

The two buckles can be tightened for a snugger fit.
The two buckles can be tightened for a snugger fit.

I'm a brown wearing woman, so I was excited when I saw Icon decided on this color. It also comes in black. While the boots look narrow, I had plenty of room in the toe area and I have a wide foot. Like the Bombshell, each Hella boot comes with an extra piece of leather reinforcement sewn in on the toe area to take the abuse the gear shifter peg does to the leather in that spot over time.

You can see the extra leather on the toe area here.
You can see the extra leather on the toe area here.

The boots are made of a premium grade cowhide leather that feels thick and sturdy. The boots are a bit stiff when new, particularly in the shin area-- the top edge rubbed on my shin because it didn't give-- but after several times of wearing the boots, that part loosened up. The boots feel most comfortable when they're worn in a bit.

The boots are brand new in this shot. No leather crinkling from being worn in yet.
The boots are brand new in this shot. No leather crinkling from being worn in yet.

The boots slip on easily with a side zipper. The wedge heel, which is 3 inches, is what makes these boots wearable for a long period of time, longer than a normal high-heeled boot. The wedge distributes your weight so not all of the pressure is on your toes. I walked around the Sturgis rally all afternoon without my feet aching like they do when I wear a high-heeled fashion boot over a few hours.

The wedge heel is gives you a planted feeling when wearing these boots.
The wedge heel is gives you a planted feeling when wearing these boots.

Icon built in some protection features. The round circle by the ankle area is a sturdy piece of padding on either side of each boot for protection there. The toe area, while not steel, is reinforced enough that I couldn't press into my toe with my thumb. The heel area is also reinforced the same way. The heel is covered in a metal plate - part style, part extra protection.

The ankle padding is shown in this picture.
The ankle padding is shown in this picture.

The metal plate has Icon Moto etched on it.
The metal plate has Icon Moto etched on it.

For a woman rider, a large part of her confidence with a motorcycle comes from feeling that her feet and legs are planted enough that she can trust them with the weight of a motorcycle. I found wearing these boots when riding my big Street Glide, I had to very careful about where I stopped and do it slow and methodically because the three-inch heels are high and have a much smaller footprint than the low-heeled Frye boots I normally wear. The non-skid oil resistant rubber sole on the Hellas is a plus. I had no problem maneuvering my motorcycle around a parking lot with them.

The soles of my Hella boots before I put them through their paces.
The soles of my Hella boots before I put them through their paces.

There is a little notch between the heel and toe area specifically to rest your feet on the motorcycle foot peg.
There is a little notch between the heel and toe area specifically to rest your feet on the motorcycle foot peg.

I've only worn these boots on short day rides when I knew I wouldn't encounter any bad weather. They're not waterproof so I wouldn't use these on a long trip. I treated them with a leather protector, like I do all my leathers so the boot surface resists road grime and water stains. The Hella's are so comfortable I've worn them to social functions when I wasn't riding my bike.

The Hella boot in black.
The Hella boot in black.

The Hella boots sell for $140 and come in black and beretta (brown) as mentioned earlier. Visit RideIcon.com to find a dealer near you.

Debbie Gould standing next to her new Harley Road King Motor Trike wore the Hella Boots for these photos.
Debbie Gould standing next to her new Harley Road King Motor Trike wore the Hella Boots for these photos.

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