Love the article. The problem I have found with boots with a much of a heel is it keeps getting caught on the foot peg. I have a flatter pair for when I'm riding single and one with a slightly higher heel for when I'm riding with my husband. I like the looks of the heels, but they don't always work for me.

Tamara Lower
Jeffersonville, OH
Thursday, January 21, 2021
I like to ride to National Parks and I often want to hike or walk a lot while there. Hence the boot challenge to have safety and comfort, as well as the ability to walk three or so miles. Tactical boots have been working so far with waterproofing and lighter weight. Thankfully I've not had an accident to test their durability. Any suggestions?

Georgetown, TX
Monday, January 18, 2021
Editor Response
Hi Patti,
I too, have to find a good balance between good riding boots and footwear I can be on my feet all day long in a hot parking lot, when I teach MSF classes. I have actually found Bates women's GX-8 tactical boots to fit the bill. They are waterproof, lightweight, and I actually did crash test a pair, which held up very well in my case. In fact, I spoke about them a little during this online interview I did a few years ago with Brittany Morrow about "The Gear That Saved Me."
Tricia Szulewski, Editor
I ride a cruiser, and bought my Harley-Davidson Albara boots three years ago and they have been absolutely fantastic. I cannot recommend them highly enough. Fit, function, grip, style, comfort...all exceptional. Only the zipper tag on one boot has broken off (I replaced it with a keyring ring). Apart from that, no issues at all. Worth the price. Five stars.

Brisbane, Australia
Thursday, January 14, 2021
All these boots seem to be heavy duty, except the one with heels—it's a preference. I normally buy men's motorcycle heavy duty leather boots—lace up with a zipper on the inside and a high shaft almost up to the knee. I am 5 feet 10 inches tall.

In 2003, while riding my Harley-Davidson 1200 Sportster, I was hit by car. A shaft or peg went through the leather (cowhide) breaking my ankle. Surgery followed and 8 months of physical therapy and crutches.

It depends on the accident as to how much the leather boots will protect you. Heavy duty cowhide leather boots didn't protect me from my injury. Today, I ride a Harley-Davidson TriGlide Ultra (3-wheel trike). Not because of the accident, because I love the bike. I still wear the lace ups but I traded the heavy men's boots (not light weight) in for Converse all leather hightop sneakers. I also wear the over-the-calf leather cruiser boots. Both are comfy for riding and walking and are leather. The TriGlide's shape protects legs and feet from debris and rain. In colder weather I wear leggings under my jeans. Sometimes jeans are flannel-lined as well. Chaps don't work in California weather but I have them. Again, it's all personal preference, but after my accident when the boots didn't protect me, I wear what's comfortable for me.

Sharon Cruise
Upland, CA
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Editor Response
You're right in that there is no single boot that will prevent all injuries from every accident. It is just as important to be comfortable while riding as it is to wear protection. If you are distracted from your discomfort, you're taking your attention away from the road.
Glad to hear you have healed and are still riding!
Szulewski Tricia