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WRN Top Picks: Best Women’s Motorcycle Touring Boots

Our favorite footwear for riding a sport tourer, tourer, bagger, or any street bike

By Women Riders Now Staff and Leadership Board
11/2/2020

We began our boots buyer’s guide with an overview of the different styles of boots available to motorcycle riders. You can read that story here. This story spotlights the touring styles Women Riders Now (WRN) leadership board and staff members actually wear and love when riding all kinds of street motorcycles.

Touring boots are the most well-rounded do-it-all motorcycle boot because they combine protective features with comfort qualities making them usable for all day riding and walking—what you do on a long motorcycle tour.

On a long motorcycle trip, like this <a href="https://www.womenridersnow.com/pages/postcards-from-wrn-italy-motorcycle-tour.aspx" target="_top">Women Riders Now Italy tour</a>, you are often wearing riding boots for an entire day, so you want them to work for riding and exploring. Touring boots are usually the most comfortable option without sacrificing safety features.
On a long motorcycle trip, like this Women Riders Now Italy tour, you are often wearing riding boots for an entire day, so you want them to work for riding and exploring. Touring boots are usually the most comfortable option without sacrificing safety features.

Most touring motorcycle boots have a low or no heel, a shaft that covers the shin, a grippy sole, ankle protection, water resistance, and good flexibility so riders can choose a variety of positions without a lot of resistance from the boot.

Touring boots are built for all-day comfort, so manufacturers pay a lot of attention to creating comfy cozy footbeds with excellent arch support so you can be as happy on your feet as you are on your motorcycle.
Touring boots are built for all-day comfort, so manufacturers pay a lot of attention to creating comfy cozy footbeds with excellent arch support so you can be as happy on your feet as you are on your motorcycle.

We have designed this article as a guide to point out specific features we love about these particular styles and brands. Often, manufacturers will update their boots each year with new colors, slight change of styling, and technical upgrades. So be sure to look for each company’s current selections by using the links at the end of the article.

Like always, we strive to feature boots made specifically for women for the reasons we outlined in the first article, but because some of us have found men’s boots that fit better or suit specific needs, you'll see one pair included here.


Alpinestars Stella Valencia WP, $179.95

Sarah Schilke’s “absolute favorite” riding boot is Alpinestars Stella Valencia, a low-cut waterproof touring boot. Her favorite part of the boot is the simple closure system, with two adjustable Velcro flaps. There’s no zipper to fuss with, making these boots optimal for commuting because of how quickly and easily you can put them on and take them off. And because of the lower shaft height, the Valencia's can accommodate larger calves which can be a struggle for some women trying on higher-rise boots.

She adds that the Valencia's are super comfortable for riding and walking around due to the soft sole and inner cushion. And because the sole was formed on a female form, the boots aren't big and clunky so they feel almost as easy to walk in as regular shoes.

Available in sizes 36–43 (US 5.5–11), the Alpinestars Stella Valencia WP boot is one of a small handful of touring boots we found that comes in this wide range of sizes made for women.
Available in sizes 36–43 (US 5.5–11), the Alpinestars Stella Valencia WP boot is one of a small handful of touring boots we found that comes in this wide range of sizes made for women.

Sarah Schilke loves that the Alpinestars Stella Valencia boots are low profile and lightweight. She wears them as her daily commuter boot because they are easy to get on and off quickly, and fit easily under pants. (Her pant leg is tucked in here to show the boot better.)
Sarah Schilke loves that the Alpinestars Stella Valencia boots are low profile and lightweight. She wears them as her daily commuter boot because they are easy to get on and off quickly, and fit easily under pants. (Her pant leg is tucked in here to show the boot better.)

A protective patch of material on both boots keeps it from wearing out due to riding with the brake or shift lever under the toe.
A protective patch of material on both boots keeps it from wearing out due to riding with the brake or shift lever under the toe.

The Valencia’s accordion panels in front and rear mean superior flexibility, while an integrated rigid steel shank and double sided ankle protectors keep your feet protected. Other notable features include a lightweight anti-slip rubber sole, removable anatomic EVA footbed with moisture wicking material, and a 1.25-inch heel.


Dainese Aurora Lady D-WP, $239

The Aurora Lady's are available in sizes 36–42 and two color options: black or black and white.
The Aurora Lady's are available in sizes 36–42 and two color options: black or black and white.

Erin Sills has logged more than 250,000 sport touring miles and has been a longtime fan of Dainese’s boot offerings for women. The company commonly has more than one waterproof, breathable, walkable boot option specifically designed using a female foot form.

Erin’s well-traveled Dainese Aurora Lady boots. Made with Dainese’s microfiber and polyamide fabric to form the main exterior and their proprietary D-WP waterproofing, these boots are lightweight yet waterproof and comfortable for all day both on and off the bike.
Erin’s well-traveled Dainese Aurora Lady boots. Made with Dainese’s microfiber and polyamide fabric to form the main exterior and their proprietary D-WP waterproofing, these boots are lightweight yet waterproof and comfortable for all day both on and off the bike.

When traveling long distances through a variety of weather conditions, the Dainese Aurora are comfortable through a wide range of temperatures. The no-frills look offers clean lines yet provides protection along the shin and ankle bones where you need it, and if you want a little more bling you can opt for the black/white color combination that adds a flash of white accent on the side. The Velcro over-zip closure allows you to cinch up the shin for a cozy, secure feeling and keeps the water out on those rainy travel days.


Daytona Lady Star GTX, $399

Offered in sizes: 35–39 (US 5–8), the Daytona Lady Star GTX is well known and highly recommended by shorter women riders (with smaller feet—these only go up to size 8) who enjoy the extra inches of heel lift, which helps them get their feet more firmly  planted on the ground.
Offered in sizes: 35–39 (US 5–8), the Daytona Lady Star GTX is well known and highly recommended by shorter women riders (with smaller feet—these only go up to size 8) who enjoy the extra inches of heel lift, which helps them get their feet more firmly planted on the ground.

Maggie McNally is just 5 feet 1 inch tall and prefers that “tiny bit more” that the extra 2.36 inches of integrated heel lift of the Daytona Lady Stars offer. Watertight and breathable with a GORE-TEX membrane, the touring boot offers almost 12 inches of shaft height for extra protection. Daytona Lady Star has a generous adjustable calf closure with side zips and Velcro. Elasticated inserts in the ankle area flex to allow for a snug fit and conform to the shape of the leg for excellent comfort. Reinforced gear shift pad, reflective heel insert, non-slip rubber sole, and a plastic reinforced inner sole with a hot-dip galvanized steel inlay round out the boot’s safety features.

Reader Laura Heinlein has logged more than 25,000 miles in these Lady Star GTX boots in about 4 years. She loves these boots so much that she has replaced the broken zipper pull and is bringing them to her cobbler for some reconditioning.
Reader Laura Heinlein has logged more than 25,000 miles in these Lady Star GTX boots in about 4 years. She loves these boots so much that she has replaced the broken zipper pull and is bringing them to her cobbler for some reconditioning.

At 5 feet 4 inches, Laura appreciates the extra lift the Lady Stars offer, but mostly raves about the boot’s walking comfort and waterproof qualities. She says that the zipper is difficult to zip past the midway point, which you can see has buckled slightly after years of use, but it doesn’t stop her from wearing and recommending these boots.
At 5 feet 4 inches, Laura appreciates the extra lift the Lady Stars offer, but mostly raves about the boot’s walking comfort and waterproof qualities. She says that the zipper is difficult to zip past the midway point, which you can see has buckled slightly after years of use, but it doesn’t stop her from wearing and recommending these boots.


Daytona Road Star GTX, $350–$399

For taller ladies with wider feet, like Alisa Clickenger, the Daytona Road Star GTX is available in men’s sizes 36–51 (US 5–16).
For taller ladies with wider feet, like Alisa Clickenger, the Daytona Road Star GTX is available in men’s sizes 36–51 (US 5–16).

Alisa Clickenger, founder of Women’s Motorcycle Tours, also chose the Star boot from Daytona. However, on the opposite end of the height spectrum, finding a women’s size 12 is nearly impossible and not available in the Lady Star, so she wears the men’s Daytona Road Star GTX. These boots are available in a number of sizes and five widths, so women of all sizes can consider the Road Star a viable footwear option.

Now updated from her early version, the Daytona is the first motorcycle boot Alisa ever owned. She estimates riding 150,000 miles with the first pair, taking her comfortably all the way down to South America and then up to Alaska. She loves the Daytona’s comfort, protection, and most of all waterproof qualities. Other features include calf adjustment, dual zippers, ankle and shin protection, reinforced steel inlay, reflective heel inlay, and nonslip rubber sole.


SIDI Lady Gavia GORE-TEX, $274.99

Italian boot maker SIDI has been a longtime favorite of several WRN staffers for years. The Lady Gavia Gore-Tex boots come in sizes 37–43 (US 5.5–10.5).
Italian boot maker SIDI has been a longtime favorite of several WRN staffers for years. The Lady Gavia Gore-Tex boots come in sizes 37–43 (US 5.5–10.5).

Black Girls Ride editor Porsche Taylor loves the SIDI Gavia boot. The mid-height boot serves as the value priced entry point into SIDI’s GORE-TEX line and is one of the few women’s boots we found that are offered in a larger size. Made with a GORE-TEX breathable and waterproof membrane, the Gavia keeps riders dry. The hook and loop closure and zipper entry/closure system ensures a good fit. Protective features include internal heel, inner ankle, and toe protection.

Logging thousands of miles while wearing the SIDI Lady Gavia boots, Porsche Taylor says her feet stay dry and comfortable even on the longest riding days in them.
Logging thousands of miles while wearing the SIDI Lady Gavia boots, Porsche Taylor says her feet stay dry and comfortable even on the longest riding days in them.

Porsche chose to wear these boots during her 19 days on the road while riding with the Women Riders World Relay logging thousands of miles in all seasons and weather, including snow, rain, and 90-degree sunny days. Through it all, the Sidi boot was a solid performer and kept Porsche’s feet comfortable and dry even after some brutal 14-hour riding days.

WRN editor Tricia Szulewski also picked the Lady Gavia as her favorite touring boots. She attributes the top-notch comfort to the well curved footbed insert that has a fairly formed arch support and a heel cup that hugs the heel. They are lightweight and flexible which makes walking in them easy and comfortable. She also likes that the Gavia’s 10-inch shaft height is high enough to protect most of the shin, but low enough to be able to easily get jeans over the boot. While some touring boots have thick shin padding, the Gavia’s are on the thinner side, so they don’t stick out oddly from underneath her pant leg.

Tricia likes how the Sidi Lady Gavia’s flex panels in the foot allow her to move her feet forward on her BMW S 1000 XR footpegs to reach the brake and clutch levers without resistance.
Tricia likes how the Sidi Lady Gavia’s flex panels in the foot allow her to move her feet forward on her BMW S 1000 XR footpegs to reach the brake and clutch levers without resistance.

Riding with the balls of her feet on the pegs, the Gavia boot pivots back into a comfortable sporty position.
Riding with the balls of her feet on the pegs, the Gavia boot pivots back into a comfortable sporty position.

Subsequent articles will focus on our favorite picks for cruising boots, adventure and dirtbike riding boots, sportbike and track riding boots, and our best picks for urban sneaker motorcycle shoes. Be sure to sign up for our free newsletter to be the first to know when these stories are published.


To order and see more styles, please visit the following web sites:
Alpinestars
Alpinestars.com

Dainese
Dainese.com

Daytona
Helimot.com

SIDI
Motonation.com

We understand there are a lot more great offerings out there. Please share in the comments below what your go-to riding boots are and why you love them.

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