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hey everyone, just wondering what kind of footwear you use when riding your wing?

do you prefer boots or shoes?



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I have a pair of TCX waterproof boots that come just above my ankle. I've had them for almost the 22 months I've had the bike and they're still in great shape. I've considered trying a taller boot with more air flow like the TCX Air-tech Evo boot or even going to a shoe type thing or above the ankle boot, but with more air flow. The only problem is that there's not really anything wrong with the ones I have now. They're not too hot, even in the Texas summer. And with a thick pair of wool socks and opening the heat vents they're also been warm enough for rides down to 29 degrees Fahrenheit. They're not great for a lot of walking, so I have to carry more comfortable shoes in the bags if that's going to happen, but they're okay for some walking.
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I use workmen type hard capped toes, zip and lace up boots- they come up 3-4" above the ankle - have water resistant uppers -long wearing soles - rubber, and after the first few days are really comfortable to wear.

As I ride to and from work everyday - and walk around in them all day - I don't need to use my proper riding boots - unless doing an extended trip.

They give good ankle protection - and are easy to get on and off - simple zip zip..

The last pair have lasted 4 years - now they are good for yard work - have plenty of sole left ...

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pretty much the same as Aussie81Interstate

I sometimes, wear my Dr. Scholls shoes, but they have a severe downside.
they will slip right off your foot if something pulls on the heels the least little bit.

I can't wear tennis shoes, I have 11 H wide feet.
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When I rode Harleys, they had lots of room round the shift peg, so I wore Engineer boots with steel toes. I was also younger then and could carry the weight :lol: :lol: :lol:

Now that I am older, and ride a motorcycle with limited space at the shifter, I have gone to Technical boots. I also wear TCX brand as they are good for wide feet. I wear the Air-Tek model which is about 11 1/2 inches tall, and has a hard molded front piece inside the leather. This has been struck by a rock in past and it does work to protect the shin. I find they are okay for walking, but not for touristy type walking. Alpinstar is another brand that fits narrower feet than mine, but I cannot wear them. These are a bit more pricey than Engineer boots, but serve the purpose well. I have about six years on the first pair I bought and I am breaking in a brand new pair this year.
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I bought a pair of alpinestar new land Gore-Tex boots back in '15 and really love them so much so that even though they have been discontinued I searched hard and bought another pair. the old ones are not worn out I just want another pair while I could still find them which is getting hard to do
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Viking wrote:
Thu May 30, 2019 7:02 am
I also wear TCX brand as they are good for wide feet. I wear the Air-Tek model which is about 11 1/2 inches tall, and has a hard molded front piece inside the leather. This has been struck by a rock in past and it does work to protect the shin. I find they are okay for walking, but not for touristy type walking.
Since I am considering the TCX Air-Tech boots I am interested in your assessment. What is your experience with acceptable temperature ranges for riding with these boots and what is the air flow really like considering much of our legs are blocked and protected by the fairing and engine? Has the height of the boot been any kind of hindrance for space or flexibility? What about your pants? Do you wear them over the boot or tucked into the boot? Is there anything other information that might be helpful, pro or con?


Thanks in advance!
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I wear a pair like this:





They're waterproof, but they breathe. Not too hot in summer, and when it gets REALLY cold, I have a pair of heated insoles I stick in them.

They're great, very comfortable on the bike...not so comfortable to walk around in, though.

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WingAdmin wrote:
Thu May 30, 2019 7:24 pm
I wear a pair like this:

Solution2Pair_750x750.jpg

They're waterproof, but they breathe. Not too hot in summer, and when it gets REALLY cold, I have a pair of heated insoles I stick in them.

They're great, very comfortable on the bike...not so comfortable to walk around in, though.
are those tourmaster solutions boots
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detdrbuzzard wrote:
Thu May 30, 2019 7:59 pm
WingAdmin wrote:
Thu May 30, 2019 7:24 pm
I wear a pair like this:

Solution2Pair_750x750.jpg

They're waterproof, but they breathe. Not too hot in summer, and when it gets REALLY cold, I have a pair of heated insoles I stick in them.

They're great, very comfortable on the bike...not so comfortable to walk around in, though.
are those tourmaster solutions boots
They are, but that's not what I have - that's why I said I wear a pair "like" them. Mine haven't been made for a few years, but they look and cost (and function) very much like those.

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Has anyone had any experience with these boots, and if so could you comment on them? https://fortnine.ca/en/tourmaster-respo ... -3-0-boots
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These are the ones I use. They are German. Mine are now 20 years old and so well worn in, but despite the gear change pad (plastic) disintegrating a few years ago, they still function very well and are supremely comfortable.
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I looked into the TCX boots, and the Size Chart that I saw does NOT have any mention of Widths.

I have an 11 H foot, that is a 11-EEEE wide
add that width to a very high Arch, and I cannot use slip on footwear unless it is a Sandal.

Are any of you having trouble with Wide Widths ?
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Well, I have always said I have a fourple E foot, but I manage with EEE widths as I cannot find EEEE. TCX work for me. The only thing I can suggest is to get some and try them on, making sure you can return them. I think Wingstuff handles TCX. At least, that is who I bought my first pair from at a Wingding in Knoxville TN. I normally wear a 42.5 in shoes (UK 8.5/9.5 US) but had to go up to a 43 in the TCX to get perfect fit. That would be a UK 9 or US 10. You might need a 45 or even a 46.

http://wingstuff.com/products/37344-exp ... x-footwear
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Viking wrote:
Fri May 31, 2019 3:04 pm
Well, I have always said I have a fourple E foot, but I manage with EEE widths as I cannot find EEEE. TCX work for me. The only thing I can suggest is to get some and try them on, making sure you can return them. I think Wingstuff handles TCX. At least, that is who I bought my first pair from at a Wingding in Knoxville TN. I normally wear a 42.5 in shoes (UK 8.5/9.5 US) but had to go up to a 43 in the TCX to get perfect fit. That would be a UK 9 or US 10. You might need a 45 or even a 46.

http://wingstuff.com/products/37344-exp ... x-footwear
Based on your comments, I ordered that boot in size 46.
There aren't any shoes in stock, in any footwear store in Tulsa, OK what I can even get my feet down into.

I need a pair for NASR12 before I leave home, so taking a chance here.
even if they are 1 size too large, and extra pair of socks will usually fix that problem.

and, once stopped for the day, switch back to my walking shoes.
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Definitely boots, gotta cover the ankles. Boots also provide more support for the lower legs/ankles/feet, especially on a 900 pound motorcycle.

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Mostly I wear a plain jane Redwing engineer boot. I applied liberal amounts of dubbin to water resist if possible. Generally try to avoid rain. I also when hot where a Redhead (Bass Pro brand) hunting boot about 8 in. high. It is of gor tex and leather construction and breaths well.
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Black combat boots......

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Hi, Returned to biking last year after a 20+ year break! currently I have Richa Hippora boots, whilst comfy and sturdy for riding the bike, I do struggle walking while wearing them (mainly due to disability issues). I do struggle to find a comfortable shoe/boot at the best of times! :shock: 8-) :lol:
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Post by kmarmorton@gmail.com »

The wife and I wear Red Wing boots. Mine are the Iron Ranger. Very comfortable on and off the bike. They are not a hard toe so it is still easy to shift. I can't remember what model my wife's are though.

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I wear Bilt Pro Tourer’s I got from Cycle Gear. I have Dr. Scholls inserts and they are comfortable enough to wear anywhere. I sometimes wear them to work in the yard.
I covered them with mink oil when I first got them and they don’t leak. They do breathe pretty well and are warm in our light winters. I really like the dual zippers.
They have held up well for a year.


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As a retired flatbed truck driver I wore steel towed calf high boots. In 2013 I was considering lighter boots when I was rear ended ;) , knocked off the bike onto the pavement with the car stopped on the toe of my right foot. The steel toe saved me from serious injury.
I will continue wearing the steel toed boots even though heavier. ;)

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Foundationally, no matter what sort of riding you're doing, you should wear boots (1) with non-skid soles and (2) at least high enough to cover your ankles.
Beyond that, you have to consider how much walking you're likely to be doing. Most purpose-built touring boots are going to be fine on the bike but many will be decidedly unsuitable for extended pedestrian use.

On long hauls, I spend a lot of time off the bike and place a premium on walking comfort. My all-time favorites were the army-issue, lace-up Addison combat boots I got for free; obviously designed for walking but solid and sufficiently thin soled to allow room for easy shifting. Since the last pair of those disintegrated I've been wearing Red Wing pull-on engineer boots which are a little more clunky but still good for walking.

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I wore tactical type lace up boots for years when we did long trips as they were reasonably comfortable for walking and waterproof. I’m now retired and a full time RVer, so we no longer do long rides but do a lot of day trips sightseeing in national parks or whatever is of interest where we are at the time. My tactical boots were not comfortable for hours of hiking, so I bought a pair of Merrell hiking “shoes” in 3/4 height so I’d have ankle coverage. They have non slip soles are waterproof and breathe. Kind of the best of both worlds and I’ve been in them for 2 years now. Very comfortable. The link show a similar style to what I have.
https://www.merrell.com/US/en/moab-2-mi ... oe&start=1

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detdrbuzzard wrote:
Thu May 30, 2019 7:59 pm
WingAdmin wrote:
Thu May 30, 2019 7:24 pm
I wear a pair like this:

Solution2Pair_750x750.jpg

They're waterproof, but they breathe. Not too hot in summer, and when it gets REALLY cold, I have a pair of heated insoles I stick in them.

They're great, very comfortable on the bike...not so comfortable to walk around in, though.
are those tourmaster solutions boots
Years ago when I was young and cared, I used to polish my boots. They looked great but I couldn't bear to scuff the toes up with the shifter, so I developed a way to shift using the top of the sole and the side of my boot. I always liked the Tourmasters but couldn't wear them because they don't have a separation between the sole and the boot. No way for me to shift. (Old habits are hard to break.) I currently wear a pair of Icon Super Duty boots. They have never seen polish since the day I bought them. I still shift with the top of my sole.



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