Short boots are growing in popularity with riders who want protection for their feet and ankles without losing the flexibility for walking around easily. They obviously lack the outright protection of full-height boots, but are effectively cut-down versions and are far superior to riding in conventional trainers.
Here are our five picks from the sporty short boots available on the MCN Shop – go to www.mcnshop.com for a wider range and more info.
Spada X-Street WP, £99.95
Cut-down sports boots with a leather upper and breathable waterproof membrane to keep feet dry, plus plastic ankle protection, gearchange pad and replaceable toesliders. The sole is anti-slip on the outside and cushioned on the inside and there’s double-density ankle support built in.
TCX X-Roadster Waterproof, £129.99
CE-approved to the standard for short riding boots, the Roadsters have padding at the front and rear and plastic reinforcements around the heel and gearshift area and a carbon-look section around the upper foot. They have a reinforced sole and also boast a waterproof membrane to keep out the rain.
Falco Novo 2, £119.99
Italian-made boots with a leather upper and a vented plastic heel cup for protection and another plastic box around the toes to protect against crushing. There’s an elasticated panel inside to ensure a close fit and a Velcro strap across the top for reassuring fastening, plus replaceable toesliders.
Alpinestars SMX 1.1, £129.99
Sporty shorties from Alpinestars have a 3D mesh liner to increase breathability for your feet with reinforced heels and toes and a large flex zone across the foot for walking comfort. The sole is made from Alpinestars’ rubber compound that’s designed to give maximum grip on the footpegs.
Sidi Streetburner, £189.99
The most expensive boots here are also the highest spec, with an external ankle brace, Sidi’s Tecno-II buckle system, a removable arch support and a closable air vent. The outer is made from top-grain leather and the replaceable toesliders are bolted to the boot rather than attached by Velcro.