Astars Fastlane Waterproof shoes, £119.99
Time used: Seven months
What’s good? These riding shoes are my new favourite piece of biking kit and I haven’t worn conventional bike boots since I’ve had them, apart from when I’m in leathers. They suit the ‘jeans and jacket’ riding kit I wear while pottering about on my BMW S1000R long-term test bike. They’re sturdy on the bike, but comfortable to wear casually and are fully waterproof, although if your trousers aren’t long enough you’re going to get water in from the top when it’s raining. Astars know how to make footwear, so the quality is right up there and they’re not too expensive, either.
What’s not? I’d feel a bit too exposed if I was going to ride very fast in these boots as they don’t have the tough ankle and shin protection of conventional racing-style boots, but wearing them makes me ride slower anyway,
Quality rating: 5/5
Value rating: 4/5