Sidi Vertigo Gore-Tex boots, from £207 at www.mcnshop.com
Miles covered/time: 15,000/four years
What’s good: These boots have seen four winters and many more miles in mostly terrible weather (and even a BMF moped enduro round), so they’ve taken a lot of stick, but they still do their job for the most part (see below).
The sizes are a little bigger than other boots, but a thicker pair of socks sorts this, and it makes them incredibly comfy. My feet have never been cold – and the thickest socks I wear are football socks.
The fact I’ve had them for four years and never once thought about getting another pair speaks volumes.
What’s not: The Velcro tab can’t be pulled tight enough to snugly fit round my calves meaning they look slightly big. After four years, the soles have no grip left on them whatsoever, meaning my feet slip off the pegs in the wet on some bikes. But I have left them on all day and covered plenty of miles walking in them over the years.
The soles have also peeled from the base of the boot a little at the front, meaning they’re no longer fully-waterproof in serious rain. If I’d taken them off instead of leaving them on all day then they’d still be in much better condition.