I don't imagine that a lot of people will be using these boots for street/track riding but I figured I'd post up about them anyway.
First I'll say that I specifically wanted boots like this for dual sporting. It seems like most of the boots on the market are super stiff and I hate not having any feel. I know that it's all in the name of protection but if I can't function on the bike then I'm more compromised anyway. Second, I LOVE the style of vintage boots, particularly the old Hi Point boots, but they don't (haven't) sold a lot of them in the U.S. So there I was on Fleabay and I saw these guys. Then I saw that they were offered by a domestic vendor. So I went over to Revzilla and ordered one of the last two pairs they had available in my size. According to their website as of today they only have men's 8 and 9 in stock.
Sadly, these only come in men's sizing so there is a little wiggle room for my toes but ultimately these don't fit half bad. They do feel a little narrow though.
I haven't had a chance to test ride them yet but I'll add more to this review when I do.
Four nylon cam adjustable buckles with a replaceable nylon strap and housing design
Stamped steel shin plate
Alpinestars exclusive rubber compound sole with replaceable foot peg insert
Ergonomic ankle support with injected TPU ankle pads
Stamped stainless steel sole guard
Stamped steel shank
Exclusive ankle brace protector
Full-grain leather upper and lining
Leather over leather front flex zone
Replaceable anatomic footbed
Internal TPU plate on the inner side of the boot is curved in an anatomic shape and covered with leather
1. These are definitely not as stiff as the other boots on the market for dirt riding. Part of the reason is because they are all leather. There is ankle protection but it's somewhere between what you'd get in a track boot, and a casual riding boot. But that's also why they are so flexible. While they ARE stiff, I could still ride a Sportbike in these. While the ankle armor isn't all that hardcore, I feel it's adequate for most crashes. Will the boot keep your foot from rotating off your leg, or being folded into a pretzel? Yes. There is some padding on the inside of the boot also to keep your inner legs protected from the engine heat.
2. The quality is nice. The materials seem to be good quality with good quality construction. The only beef I have is with the clasps. They certainly FEEL kinda cheap and flexible when I'm locking them. Hopefully they hold up. They are adjustable, though.
3. The foot bed is comfortable and fitted nicely to my foot. There is some arch support but not a lot of cushion. The soles are nice. Pretty standard for grip.
Ultimately the features on these boots are pretty barebones. Some padding to reinforce the armor where ya need it but ultimately nothing extravagant. I expect that these will definitely hold up for a very long time though.