Motorcycle Gear Review Justin Original Work Boots

motorcycle-boot-review-Justin-BootsCowboys and bikers are kindred spirits. and even though cowboys manage with only one horse and bikers seem happier when they rustle up 100 or so ponies for the ride, both groups understand the importance of appropriate riding gear for safety’s sake. That includes proper boots to protect their feet.

For years, cowboys and equestrians relied on Justin boots to keep their feet in the stirrups. It was in the late 1800s when HJ “Joe” Justin began a boot repair business in Gainesville, Texas. The company grew, and eventually boots for the working class joined the product line; today, if Joe were alive, he’d recognize the business he started as Justin Original Working Boots.

More relevant to motorcycle bagger owners today, some boots in Justin’s lineup make decent footwear for motorcycle riding. I recently tried a pair of Sunset Cowhides (#WK656) from Justin’s Stampede Collection. These lace-up boots have 8″-high ankles and take advantage of Justin’s J-Flex flexible comfort insole for a flexible fit the moment you lace them up.

Steel toes and rubber soles contribute to their being waterproof. I gave them a thorough dowsing with the garden hose and my feet stayed dry. The steel toe fends off the cold during night rides in my local mountains and the foam-padded uppers keep cold air from sneaking in from the top, giving me all that I expect from a riding boot.

And when it’s time to drop the sidestand, a steel shank with dual-density midsole provides a firm yet comfortable walking base, plus the oil- and slip-resistant outersole offers excellent traction when placing feet on the pavement during stops. In fact, my Sunset Cowhides’ rubber sole offered as much grip as I’ve ever experienced with a riding boot.

Justin boots are available in half sizes for men and women. My Sunset Cowhides retail for a suggested $150, what you’d expect to pay for a riding boot. MB

Product Review by by Dain Gingerelli

SOURCES Justin Boots, JustinBoots.com

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