How are you supposed to pick motorcycle boots? There are so many styles and so many companies that make them. The sheer number of options on the market could make your head spin.

Instead of trying to tell you which are the best motorcycle boots, let's concentrate on what you should look for in any pair. After all, "best" is very subjective; what's best for you might not be best for someone else.

So what should you look for in a pair of motorcycle boots?

Motorcycle Boots Should Be Comfortable While Riding And Not

A good pair of motorcycle boots should be comfortable while on the bike and when you're not. You should be able to wear them at any time, for any reason, without thinking twice.

If they aren't comfortable enough to wear just walking around, doing...literally anything at all...then there's no compelling reason why they should be used as motorcycle boots. Practical footwear that isn't comfortable to wear isn't practical.

If you couldn't be on your feet all day in your motorcycle boots, you wouldn't want to ride all day in them. And that's going to make riding miserable, which means you'll do less of it.

Motorcycle Boots Should Protect You From Heat, Vibration...And Possibly Worse

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Another critical aspect of what you should look for in motorcycle boots is the protection from the elements, as well as the heat from the engine, vibrations from the road and certainly in case of having to lay the bike down.

Just as with firefighter boots, motorcycle boots are protective equipment. They have to be tough enough to protect your feet.

Obviously, they still must be comfortable enough to wear for extended periods, but that doesn't mean they can't still be rigid and durable enough to stand up to the rigors of wearing on the road.

If your feet feel like they're being rattled apart on the road, those aren't good motorcycle boots. If you feel like your feet are being rubbed raw by the shift pedal, those aren't good motorcycle boots. If your feet feel like they're in an oven while riding, then those aren't really good motorcycle boots.

Your Motorcycle Boots Should Be A Good Fit For Your Bike And Lifestyle

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You should also choose a pair of motorcycle boots that are a good fit for you, your bike and your lifestyle. A pair of engineer boots are probably not a great fit if you ride a sport bike, and a pair of trainers are really not a great fit if you ride a heavy cruiser like a Harley Softtail or an Indian Chief.

In other words, make sure you're picking motorcycle boots that are a good fit for you.

If you select a pair of motorcycle boots that you inherently like anyway, you're going to get a lot more enjoyment out of them and therefore from riding.