Motocross Boots | Dirt Bike Shoes

Dirt Bike BootsDeciding on a pair of Motocross boots can be tricky business. On the one hand, you’ll want a durable, safe boot that will provide great protection and hold up for years. On the other, you’ll want one that doesn’t break the bank and is comfortable in all weather conditions. We’ll highlight some of the factors you should consider when choosing a boot so you can decide what’s most important to you.

Safety of Motocross Boots

Of course, saftey should be your number one concern. Dirt bike racers frequently sustain ankle injuries that can knock them out of action for months. Look for any or all of the following features to provide the best level of protection: steel sole inserts, heat shields, polyurethane shin and calf protector plates, as well as shock absorbing heel pads.

Durability

Many of the above safety features also provide durability. The stronger the boot components, the safer it will be and the longer it will hold up. Some higher-end boots will also offer removeable soles that can be replaced when worn down. Since soles are often the first part of a boot to wear out, this is a great way to ensure your boot will last.

Buckles are typically made of aluminum or plastic. Plastic will save you some money but will wear out more quickly.

Fit

Unless you’re buying a custom-fitted boot, no boot will fit perfectly. But flexible panels in the upper, coupled with gel pads around the foot will ensure you get a snug, comfortable fit. Look for a removable bootie — this will allow you to adjust the fit around your foot to just your size.

If your foot is a non-standard width, you may need to hunt around or to opt for a custom boot. Mainstream boots typically are only available in a single, standard width.

Brands and Price

Alpinestars, with their Tech 8′s and Tech 10′s, has been recognized as the leader for quite some time. Gaerne, with their SG-10 model, has closed the gap, though. And Sidi has always been known for great boots. Expect to spend between $300 and $400 for high-end boots. You can get away with a bit less if you’re looking to save money and are willing to sacrifice some of the above features. Don’t go too cheap, though, or you’ll sacrifice too much.

Other Factors

You’ll also want to consider the water-resistance of the boot. Many boots will have a gaiter — an insert designed to keep water out — that will do the job. Also consider the boot’s weight. All true racing boots will be lightweight, but if you’re concerned about every last ounce be sure to get accurate weight data before buying.

Youth Motocross Boots

A special note about motocross boots for kids — while youth options are more limited than adult’s, many of the top manufacturers make smaller versions of their boots. While it makes sense to sacrifice a bit on durability of a boot, these boots typically do provide as many safety options as their standard offerings.

Where to Buy Motocross Boots


Gaerne GMX Motocross Boots

Men’s Sport Motorcycle Short Boot, Lightweight & Padded

Gaerne GMX Motocross Boots | Men’s Sport Motorcycle Short Boot, Lightweight & Padded

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Thor 50/50 Men’s MX Short Boot

Lightweight In Brown, White or Black

Thor 50/50 Men’s MX Short Boot | Lightweight In Brown, White or Black

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Sidi Discovery Rain Boots

Black Leather Cambrelle w/ Memory Buckle Lock

Sidi Discovery Rain Boots | Black Leather Cambrelle w/ Memory Buckle Lock

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Frank Thomas Motorbike Boots Aqua

Motorcycle Mens Black Waterproof Leather

Frank Thomas Motorbike Boots Aqua | Motorcycle Mens Black Waterproof Leather

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Gaerne Balance Oiled Motorcycle Boots

Mens Brown Waterproof Leather & Drytech Liner

Gaerne Balance Oiled Motorcycle Boots | Mens Brown Waterproof Leather & Drytech Liner

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Sidi Vertigo Mens Race Boots, Narrow Black or White

Armored Adjustable Lorica, Worn Outside or Under Pants

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Oxtar TCX Competizione RS Boots

Pro Motorcycle Street Racing in Black Reinforced Steel

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Mens Motocross Alpinestars Boots, Armored

Black Suede Leather Tech 3

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Alpinestars MX Street Boots

Short Black Armored S-MX 2

Alpinestars MX Street Boots | Short Black Armored S-MX 2

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Alpinestars Mens MX Boots, Injection Molded

Black Leather Vented Tech 8

Alpinestars Mens MX Boots, Injection Molded | Black Leather Vented Tech 8

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