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Suit up with the best motorcycle boots for men in 2024 – TCX, Taylor Stitch, and more

Sure, motorcycle boots are technically "safety wear," but that doesn't mean they can't look good, too

Belstaff Endurance Motorcycle Boots
Best classic motorcycle boots
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Taylor Stitch The Moto Boot
Taylor Stitch The Moto Boot
Best limited-edition motorcycle boots
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Dainese Dover Gore-Tex Shoes
Dainese Dover Gore-Tex Shoes
Best Gore-Tex motorcycle boots
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Aether Moto Boot
Aether Moto Boot
Best premium motorcycle boots
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REVIVAL X WHITE'S MOTORCYCLE BOOTS
Revival X White’s Motorcycle Boots
Best splurge motorcycle boots
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TCX Hero WP Boots
TCX Hero WP Boots
Best value motorcycle boots
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Sidi Adventure 2 Gore-Tex Boots
Sidi Adventure 2 Gore-Tex Boots
Best adventure-ready motorcycle boots
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TCX Fuel WP Boots
TCX Fuel WP Boots
Best engineered motorcycle boots
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More often than not, motorcycle boots are heavy, clunky, and purely functional without taking fashion into consideration. But these features are what ensure the safety of your feet, ankles, and calves should the worst things happen on two wheels. For the best motorcycle gear and chaps that can withstand scrapes, crashes, and everything in-between in any weather, stylish boots are usually regarded as secondary.

This doesn’t mean you can’t find a suitable pair of boots that are both fashionable and functional. Whether you’re a newbie rider shopping for your first motorcycle or a veteran cruiser with decades under your belt, here are our top picks for the best motorcycle boots for men in 2024.

Belstaff Endurance Leather Motorcycle Boots isolated on a white studio background.
Belstaff

Belstaff Endurance Motorcycle Boots

Best classic motorcycle boots

Few boot brands offer the style, heritage, and quality of Belstaff. These staple motorcycle boots from the famed British bootmaker boast all the essentials, including a waxed, water-repellant, full-grain buffalo upper. The flexible Vibram rubber sole offers maximum traction and a medium-firm give for comfortable all-day wear. Reinforced construction at the heel and toe provides an extra layer of protection. Plus, they look damn cool to boot (get it?).

Belstaff Endurance Motorcycle Boots
Best classic motorcycle boots
Taylor Stitch The Moto Boot on a white background.
Taylor Stitch

Taylor Stitch The Moto Boot

Best limited-edition motorcycle boots

Taylor Stitch’s entire catalog is a design study in beautiful heritage apparel. The Moto Boot is no exception. The handmade motorcycle boot boasts a classic street-centric aesthetic. But thoughtful design features — including a 4-ounce Snuff waterproof suede construction, Goodyear-welted Vibram sole, and antique brass eyelets — mean they’re equally at home in the saddle, too.

We especially love the no-break-in design, so they’re ready to go right out of the box. Like many Taylor Stitch products, The Moto Boot is crafted in small-batch runs, so no two are exactly alike. They’re also limited edition, so once they sell out, there's a high possibility that they may never be in stock again.

Taylor Stitch The Moto Boot
Taylor Stitch The Moto Boot
Best limited-edition motorcycle boots
Dainese Dover Gore-Tex Shoes (Motorcycle Boots) on a plain white background.
Dainese

Dainese Dover Gore-Tex Shoes

Best Gore-Tex motorcycle boots

If full men’s motorcycle riding boots are a bit much for your riding style, Dainese has just the thing. The Italian manufacturer’s Dover Gore-Tex Riding Shoes blend future-forward streetwear looks with the protection of hardcore motorcycle boots. The suede and leather construction ensures comfortable all-day wear both on- and off-bike, while a breathable Gore-Tex membrane ensures your feet stay warm and dry in any condition. Plus, toe pads and gear shifter guards provide additional protection where it counts.

Dainese Dover Gore-Tex Shoes
Dainese Dover Gore-Tex Shoes
Best Gore-Tex motorcycle boots
Pair of tan Aether Moto Boots on a white studio background.
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Aether Moto Boot

Best premium motorcycle boots

These premium motorcycle boots from perennial favorite Aether are handmade from fine vegetable-tanned leather in Portugal. The muted aesthetic takes styling cues from classic work and “Commando” boots and injects practical rider-centric features into the mix. Essentials include D30 ankle-protection pads, reinforced leather shift pads, and Vibram soles with low-profile forefoot lugs. Speed hooks at the top of each boot guarantee quick-lacing, while finger pulls make it easier to take these boots off and put them back on.

Aether Moto Boot
Aether Moto Boot
Best premium motorcycle boots
Black Revival X White’s Motorcycle Boots on a white studio background.
Revival X

Revival X White’s Motorcycle Boots

Best splurge motorcycle boots

Several years back, Revival Cycles partnered with White’s Boots (best known for high-quality logging boots) to create an heirloom-quality, street-style motorcycle boot. The result is the aptly named Revival x White’s Motorcycle Boots. They’re at once bold, classic, modern, and functional. Off-bike, they look great with a design inspired by military police service boots. But they also offer legit rider protection with all-leather construction, aramid fiber stitching throughout, and a rebuildable/re-soleable design that’s built to last.

REVIVAL X WHITE'S MOTORCYCLE BOOTS
Revival X White’s Motorcycle Boots
Best splurge motorcycle boots
TCX Hero WP Motorcycle Boots on a plain, white background.
TCX

TCX Hero WP Boots

Best value motorcycle boots

If you're ready to up your boot game from that tired old pair of Docs, TCX's Hero WP Boots deliver. The classic-meets-modern aesthetic is stylish enough for all-day wear off-bike. When you're ready to hit the road, they offer the protection of legit motorcycle boots. The full-grain vintage leather upper includes a weatherproof liner (hence the "WP") and ankle reinforcements for the perfect combination of comfort and protection.

TCX Hero WP Boots
TCX Hero WP Boots
Best value motorcycle boots
Sidi Adventure 2 Gore-Tex Boots on a plain white background.
Sidi

Sidi Adventure 2 Gore-Tex Boots

Best adventure-ready motorcycle boots

Serious riders value practicality and protection over styling and fashion. The Adventure 2 Gore-Tex Boots from SIDI Boots are built for hardcore adventure riders who need the utmost in coverage and crash protection. The Gore-Tex membrane is waterproof and highly breathable, while full-grain microfiber and Cordura provide more comfortable wear in the upper. Shock-resistant heel construction, a premium Cambrelle lining, and anti-wear heat panels ensure they’re comfortable even on the longest rides.

Sidi Adventure 2 Gore-Tex Boots
Sidi Adventure 2 Gore-Tex Boots
Best adventure-ready motorcycle boots
Pair of TCX Fuel WP Boots (in black) on a white studio background.
TCX

TCX Fuel WP Boots

Best engineered motorcycle boots

Another solid option from TCX Boots, the Fuel WP are a pair of engineer-style motorcycle boots with a classic silhouette that just works. The handsome, full-grain leather is timeless, so it looks great in any decade, while an oiled treatment and waterproof liner ensure they keep your feet and shins protected in virtually any condition. Adjustable buckles help guarantee a perfect fit, while solid rubber soles keep your feet planted both on and off your two-wheeler.

TCX Fuel WP Boots
TCX Fuel WP Boots
Best engineered motorcycle boots

Do you really need motorcycle boots?

The clear answer is: Yes. Every rider should own and always wear a good pair of motorcycle boots. The most obvious reason for this is crash protection. Every part of your body should be covered with a strong, durable layer to protect your body in an accident. Road rash is a very real danger. The injuries can range from minor cuts and abrasions to deep trauma that requires surgery. Dropping a few hundred dollars on a good pair of motorcycle boots is a good investment in prevention.

Another perhaps less important reason for needing motorcycle boots is weather protection. Ride long enough, and you will encounter unexpected weather. It's inevitable. That could mean getting wet, cold, or both. Often, this is a minor inconvenience. But if you live in an area with extreme weather or extreme changes in weather, however, this could result in more dangerous situations with the potential for hypothermia or heat exhaustion. Spend the extra money on a good pair of motorcycle boots that are waterproof, breathable, and provide some protection against wind.

How do men wear motorcycle boots?

Like a good pair of jeans, the best motorcycle boots can be a versatile addition to any man’s wardrobe. A limited-edition pair from, say, Belstaff or Taylor Stich can punch up a rough-and-tumble bad-ass style. Alternatively, a bold, Euro-inspired pair like those from Revival Cycles can show off your fashion sense while providing legitimate protection on the back of your two-wheeler. Consider accenting your pair of men’s motorcycle boots with a flannel shirt and henley or a ribbed thermal and a vintage leather jacket for men — your call.

What are the best motorcycle boots for men?

Motorcycle boots vary widely in style, shape, utility, and wearability. Like most outdoor gear, the “best” motorcycle boots are those that are right for you. If you’re looking for the best men's shoes or footwear that’s versatile and comfortable on- and off-bike, consider a pair of men’s motorcycle shoes like Dainese’s Dover Gore-Tex Shoes. The best models offer the comfort of everyday boots but with extra crash and weather protection for riding days. If you value safety over style, opt for a boot with complete lower leg coverage like Belstaff’s Endurance Leather Motorcycle Boots. And, if you’re a serious, no-compromises rider, an adventure touring pair like SIDI’s Adventure 2 Gore-Tex Boots guarantee the utmost protection.

How should men's motorcycle boots fit?

Motorcycle boots should fit snugly but not be constricting. Here's are some tips on getting the perfect and most comfortable fit.

  • Heels: Your heels shouldn't slip when you walk. A slight lift when you raise your toes is OK, but excessive movement indicates the motorcycle boots are too loose.
  • Ankles: The ankle joints should be secure to prevent twisting and rollovers. Some boots have built-in ankle protection that might feel snug initially but shouldn't restrict movement.
  • Midfoot and toes: There should be enough space to wiggle your toes slightly. Boots shouldn't pinch or bunch at the front, as this can be uncomfortable and affect control.

Be sure to walk around in the boots to assess the overall comfort. They should feel secure and supportive without being uncomfortably tight or bulky. Also, pay attention to pressure points. Areas like the shins, ankle bones, and insteps shouldn't feel excessively pinched or rubbed. Lastly, consider your riding position. Some boots are designed for specific riding styles (sport, touring, etc.) and might feel more comfortable in certain postures.

If you’re itching for a proper road trip on the back of your two-wheeler, consider camping along the way with one of the best motorcycle tents.

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