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post #1 of 8 Old 09-15-2014, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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I wear a size 15 shoe. For over a year I've looked for a pair of boots suitable for dual sport use that won't bust my wallet. I would like to keep it around $200 if possible. Been using a pair of gore tex work boots for riding. They wear great, but I wonder about their protection during a crash. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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You may not be able to find a dual-sport boot in that size, but there are boots available.

Alpinestars Tech 3/Tech 5, Thor Ratchet, Tourmaster Solution, and Fly Maverick are made in sizes to 15 and 16 and in the price range.

Except for the Solution, these are MX boots and may be a bit stiff to walk in, but the protection is there. The real difference between an MX boot and a dual-sport boot is that the DS boot may have a bit less crush protection in order to be better for walking around in.

A budget of $200 should be enough to get a boot of pretty good quality, too.

I don't know how widely available the larger sizes are, but BikeBandit seems to carry them.

They are a pretty good outfit and seem to have a generous return policy on stuff, which you're probably going to need unless you can find a brick-and-mortar where you can try them on before buying.

I've bought plenty of stuff from them and haven't had a bad experience yet, but I haven't had to return anything. When I bought my Gaerne Explorers (I have wide feet; only boot I could find at the time that was reasonable priced that came in wide sizes) the fit really well out of the box.

Open up a chat session with them and ask which boots are likely to fit your foot length and width.

The work boots will provide good sliding protection but you could wind up with serious ankle/foot damage if you get caught in a foot-crushing situation. No protection at all with those.

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Thanks Tom, I'll check them out. My problem is the stiffness of the mx boots.
Crushed my left ankle in a bike accident years ago, and it's pinned together. Most mx boots push in on the area of the injury. On work type boots, I can loosen the laces enough for relative comfort.
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I wear a size 15 also, i ended up going with sidi adventure boots, got them off revzilla. They have good return policy and the boots are awesome. Expensive, but awesome. Ok to walk in, but still offer great protection.
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Thanks, I'll check them out too.
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Thanks Tom, I'll check them out. My problem is the stiffness of the mx boots.
Crushed my left ankle in a bike accident years ago, and it's pinned together. Most mx boots push in on the area of the injury. On work type boots, I can loosen the laces enough for relative comfort.
Yes, the stiffness is going to be a problem. With the previous injury there's all the more reason to get out of the work boot.

You're going to have to be willing to go the extra mile. Give a call to the Fayetteville Cycle Gear and see if they can bring in some size 15 in Alpinestars, Fly, and Thor for you to try.

If they fit comfortably, great, but if they don't ask if you can take them to a good cobbler and see what the cobbler might be able to do. If he says he can fix them for you, buy 'em.

A good cobbler can be hard to find. Go in and see if he has a large shelf with a bunch of shoes in brown paper bags with tags on them, waiting to be picked up. Look in the back of the store and see if he has at least four different odd-looking machines there. The back of the shop should look like a tornado hit it. Take a deep breath and see if it smells sort of musty and oily. Look for an old guy with coke-bottle glasses and busted up fingers. If you find all of these, you're probably in the right place. A good cobbler can work wonders.

Take it from a guy with semi-large, but wide, feet, high arches, and ankles with huge bones in them. I know my cobblers.

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Yes, the stiffness is going to be a problem. With the previous injury there's all the more reason to get out of the work boot.

You're going to have to be willing to go the extra mile. Give a call to the Fayetteville Cycle Gear and see if they can bring in some size 15 in Alpinestars, Fly, and Thor for you to try.

If they fit comfortably, great, but if they don't ask if you can take them to a good cobbler and see what the cobbler might be able to do. If he says he can fix them for you, buy 'em.

A good cobbler can be hard to find. Go in and see if he has a large shelf with a bunch of shoes in brown paper bags with tags on them, waiting to be picked up. Look in the back of the store and see if he has at least four different odd-looking machines there. The back of the shop should look like a tornado hit it. Take a deep breath and see if it smells sort of musty and oily. Look for an old guy with coke-bottle glasses and busted up fingers. If you find all of these, you're probably in the right place. A good cobbler can work wonders.

Take it from a guy with semi-large, but wide, feet, high arches, and ankles with huge bones in them. I know my cobblers.

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That's a good Idea Tom. The manager of that Cycle Gear is a good friend. I've tried some size 14's there, and they're too small. I'll see if he'll order some 15's. Thanks!
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