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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-01-2009, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
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Boots for wide feet

So next year will be my first year riding (after courses and exams this year). I've got all my gear lined up except for my boots which are always a contentious issue for me. I have wide feet. Not incredibly wide, but just enough to split regular shoes open over time and make them uncomfortable. For the first time last year I got some properly sized wide winter boots and had to get Belleville 795 army boots to find a proper fit. Luckily, Merrell makes some nice wide hiking shoes so I'm now comfortable in the summer time too.

So here's my question: Motorcycle boots are reinforced which makes them quite rigid and those I've tried had the same usual tight fit. Is there a manufacturer out there that makes wide sizes or something wider that usual?

If I can't find anything I'll go for some Belleville 800ST all leather army boots with a steel toe, but it won't have any ankle of heel protection... Still better than guaranteeing myself an injury from improperly fitting boots though.


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I wear an 11.5-12 EE-EEE—obviously manufacturer-dependent—and TCX (formerly Oxtar) boots fit me great. They're definitely wider than other brands. Consider ordering from New Enough as their return policy is excellent.
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I wear Oxtar TCX, whatever its called these days and have a wide foot and find them very comfortable. You should also consider;

http://www.compacc.com/prod.cfm/cid/1001008/pid/16911

for extra wide feet.

I paid $169.00 on eBay for my Oxtar's, but I had tried them on in a store before purchase-you might want to do the same. Either way expect to pay close to $200.00 for a good pair, but they should last you years.

Would NOT recommend the steel toe, you need to be able to feel the gear lever in my view. A steel toe would make that impossible, plus making the boot too tall for the angle of your ankle to be comfortable-if that makes sense? I.E. you would have to lower your toe so much to get the boot under the gear lever it would be un-comfortable, that sentence makes more sense.

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I usually agree with you Mac, but I wear steel toes all the time & don't have an issue with them.



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Thanks, I'll see if I can find a dealer in my area for those. Last part of my puzzle before I get the Versys this spring.
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I usually wear a EEE and I was able to get some Alpine Star WEB Goretex boots. To make them fit I replaced the sole pad with an odor eater pad...now they fit fine. I had tried them on the store and they fit great, but when I got mine they were too tight...what I figured out is that someone had taken the sole pads out of the boots in the store.

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