Last updated: May 14th, 2024

Things to consider when buying Motorcycle Boots

When gearing up for your motorcycle adventures, boots are the substance to your style: vital to your safety and riding experience. Therefore, making the right choice when buying motorcycle boots is crucial. Below we outline some key considerations.

In this guide, we'll walk you through the essential factors to consider when selecting the perfect pair of motorcycle boots. We'll cover everything from styles suitable for both men and women to various functionalities such as waterproofing, adventure-ready designs, classic options, plus a nod to our reputable RST motorcycle boots.

Key Considerations

1. Prioritise Safety, Always

First and foremost, motorcycle boots are your safeguard on the road. Look for boots that provide proper ankle support and reinforced toe and heel areas. Check for sturdy construction, and consider models with CE-certified armour for that extra layer of protection should you ever need it. ALL of RST's boots offer CE-certification.

2. The Comfort Factor

Comfort is key when it comes to long rides. Opt for boots that fit snugly without being overly tight. Many boots offer adjustable closures – think laces, zippers, or buckles – allowing you to fine-tune the fit. Don't forget to check for cushioning and breathable linings, keeping your feet comfy during those epic journeys.

3. Gender-Specific Boots

Keep an eye out for boots designed to cater to your gender's unique needs. Women's motorcycle boots are tailored with the female rider in mind, often featuring a narrower heel and calf for a more comfortable fit. Men's motorcycle boots, on the other hand, provide a roomier fit, accommodating the broader male foot.

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4. Material Matters

Leather motorcycle boots are the classic choice, revered for their durability and resistance to abrasion. Full-grain leather is your go-to for maximum durability, while top-grain leather offers flexibility without compromising on toughness. If you anticipate wet conditions, explore waterproof motorcycle boots, typically equipped with waterproof membranes like Sympatex® to keep your feet dry.

5. Styling for Your Purpose

Your choice of boots should align with your riding style. Adventure motorcycle boots are the champs for off-road and adventure riding, offering rugged protection and longevity. If you're going for a vintage look with modern safety features, retro motorcycle boots might be your pick. As for RST motorcycle boots, they've earned their reputation for quality and innovation, appealing to a wide range of riding styles.

6. Examining the Sole and Traction

Your boots' sole isn't just about style – it's also about stability and grip. Look for boots with oil-resistant, anti-slip soles to keep you steady on various surfaces. Some boots even come with reinforced shanks in the sole for extra support.

7. Ventilation and Breathability

For warmer weather rides, ventilation is your best friend. Boots with effective ventilation systems help your feet stay cool, preventing them from overheating. Look out for boots designed with breathable liners and perforated panels that promote airflow.

RST Featured Boots

This year RST released a selection of brand new boot models as part of our latest collection (to add to our already stellar collection of protective motorcycle footwear). Below we highlight some of these, looking at their key features.


A truly global boot. The Ambush really will get you anywhere in any condition, featuring a sympatex® membrane, three-buckle and Velcro closure system and a hard wearing sole, for any type of environment that you encounter when you ride around the world. The Ambush will be there to provide you with the protection and the comfort you need to ride all day.

View Ambush Waterproof Motorcycle Boots


The Workwear boot is RST’s take on a fashion workwear styled boot engineered for motorcycle riding. Featuring inbuilt ankle protectors and all the requirements for a motorcycle CE Certified boot.

View Workwear CE-certified Motorcycle Boots


The mid height version of the original Adventure-X boot. Equipped with a large twin buckle closure system, the Adventure-X Mid is easy to put on and take off, while remaining fastened in place with additional hook & loop fasteners. A breathable SinAqua Pro membrane keeps the foot dry and fresh whether riding in the rain or wading through mud.

View Adventure-X Mid Waterproof Boots

In conclusion, the choice of motorcycle boots is a critical one, impacting both your safety and comfort while riding. Consider your riding style, gender-specific requirements, safety features, and personal comfort when making your selection. Whether you're interested in men's or women's motorcycle boots, RST will have a pair to suit your needs. View our full collection below;

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Christopher Impey

A motorcycle rider and enthusiast; as the digital editor for RST, Chris is responsible for creating compelling copy and captivating digital experiences.