MotoBailey LaRyder Motorcycle Boot Review (From Ultimate Motorcycling)
When it comes to foot protection, your options live on a scale. At one end, you have flip-flop and on the other the race boot. You could settle for a dress shoe, get a traditional work boot that offers a bit more protection, or go full motorcycle boot and spend an entire day walking around the office awkwardly.
If you’re a style-minded rider, and more importantly one that is constantly on the go, not many options existed – until now.
Enter the MotoBailey – LaRyder. In terms of styling, you’ll find a classic look, something relative to a Chukka motorcycle boot, which has been taking over men’s fashion once again. On the surface, the MotoBailey slyly blends in with any fashionable boot that you’d find in any office these days, but what lies beneath is far more important.
Handmade in New Brausfels, Texas, Blake Bailey uses French leather for the exterior. Slipping a pair on, you’ll notice a comfortable yet firm feel to it all; great for walking and riding. As of late, they’ve become my “go-to” boot if I need to whip around to the office or shop. One of my favorite aspects of these boots is that it allows for great tactile feel, when shifting or braking, but doesn’t sacrifice comfort in the name of style.
An athletic insole aids in comfort for any rider that dons a pair of MotoBailey boots. Along with a traditional, wooden heel that doesn’t obstruct shifting or braking.
Leather offers a great amount of abrasion protection, but Blake took it a step further and lined his boots with Kevlar – one of the motorcycle industry’s favored materials. Aside from a fair amount of protection, when, and if, the leather meets the asphalt, you’ll have a little more helping you out.
Aside from that, you’ll also find PU protection in the ankle. On most people, the LaRyders will most likely come up above the ankle. All of it is pulled together by chord laces, which can be tucked away – no fuss, no muss.
So what is a boot like this for? It’s for someone that isn’t going to be riding hard, or fast, which goes without saying. That doesn’t mean that they aren’t up for the rigors of the road; quite the contrary. I spent an entire day romping around on Yamaha’s SCR950 in the dirt, and they were no worse for wear. But if you’re going to take a nice stroll, head to the office and still have to look professional when it’s all said and done, there aren’t many choices that live up to this in terms of styling.
Check out MotoBailey and its offerings. Currently, MotoBailey has two choices of boot: The LaRyder (brown) and the ElBulli (dark brown) both of which will run you $220.