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Does anybody make riding boots/shoes in wide sizes?

I spent a few hours at a local shop over the weekend trying on riding
boots/shoes, and didn't find any that well. They're almost allways
too narrow, but sometimes the foot-bed is just plain the wrong shape.

None of the half-dozen brands I tried on came in wide sizes.

And some of them were so stiff they must a require heel-toe shifter.
I really don't think I could have extended my ankle enough to get my
toe underneath the shift lever.

I would have happily plunked down $190 for the Alpinestar SP-1 V2
Vented riding shoes -- _if_ they came in a wide size.

https://www.alpinestars.com/products/road/footwear/sp-1-v2-vented-riding-shoe

How do people buy boots/shoes online???

Do you order 10-12 different styles/sizes and then return them all
when none of them fit?
 

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2 things i wont buy online, boots and helmets.
Look for half sizes. A half size is generally a wider size not longer.

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Grant.Edwards:

Check out Boulet boots, they make wide sizes.

https://www.bouletboots.com/

For years I thought I was a 10 or 10.5. When I went to buy my motorcycle boots, the guy measured my feet and then handed me a 9.5 EEE. They are by far the most comfortable boots I've ever worn.

Don't buy oversized shoes or boots to get the width you need.
 

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I wear a size 10 4E New Balance shoe at work everyday. I've been riding with a pair of Forma Cape Horn Boots for almost two years and am happy with the fit (Euro size 44). I upgraded the insoles.
I tried on everything in my size at the local Cycle Gear and nothing fit. I lucked out with the Formas first time ordering. Some of the Revzilla reviews mentioned that the fit was wide.
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/forma-cape-horn-boots
 

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A friend kept suggesting Daytonas to me whenever I complained that I couldn't find wide boots.

In the end, I tried them. Brilliant.
 

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I wear 4E to 5E shoes. The most comfortable boots that I've ever had are Bates Fast Lane Boots. I can wear them all day and they are as comfortable as a pair of tennis shoes. I have a pair that's about 30 years old. They've been resoled twice and are still going strong.



Bates Leathers makes boots in all sizes and widths, as well as a few styles. You can order by size or use their order form to measure your foot and let them fit you.


Incidentally, don't confuse Bates Leathers with Bates Footwear. They are different companies.


https://www.batesleathers.com/
 

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Probably not much use to you but here in the UK there is a company called Altberg do made to measure boots I believe . Surely there must be companies in the USA offering a similar service .
 

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I wear a 10 1/2 E from quality shoe manufacturers up to 11 EEEE in cheaper shoes. I too cannot find much in the way of good boots. I'd prefer short/sport boots, but I haven't found anything wide there.

What I have found is the following:

1. Tour Master Solution WP Air Boots
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/tour-master-solution-wp-air-boots

2. Tour Master Solution 2.0 WP Boots
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/tour-master-solution-20-wp-boots

3. Tour Master Epic Boots
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/tour-master-epic-boots

4. Tour Master Epic Air Boots
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/tour-master-epic-air-boots

5. Daytona Road Star GTX Boots
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/daytona-road-star-gtx-boots

6. Alpinestars Toucan Gore-Tex Boots (No widths, but many reports that they run very wide)
https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/alpinestars-toucan-gtx-boots

There are others that are reportedly wide, but I've tried them and they were not IMHO.

If anyone wants to add to the list, please do. As someone who has been down resulting in an ankle injury, I am trying to steer clear of the boots called motorcycle boots because they look like something a biker would wear. If it doesn't have armor, I'm not looking at it.

Right now I favor the Tour Master Solution WP Air Boots. The Epic is supposedly better, but I just do not want a really tall boot. Opinions vary. At $129, teh Solution(s) have a lot of good reviews.
 

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For those still looking for wide boots, I picked up a pair of TourMaster Epics. I really, really like these boots. They seem well made, they look good, not too ostentatious, and they fit. Warning, they run a bit small, so size up. Even the wide width shoes are not very wide, but wide enough.

Unfortunately, the verticle height of the toe, combined with the nature of a tall boot, makes it incredibly difficult to get my foot under the shifter on my street triple and I'm not sure I'll be able to fluidly shift gears in them. I've spent most of my time walking around in the house making sure they fit, but my next order of business is to get in the garage and try them again on the bike before committing to keeping them. I'm really disappointed because I like these boots. I feel like they are a great choice for touring and associated walking. I wouldn't want to spend the day at Disney Word in them, but I could certainly walk around common daily destinations without a problem.

I'll update after doing some more testing, but I would love to hear other people's experiences with these and other wide boots. Don't forget to let us know what you are riding.
 
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