Last year my wife told me she'd buy me new motorcycle boots for my birthday. All I had to do was tell her what I wanted. Seemed a simple enough request. Yet a year went by and I couldn't give her an answer. My biggest problem was that I didn't like any of the boots in the local stores, and I was a bit leery of ordering shoes from the internet. How many times would I have to send them back before finding the right size?
Two things changed last week.
One, I have a small trip planned this upcoming weekend. I'm slightly concerned about running into rain. Cold miserable February rain. Rain that wants to find a way into my old hunting boots and dampen my socks, toes, and spirits. Waterproof boots would make me feel a little better heading out the door on Saturday.
Two, one of my favorite motorcycle podcasts is called "The Pace Podcast". The last couple of episodes they've been discussing TCX boots which got quite a few positive remarks from listeners. Some of the stated positives were they tend to run on the wide side, as opposed to a lot of other European manufacturers that produce more of a narrow boot. They also got high marks for fitting your current shoe size. If you wear a size 11 order a size 11. If you wear a size 12 order a size 12, or a size 46 in this case since that's the European size for a 12. Last but not least a lot of people said they got a lot of use out of the boots and they didn't wear out after a year of riding.
So after careful deliberation, and my strong desire to look like Mad Max, I ended up ordering a pair of Infinity Gore-Tex boots from Revzilla. A few days later UPS dropped off a rather large box at my front door.
Keen's, they didn't feel narrow at all.
Bonus Photo! My parents went to Vegas this weekend, with my sister's kids. My dad texted this photo of him and my nephew waiting to get inside the "Pawn Stars" shop. No word if they got to see Chumlee or not. Got to hand it to the History channel, they put on some pretty addicting shows. I love me some American Pickers!