The hot “urban” moto-fashion trend focuses on innovation and style, without completely eliminating key safety elements. High-top motorcycle riding sneakers fall into this category and have made a big splash on the scene in recent years and many riders enjoy their casual, comfortable look over more traditional women’s motorcycle boots.
Dainese Street Biker Lady riding shoes are available in two versions, the waterproof ones I reviewed, and the “Air,” which cost about $10 less ($179.95) and are perforated for warm weather riding. Both styles feature a cowhide suede upper, rubber soles, nylon heel and ankle protectors, and reflective inserts.
Dainese is an Italian manufacturer, so sizing is limited to European sizes 36 to 42 and no half sizes are available. According to the company’s sizing chart this translates into US size 4.5 to 9. However, I found this size chart to be a bit off. I typically wear a US size 9.5 or a European size 41. I ordered the Street Biker in 41 and they were a bit snug in the width, but the length fit me perfectly.
After a full season of wearing these motorcycle shoes, they are still in like-new condition. They’ve performed well in all kinds of conditions, and are indeed watertight. But when I wear them on very hot days, I find my feet get very hot quickly. Still, they have become my go-to riding footwear for commuting and shorter rides because I like how they look and feel on and off the bike.
The Street Biker Lady D-WP retails for $189.95. For ordering and more information, go to Dainese.com.
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3 thoughts on Review: Dainese Street Biker Lady Waterproof Motorcycle Sneakers
I’ve had a pair of this model Dainese motorcycle shoe for two years now and it is holding up very well: the sole tread isn’t as slick or subtle as the photos show, but it’s not a heavy tread (looks like a court/skate shoe in real life). The rubber grips at least, so it’s better (for me) than smooth leather which my husband likes to ride in.I’m very happy with my pair and would buy another, which won’t be anytime soon because they are holding up. Obviously it’s not a cheap rubber sole on them either: they have couple thousand kilometers on them and look like new—no sole wear!I agree with the hot day issue, but all riding gear is too hot on a heat day. I have short fat feet so I often have to go up in size for width. With socks for warmth, I find their size 38 (they call USA 6…not at all) is like a USA slightly narrow 8. Perfect for my fat 7 to 7.5 feet with socks.
Bit pricy for a high-top sneaker. Unless I have sneaks custom-made I don’t pay more than $90 for designs I create/colors. Waterproof and all. Plus they don’t make size 10. In sneaks I wear socks and want comfortable shoes, plus want skid resistant when you put your feet on pavement—these look slick on the bottom. I have 12 pairs of high top sneakers, all have waterproof canvas/rubber souls/fronts and I can change the laces to whatever color I want to blend with clothes I wear. Not just all black all the time.Most high top sneakers, even leather, aren’t more than $45 to $90—so this is pricy and not that great looking or feel on a bike. I don’t wear heels ever and they have a slight heel on them. Plus, as stated, the slick bottom rubber soul if you put your feet down. I don’t want to slide on the street or pavement, I want traction.
Just to clarify, these are not sneakers you can buy at your local Payless shoe store. These are motorcycle-specific footwear resembling high top sneakers with protective qualities built-in. Dainese has been making high quality motorcycle clothing for many years and for those looking for quality, waterproof, protective footwear for riding, you can be assured this company does extensive research and development before putting its logo on the product. The pricepoint is on par with other motorcycle-specific footwear with similar qualities.These motorcycle sneakers do not have a heel—they are flat bottomed and have a decent arch support inside. And the souls do an excellent job of gripping pavement, but I suggest taking extra care on loose gravel surfaces.