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.