We began our boots buyer’s guide with an overview of the different styles of boots available to motorcycle riders. You can read that story here. This story spotlights the touring styles Women Riders Now (WRN) leadership board and staff members actually wear and love when riding all kinds of street motorcycles.
Touring boots are the most well-rounded do-it-all motorcycle boot because they combine protective features with comfort qualities making them usable for all day riding and walking—what you do on a long motorcycle tour.
Most touring motorcycle boots have a low or no heel, a shaft that covers the shin, a grippy sole, ankle protection, water resistance, and good flexibility so riders can choose a variety of positions without a lot of resistance from the boot.
We have designed this article as a guide to point out specific features we love about these particular styles and brands. Often, manufacturers will update their boots each year with new colors, slight change of styling, and technical upgrades. So be sure to look for each company’s current selections by using the links at the end of the article.
Like always, we strive to feature boots made specifically for women for the reasons we outlined in the first article, but because some of us have found men’s boots that fit better or suit specific needs, youll see one pair included here.
Alpinestars Stella Valencia WP, $179.95
Sarah Schilke’s “absolute favorite” riding boot is Alpinestars Stella Valencia, a low-cut waterproof touring boot. Her favorite part of the boot is the simple closure system, with two adjustable Velcro flaps. There’s no zipper to fuss with, making these boots optimal for commuting because of how quickly and easily you can put them on and take them off. And because of the lower shaft height, the Valencias can accommodate larger calves which can be a struggle for some women trying on higher-rise boots.
She adds that the Valencias are super comfortable for riding and walking around due to the soft sole and inner cushion. And because the sole was formed on a female form, the boots arent big and clunky so they feel almost as easy to walk in as regular shoes.
The Valencia’s accordion panels in front and rear mean superior flexibility, while an integrated rigid steel shank and double sided ankle protectors keep your feet protected. Other notable features include a lightweight anti-slip rubber sole, removable anatomic EVA footbed with moisture wicking material, and a 1.25-inch heel.
Dainese Aurora Lady D-WP, $239
Erin Sills has logged more than 250,000 sport touring miles and has been a longtime fan of Dainese’s boot offerings for women. The company commonly has more than one waterproof, breathable, walkable boot option specifically designed using a female foot form.
When traveling long distances through a variety of weather conditions, the Dainese Aurora are comfortable through a wide range of temperatures. The no-frills look offers clean lines yet provides protection along the shin and ankle bones where you need it, and if you want a little more bling you can opt for the black/white color combination that adds a flash of white accent on the side. The Velcro over-zip closure allows you to cinch up the shin for a cozy, secure feeling and keeps the water out on those rainy travel days.
Daytona Lady Star GTX, $399
Maggie McNally is just 5 feet 1 inch tall and prefers that “tiny bit more” that the extra 2.36 inches of integrated heel lift of the Daytona Lady Stars offer. Watertight and breathable with a GORE-TEX membrane, the touring boot offers almost 12 inches of shaft height for extra protection. Daytona Lady Star has a generous adjustable calf closure with side zips and Velcro. Elasticated inserts in the ankle area flex to allow for a snug fit and conform to the shape of the leg for excellent comfort. Reinforced gear shift pad, reflective heel insert, non-slip rubber sole, and a plastic reinforced inner sole with a hot-dip galvanized steel inlay round out the boot’s safety features.
Daytona Road Star GTX, $350–$399
Alisa Clickenger, founder of Women’s Motorcycle Tours, also chose the Star boot from Daytona. However, on the opposite end of the height spectrum, finding a women’s size 12 is nearly impossible and not available in the Lady Star, so she wears the men’s Daytona Road Star GTX. These boots are available in a number of sizes and five widths, so women of all sizes can consider the Road Star a viable footwear option.
Now updated from her early version, the Daytona is the first motorcycle boot Alisa ever owned. She estimates riding 150,000 miles with the first pair, taking her comfortably all the way down to South America and then up to Alaska. She loves the Daytona’s comfort, protection, and most of all waterproof qualities. Other features include calf adjustment, dual zippers, ankle and shin protection, reinforced steel inlay, reflective heel inlay, and nonslip rubber sole.
SIDI Lady Gavia GORE-TEX, $274.99
Black Girls Ride editor Porsche Taylor loves the SIDI Gavia boot. The mid-height boot serves as the value priced entry point into SIDI’s GORE-TEX line and is one of the few women’s boots we found that are offered in a larger size. Made with a GORE-TEX breathable and waterproof membrane, the Gavia keeps riders dry. The hook and loop closure and zipper entry/closure system ensures a good fit. Protective features include internal heel, inner ankle, and toe protection.
Porsche chose to wear these boots during her 19 days on the road while riding with the Women Riders World Relay logging thousands of miles in all seasons and weather, including snow, rain, and 90-degree sunny days. Through it all, the Sidi boot was a solid performer and kept Porsche’s feet comfortable and dry even after some brutal 14-hour riding days.
WRN editor Tricia Szulewski also picked the Lady Gavia as her favorite touring boots. She attributes the top-notch comfort to the well curved footbed insert that has a fairly formed arch support and a heel cup that hugs the heel. They are lightweight and flexible which makes walking in them easy and comfortable. She also likes that the Gavia’s 10-inch shaft height is high enough to protect most of the shin, but low enough to be able to easily get jeans over the boot. While some touring boots have thick shin padding, the Gavia’s are on the thinner side, so they don’t stick out oddly from underneath her pant leg.
Subsequent articles will focus on our favorite picks for cruising boots, adventure and dirtbike riding boots, sportbike and track riding boots, and our best picks for urban sneaker motorcycle shoes. Be sure to sign up for our free newsletter to be the first to know when these stories are published.
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6 thoughts on WRN Top Picks: Best Women’s Motorcycle Touring Boots
I have had my Daytona boots for more than 20 years. Nothing has ever fit so well. They’ve been resoled twice, the zipper pull is a keychain link, but I still love them!
Wow, those are collectors items, Peg! Thanks for sharing this with us. It’s great to see how good boots can last a lifetime!
I’m a short gal and I ride BMWs so I need the extra lift that the Daytona Lady Stars provide. Being flat-footed makes a huge difference in my confidence level. I’ve have the boots for nearly a decade and have over 50,000 miles on them. They are comfy and make me feel protected. I had to have the zipper repaired this summer but I got lucky and they did not have to replace it. Talk about customer service, though…I bought them from Helimot and wrote to Helmut, the owner, when the zipper failed and after all this time, he sent me a new zipper to have installed if need be! I can’t say enough good things about these boots and this company.
I’ve been looking for boots so I’ve read the articles about how to shop for boots. I realize that I have a unique situation, however, I’ve not found any ladies boots that come in wider widths. All that I’ve tried on appear to be in a standard B width and don’t offer D width. I had foot surgery back in ’03 and I have less rotation in it which makes it difficult to get my foot in many boots. If it has double zippers it helps. My calves are larger due to congestive heart failure. I’ve also tried on many pairs of men’s boots but most of them have been to narrow too. I have found some Daytona’s that are wider but they either don’t come in my size…a 7 in men’s or a size 39. The ones I have found are available in Europe. I’m looking for a touring boot. Do you have any ideas or suggestions? Have thought that custom made might be the only solution.
Yes, this is a problem we hear from many readers. Since there are so few women’s riding boots with wide widths, you’ll probably have to go to a men’s boot. I have personally tested and loved a number of TCX boots and found its women’s Lady Biker boot a bit on the wide side, especially after wearing it a few times. You can read that review here. But I realize this is a cruiser style. I’ve found the traditional touring boot style usually runs tighter with little give, where cruiser style boots will sometimes stretch, depending on the make. In researching TCX’s current men’s offerings, I wonder if the Fuel Waterproof men’s boot would suit you. It appears to have a full-length zipper which would help make getting them on easier than a partial length zip.I hope you find what you’re looking for. Good luck!
While these boots are nice looking and probably comfy for those that ride the type of bike shown, I ride a 2013 Harley-Davidson Tri Glide Trike. I prefer laced boots or high top leather sneakers. The price for leather high top sneakers is between $90 and $140. Most of the time, if I’m not riding long distance (more than 100 miles), I wear my high top leather or lace up canvas sneakers. There is no wind or crap hitting my legs or feet as I am very protected on my Tri Glide. I also wear leather lace up hiking boots priced between $40 and $80. They are comfy, warm, and weatherproof. My preference is Converse (now Nike-owned.) I have worn the zip up leather boot comes to just below the knee. But I also wear knee high socks under my jeans. And with insulated jeans in Southern California I can ride year round. The article was informative and very good for those looking for that type of boot.