All the quick-fitting protective stuff tends to look like you’ve just got off a Superbike and makes you walk like you are wearing ski-boots.
All the trendier-looking stuff lacks real protection, isn’t waterproof or requires laborious lacing which is a pain if you need to quickly don waterproof trousers.
Enter Spada’s Pilgrim Grande boot; part of their 2017 ‘Everywear Collection’ which is essentially practical riding kit designed specifically not to look like bike-wear.
The oil-distressed leather look is extremely on trend at the moment but it is not compulsory to own a beard if you wear them. (although I do!) They come in both black and brown colour ways.
The clever feature of this tough-looking lace-up boot is that you never need to use the laces. They provide the style but to get them on and off you simply undo the zip hidden on the inside ankle and slip your foot in.
In terms of protection the boot is made of good quality leather with additional thickness over the ankle, heel and toe. These Spada boots are full of protective features that you wouldn’t find in the high street boots on which they are based. They have a TPU ankle support, toe support, heel and toe reinforcements, a hard shank to reduce injuries to the sole, a welt sole construction to stop the sole pulling away from the upper, and a gear change pad to lengthen their useful life.
Best of all is that the boot comes with a Hipora breathable waterproof liner making them useful for riding all year round.
I personally wear these all year round and on a daily basis and they are comfortable and look just as good as a casual boot as they do on the bike.
You can purchase these boots at @Sportsbikeshop here