Best Short Motorcycle Boots For UK Riders (2022 Edition)

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Short motorcycle boots are now more advanced than ever and come in a range of styles, from boots that look like trainers to short sports boots and even short adventure style boots. 

They can offer some pretty good foot and ankle protection, and with such a range available, there will be a pair to match your riding style. 

We have picked some of our favourite short motorcycle boots and pulled them all together, followed by a short buying guide to help you choose the right pair for you.

Let’s get straight to it.

Here are our top short motorcycle boots.

Best Overall
TCX Hero Waterproof Boots

Comfortable, Waterproof, Quality

Classically styled leather waterproof boots that are as equally stylish as they are practical

Best Value
Richa Slick Waterproof Boots

Casual, Comfortable, Great Value

A simple well-constructed pair of boots that are waterproof and protective, offering excellent value.

TCX Hero Waterproof Boots

Who doesn’t love a pair of vintage-style boots? Especially a pair that are practical and fit for purpose as a motorcycle boot. 

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The biggest benefit of these boots is that they are perfectly suitable for riding and smart enough to wear to work or out and about in town. 

They are very comfortable after a few days of wearing them; a zip and lace combination makes them very easy to get on and off. 

Ankle, toe and heel protection is built into the boot, and there is a waterproof lining to keep you dry. 

The sole tread is great for any surface, eliminating the threat of slipping when you put your foot down and dropping the bike. 

They do get quite warm, this is likely down to the waterproof liner keeping the heat in. 

These boots’ overall fit and finish are excellent, and the quality is evident, which justifies the price point. 

Pros:

  • Waterproof
  • Full-grain leather
  • Leather shifter pad
  • Toe and heel counter for protection
  • Replaceable footbed
  • Good tread for grip on all surfaces

Cons:

  • Quite pricey
  • Bit too warm in the Summer 

Richa Slick Waterproof Boots

Motorcycle boots don’t have to be expensive to do their job and do it well; the Richa Slick boots prove that point. 

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Richa has created a lightweight short boot best suited for commuters riding around cities. 

They are easy to wear, comfortable, and not heavy, so fatigue is significantly reduced, and they have protection in the necessary places. 

The boots seem to be quite sturdy, except for the reinforced gear changer pad that wears down relatively quickly. 

A Hipora lining is fitted to keep the water out, and there are a couple of reflective patches which are very bright when lit up in the dark.

You would be hard-pressed to find another pair of boots of equal quality for the money. 

Pros:

  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • Adequate protection
  • Waterproof

Cons:

  • Gear shift pad isn’t very durable

Dainese Dyno Pro D1 Boots

Dainese has knocked it out of the park with these boots, a proper protective short sports boot that protects while maintaining a level of comfort for when you are walking around. 

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While I would always recommend a full-length boot for sports riding/ more aggressive street riding, the Dyno Pro D1 boots fill a gap for those who want a short boot.

They are reinforced everywhere they need to be, such as at the toe and inner foot. There is a gear shift guard and replaceable magnesium sliders on the outer sides of the boots.

There is a shock-absorbing heel insert, high grip TPU inserts and a rubber sole for the best grip. 

A ‘Speed’ lacing system makes the boots easy to get on and take off quickly and efficiently. 

Flexible joints are built into the boots for comfort when walking around and when resting on the bike’s pegs. 

As with most Dainese gear, they come up a little small, with the main issue being they are a bit narrow. However, the leather used will bed in nicely and loosen up, so it is worth trying your normal size and a pair a bit bigger to make sure you get the right fit. 

On the flip side, they are finished exceptionally well, built with quality components and made to last; Dainese undoubtedly uses some of the best leather for their products in the industry. 

Pros:

  • Quality construction
  • Protective
  • Attention to detail for support, comfort and finish
  • Premium leather

Cons:

  • Not waterproof
  • Slightly small sizing

RST Tractech Evo 3 CE Short Boots

RST offers an alternative sports boot at a much lower price than the Dainese; the Tractech Evo 3 Short boots are the shorter version of their flagship Tractech boots.

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These are more focused on sports-style riding than anything else and therefore aim to offer as much protection as possible for a short boot. 

They are best used with an RST one-piece leather suit for maximum protection.

The boots are equipped with a moulded TPU impact heel for great shock absorption and grip.

Other impressive protective features include a nylon shank in the sole to increase strength and an anti-twist mid-sole to stop the boots flexing. 

You also get a zinc alloy toe slider that is replaceable and a gear shift pad. 

They are relatively light to wear but not the best for walking off the bike. 

Sizing is pretty good and accurate, with the only downside to the boots being some complaints of poor stitching but nothing that affects the boots’ functionality. 

Pros:

  • Sports focused
  • Protective
  • Sturdy 
  • Nylon shank and anti-twist mid-sole

Cons:

  • Poor finish in some cases

Alpinestars J-6 Waterproof Boots  

Alpinestars J-6 boots bring something different to the mix, an urban-riding focused trainer style boot that is as casual as they come while still offering a good level of protection. 

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The shining feature of these boots is the MX-derived ankle and heel protector built into the chassis of the boot.

There is a reinforced midsole and a removable and replaceable anatomically designed footbed for maximum comfort. 

You also get a toe and heel counter reinforced under the outer material.

Many trainer style motorcycle boots are pretty bulky and look like those ‘Heelys’ with wheels in the sole. Fortunately, these are quite the opposite and look very smart and would pass quite easily as a regular trainer. 

They also have a waterproof liner which adds to their practicality. 

Pros:

  • Great for urban riding
  • Comfortable
  • Casual, relaxed style
  • Waterproof

Cons:

  • Sole tread doesn’t offer the best grip

Alpinestars Nc Motorcycle Boots

Another very popular pair of boots from Alpinestars is the Nc boot, a cross between a casual trainer style and sports boot. 

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They are made of sturdy microfiber material with reinforced ankle protection, a reinforced sole, and a rubber toe protector. 

The closure system consists of laces and velcro, which is quite a nice touch as the velcro can secure the lace ends. 

They need breaking in to be comfortable, but they are not the most suitable walking boot off the bike due to the reinforced sole. 

You do get Alpinestars waterproof lining in the boot. As a result, the boots get pretty warm as there is no escape for the heat off your feet. 

Pros:

  • Waterproof Drytex Lining
  • Sturdy 
  • Comfortable

Cons:

  • No extra protection such as toe and heel counters

Forma FORC50 Adventure Low WP Boots

A pair of boots that offer something different to the mix is the FORC50 Adventure style boots from Forma. 

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Generally, adventure boots are full length and offer the maximum amount of protection possible. However, they are quite restrictive off the bike, so may not suit everyone. 

The FORC50 could be a great alternative to look at. 

Forma markets these boots as having the maximum levels of protection for abrasion, perforation and strength.

I have to say I am inclined to agree with this statement, as they are a very sturdy solid pair of boots.

First off, they are waterproof with a Drytex membrane that allows for breathability. 

In terms of protective qualities, they are loaded with a TPU ankle and shin protector and memory foam for comfort; they are also equipped with an ISS (incorporated steel shank), which offers the best protection. 

The interiors and aluminium buckles are easily replaced when they wear out, so the boots can last longer with these fresh components. 

They are a very solid boot with little flex and are bulky, so you will want to make sure that you can use them easily on your bike, as some gear levers can be quite small, and these boots could make the process awkward. 

These are definitely a boot worth checking out if you want a short boot that offers the most protection possible. 

Pros:

  • Waterproof Drytex Lining
  • Solid
  • Protective features
  • Replaceable parts

Cons:

  • Quite heavy and bulky

Buyers Guide

Care, considerations and cost


There are two main things you need to consider when it comes to boots. First, how protective are they, and are they comfortable?

After that, you need to think about whether you need them to be waterproof and do they suit your riding style and other needs. 

If you have clarity on these things, it makes the buying process ten times easier; we have put together a short buying guide to help you with your decision. 

Here are my top tips for buying short motorcycle boots:

Are they protective enough?

There are two elements to this question: the first is clear, do the boots offer adequate protection and meet safety standards?

The second is, are they protective enough for the style of riding you will be doing?

CE rating

As of 2018, all motorcycle boots should be CE approved and have been tested for their resistance to abrasion, penetration by sharp objects and lateral crushing. 

Any motorcycle clothing sold as Personal Protective Equipment is required to get a CE rating. For consumers, this means you know you are buying gear that has been tested and meets minimum standards.

All of our selected boots have the CE rating, usually found on the inside label.

Protection

There will still be differences in the level of protection between boots as some will meet the very minimum standards, and some will go above and beyond. 

When it comes to boots, particularly short boots, you need to ensure they meet the following:

  • They have a tough, abrasion-resistant construction
  • Ankle, heel, toe protection
  • Good tread for grip on the road
  • They are robust and sturdy to withstand crushing/twisting or penetration

Just because a boot is shorter doesn’t mean it can’t have the bare necessities of protection; if a boot has as much protection as possible, you would only be missing out on potential shin protection from a longer length boot. 

This can be countered with some leather trousers and one-piece suits with a shin protector built into the trouser leg. 

One great feature seen in some boots is a steel shank that reinforces the sole to make it less liable to crushing or twisting. This is a great protective feature for any pair of boots. 

Style of riding

You should consider your style of riding when opting for a short boot. 

If you regularly ride on the track or have a faster, more aggressive riding style on the street, you would probably be better off going for a long length sports boot to gain the benefits of extra protection. 

Equally, if you are an adventure bike rider, then a full-length boot may be better and offer better protection; after all, adventure bikes aren’t light and dropping one on your leg isn’t a fun game. 

Short boots are best suited for commuters, urban riders, casual weekend riders and those who perhaps go at a slower pace. 

Comfort

I find that with any motorcycle gear, comfort is king. 

There is no exception when it comes to boots. Make sure that they fit properly:

  • They don’t rub anywhere or pinch
  • You’re not sliding around inside the boot on the sole
  • You can walk around easily enough 
  • They fit on your bike with your gear lever, so you don’t have to manoeuvre into awkward positions
  • Also, check you have enough feel through the boot for rear braking etc.


If the boots are comfortable, then you are on to a win. However, you may find that some short boots are great for riding in but less amazing for walking around, so be sure to choose wisely.

Some boots are built to be functional on and off the bike, like the TCX Hero boots, but others are primarily suited to riding, like the Forma FORC50. 

Short boots are great for those who struggle to find boots to fit around the calf area; you no longer need to add some velcro or stitch a new piece of material to do your boots up. 

Do you need them to be waterproof? 

This is an essential feature for commuters, whereas, for casual Summer riders, it is probably less important.

The waterproof boots we have mentioned all feature a waterproof lining. So, while the rain may penetrate the outer leather of the boot, it will not go through to your socks and feet; when you stop or get home, you will want to dry your boots out, though. 

Some waterproof liners are great at being breathable and letting air flow through the liner, so you don’t get too warm, whereas others are more restrictive, and you will find your feet get quite warm. 

The boots’ description on the labelling or manufacturer’s website will state the kind of liner and if they are also breathable.  

Conclusion

There you have a list of our favourite short boots and hopefully some key points to help you find the right pair for you.

My favourites have to be TCX Hero’s. There is something about an old fashioned pair of leather boots and motorcycles that brings a level of joyous nostalgia for old BSA’s and Vincents, with a scarf blowing in the wind. 

However, the Richa Slick boots offer excellent value for money and suit any commuter who has to ride into town every day. 

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