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Old 01-08-2009, 01:52 AM   #1
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Riding Boot Break In

I got a pair of Axo Slammer mid-boots, I wanted a pair like this thinking that maybe I'd be able to just wear them all day at work and not worry about having to take another pair of shoes with me.

They are freaking killing my feet. To start with, I have fat feet, so I have to break in every pair of shoes I get, but once broken in they fit like a glove. Will these break in? How long does it usually take?

And, is it normal to have to adjust your shifter to account for riding boots? Since my ankle is kinda locked in position now, not much movement at all, I had to raise the shifter a good bit. It took a few tries to find the point where I could upshift without having to lift my foot completely off the peg to downshift, my boot still doesn't fit all the way under the shifter unless I angle my leg forward a bit. And, since I adjusted the shifter, without the boots (not that I'd ride without them now) it feels like I'm trying to kick a football when I shift.
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And... what the is the point of the metal tip on the toe? I see that it removable, and I feel like I'm wearing a pair of tap shoes walking around in these boots. If there is no point in the metal tip, is it safe to remove it?
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metal tip is for scraping the toe on the ground when you are in the track.

bring a pair of normal shoes in a backpack they are not made for comfort they are made to save your feet!
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well first off that's a motocross boot (actually they purpose is for pitbike racing to be exact) that might be the reason you can't shift. The steel tip if for "compression" or hitting on the track (dirt) and eventually need to be replaced. I don't know much about dirtbike boots but if there anything like roadracing style boots then thell never be comfortable enough to just walk around in, and thell wear out really quik, there made for riding in not walking around.

Just carry an extra pair of sneakers
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Well, shifting has gotten much easier once I got used to positioning my foot differently. I wore them all day (well almost all day, my right ankle is still a bit messed up) Friday, rode for ~150 miles after work and they started feeling much better.

I might take my Martins up to work and leave them there, but the Slmmers seem to do pretty good walking around a store in.

As far as durability, the reviews I read before asking for these said they hold up really well to every day riding. I guess time will tell.
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just pay attention to the wear on the soles, most good riding boots will wear out quickly. I had a pair of Teknic Freestyle boots that the soles wore out within 3 months from wearing them at work. Even my Sidi boots have worn more than a I like, though I did change out of those as soon as I got to work.
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You may want to check out a boot designed more for street riding (vs track or motocross). I wear the Icon Superduty 3 Boots. Good support and I can wear them in the office all day. Saturday I wore them for 6 hours working on a Habitat house and my feet still felt fine.
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I wear alpinestars when I go out at night. Usually 5 hours at a time. its a really light boot and you can wear the pucks without being too gaudy.

Make sure you adjusted your shifter at the push rod, not by removing and reinstalling the splined lever. By changing the lever position you are not acheiving as much throw as being at a verical setting.
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