STREETBIKE RIDERS You have a pretty wide range of options, but leather construction is a must, as is over-the-ankle protection. Stay away from laces (they can get caught in your bike's mechanicals); zip-up boots are faster to get on and off, and are often more waterproof. Firm synthetic soles grip pavement well during stops, and let you push down on the footpegs with less discomfort. Heels should be wide and low, but with enough height to hook over the footpegs. The toe needs to fit under the shift lever comfortably. A shifter patch isn't a necessity, but adds to boot life where the shift lever rubs the top of the left shoe. Traditional black shows dirt less and shrugs off shifter scuffs.