1. Spidi X-Zero
This review is for all the other ladies out there. I’ve been looking for a short shoe or boot that’s more protective than a sneaker, but not as restrictive as a full boot or three quarters boot. I have the Alpinestars SMX-1RV2 boots and they are very comfortable, but they slide on and off so easily, it makes me doubt they would actually stay on if I were to get in a wreck. The Velcro adjuster strap on them is really more for show and doesn’t actually tighten the boot very much if at all. I also have the Dainese Dyno D1 boot and those have the same issues, very stylish and comfortable with no way to tighten the shoe and too loose around the ankle. When I saw the Spidi X-zero boots I thought I’d give them a try, and I’m really happy with my purchase. The ratcheting system allows you to really get a snug secure fit. Entry into the boot is easy as long as you have the side zipper undone and the ratchet undone. I also like the absence of shoe laces. Reinforced heal and toes have a sturdy feel to them and I like the external ankle protection on the lateral side. The reinforced shift panel area on the left foot also looks like it will hold up well. The boot comes up just past my ankles, and they are are fairly stiff, so I wouldn’t plan on wearing them all day after you’re done with your ride.
For anyone who happens to be my size, I wear a size 39 in Dainese, a 39 in TCX, and a men’s size 6 in Alpinestars. I bought the Spidi X-zeros in a size 40 and put one inch lifts in them and they fit perfectly and also allow me to just about flatfoot it when I come to a stop instead of having to scoot my butt to one side of the bike and balance on the ball of my foot.