I received a pair of Speed & Strength “Run With The Bulls” motorcycle shoes from Motorcycle House for review. I’ve worn the original BMW Street Sneakers before so I was already used to something that was not a full boot.
When I took the shoes out of the box I immediately noticed that they were a sturdy pair of shoes. They are definitely not regular tennis shoes. They come up to just over the ankle. Right away I found the sizing to be accurate as I normally wear an 8 ½ shoe and I had ordered a 9 (the shoes are only available in whole sizes). My toes come just to the tip of the shoe, are not jammed in and have room to move a bit but the shoes are not lose. I think an 8 would’ve been too small. The shoes are black leather and cordura nylon with hard rubber soles. The laces are exposed very little, using what Speed & Strength calls an “undercover lacing system”. There’s also a velcro strap that covers the knot. The undercover lacing system doesn’t hinder putting the shoe on or tightening the laces once you realize the lacing pattern. There is a hard ankle protector on both the inboard and outboard side of the shoe over the ankle bone. There is a hard rubber heel protector as well. Both shoes have a rubber shift guard on them. I’ve had boots before that only had a shift guard on the left foot and it looked a bit odd. The shoes have flat soles just like tennis shoes so if you have foot pegs instead of floorboards (like I do) this is more comfortable, letting you move your foot more. The soles are also harder and sturdier than tennis shoes. The first time I wore them was on a 470 mile weekend trip in the Great Smoky Mountains and on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The shoes performed flawlessly and were very comfortable. I had no issues or problems with using the gear shift or the rear brake. An unexpected plus was their comfort in walking. They were much more comfortable walking for a distance than my motorcycle boots are, and those have softer soles! After dinner one night we went for a mile walk and while the soles were hard it was a comfortable walk on my feet. It was much more comfortable than I expected it to be. These were the only shoes I brought with me and this was intentional. You could wear these as everyday shoes while you were out riding. The only minor negative I found was one day I wore jeans instead of riding pants and the air at my ankles was something I wasn’t used to. It wasn’t a bad thing, just something I wasn’t used to. These shoes are not advertised as being waterproof. I think they’d keep your feet dry for a short time in a shower but not much more. If you’re riding something like an HD Ultra Classic or HD Road Glide Ultra that have the lowers on the engine guards then you’d be better off as your feet are more protected from the elements already. I imagine it would be the same on Honda Gold Wing as it was on my BMW K1200LT too. I didn’t experience any wet weather while riding to test my theory. I did though wear them when it did rain at night and then stepping back onto wooden decking and painted concrete I felt sure-footed. That brings up another good point, with my foot out at a stop on loaded touring motorcycle riding 2-up the soles of the shoes did not slip even slightly.
- Accurate sizing
- Sturdy and well made
- Comfortable for walking
- A good value
- Laces are not exposed
- No reflective material
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These shoes are great and great value to boot! And yes, the pun was intended.
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