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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-25-2018, 05:30 AM Thread Starter
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I've been wearing SWAT style boots for riding quite a while now. I pay ~$100-120/pair and I've noticed something lately....these boots don't hold up very well and I go through a pair every 1 to 1.5 years. After the upper came apart on my latest SWAT pair I decided it was time to invest in actual quality riding boots. The problem is there is limited retail places and even more limited retail selections. I hate buying clothes or wearable items off the internet, pictures and vids don't always represent and then there is the whole fitment issue(especially for footwear) then we have to get into calls to CS, returns, shipping and that whole scene. Anyway, I started doing my research, I came across a pair that I thought would fit my wants; 1.quality 2.comfort 3. style 4. waterproof/breathable. I wasn't too concerned about price as I was looking to invest in boots that will last this time and knew I'd be north for $200.
I zeroed in on these Forma Adventure Low boots but for the reasons above didn't buy them right away. I have a Cycle Gear about 30mins from my house, I headed up there to pickup some helmet shampoo and find out if by the off chance they had these boots in stock. Of course they didn't but told me if I purchased anything off the web site and I didn't like or it didn't fit I could bring it to the store and they would 100% handle any return or exchange Well that boosted my confidence to buy.
I placed my order on Wednesday night with the free shipping option and had the Forma boots Saturday afternoon. Well my first thought as I took them out of the box was "damn, these kinda look like snow boots" I put them on and after 1/2 hour I had some serious toe ache going on..so these are a no go.


Sunday morning I brought the boots to my local Cycle Gear and they did the refund no problem. The sales associate said they got more riding shoes in for the season, if I wanted to have a look..I had seen their selection in the past and its mostly the cheap BiLT brand, which I wasn't interested in. Not expecting to find anything that would fit my bill, I did look and much to my surprise I found the perfect boot and in my size TCX Hero WP I put them on in the store, wore the boots around for about 45mins while my buddy Dave and his wife shopped for a helmet and about forgot they were on my feet . Rode with them home, they were just as comfy and I love the look...Scored my new boots...

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I'm curious what shoe size do you normally wear? In a tennis shoe, I wear a 10 4E (extra wide), but in western style boots and work boots, I wear a 9.5 D. So, I'm like you, comfort is a concern and of course, buying online is tough. For tennis shoes, I wear New Balance, I can buy those online, since I know my size and they do a good job of all of the shoes they make fitting the same.

I currently wear a western style work boot made my Justin when I'm riding. They are comfortable and breathable for the most part, but if I'm riding to work everyday, they will start to hurt my feet toward the end of the week, so I'd like to move to a more comfortable tactical or swat boot style.

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The photo you sent me of the boots looked great. The photo above definitely looks like snow boots. Glad you were able to return them hassle-free, and glad you found something that works for you.
Turns out there's a CycleGear about 30-40 mins away from me too!
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I'm curious what shoe size do you normally wear? In a tennis shoe, I wear a 10 4E (extra wide), but in western style boots and work boots, I wear a 9.5 D. So, I'm like you, comfort is a concern and of course, buying online is tough. For tennis shoes, I wear New Balance, I can buy those online, since I know my size and they do a good job of all of the shoes they make fitting the same.

I currently wear a western style work boot made my Justin when I'm riding. They are comfortable and breathable for the most part, but if I'm riding to work everyday, they will start to hurt my feet toward the end of the week, so I'd like to move to a more comfortable tactical or swat boot style.
I wear a 12W these TCX boots are size 46. On a side note, the Forma boots that hurt my toes were size 47. (Both TCX and Forma are made in Italy so they are Euro sized)

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Bought a pair of "tactical boots" from 501 Tactical. They are lightweight, comfortable and waterproof. Have put over 40,000 riding miles on them and they're still going strong.

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Bought a pair of "tactical boots" from 501 Tactical. They are lightweight, comfortable and waterproof. Have put over 40,000 riding miles on them and they're still going strong.
I searched for 501 tactical, 5.11 tactical came up, is that the one or do you have a link to 501 Tactical?

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That's a high price for footwear.
Curious how well they hold up.
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I have worn a pair of low cost (~$60) leather work boots for years when riding. They go slightly above the ankle, were purchased at Meijers grocery/dept store, say "Caterpillar" on them, and have a yellow highlight on the sole. I've got probably 40,000 riding miles on these boots and they look barely used.

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I have worn a pair of low cost (~$60) leather work boots for years when riding. They go slightly above the ankle, were purchased at Meijers grocery/dept store, say "Caterpillar" on them, and have a yellow highlight on the sole. I've got probably 40,000 riding miles on these boots and they look barely used.
So I should have bought Caterpillar boots instead of Walmart.
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They might have these Caterpillar boots at Walmart. I bought them at Meijers which is just another big chain store and not some sort of specialty shoe emporium But in general, yes, you should strive to do everything exactly like I do it You are well underway in this endeavor my young padawan with the purchase of a sunset orange (really burgundy) XCT.

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