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A Riders Guide To Footwear

Harley-Davidson Boots by Wolverine Photo

What’s So Important About Boots?

It’s all about protection. Well-made boots are like leathers, helmets, gloves and proper eyewear – part of your riding gear. They keep you safe and comfortable on the road. And they protect you in case you spill.
Wolverine, a trusted boot maker for more than 130 years, produces all Harley-Davidson footwear. Kevin Marks is territory manager for Wolverine.
“We’ve made all Harley-Davidson footwear since 1998,” Kevin says. From performance boots to tennis shoes to high heels, they’re top-of-the-line in terms of style, quality and durability.”

Performance Counts.

Harley-Davidson performance boots are designed to be tough. They feature:
•  Solid rubber outsoles, which resist oil, grease and heat and are abrasion- and heat-resistant.
•  Goodyear welt construction, which is the most durable method of making a boot.
•  Full-grain leather upper, to shield your foot from heat, debris and abrasion.
•  Metal shank, for stability and support.
•  YKK locking zipper, to ensure your boots stay zipped.
Kevin Marks Wolverine Boots Photo
“We make some performance riding boots where comfort is the main concern,” says Kevin. “Not only will they protect your feet but they offer the same kind of cushioning as athletic shoes. You can wear them all day out walking or riding and they provide Harley-Davidson look and safety with athletic shoe performance.”
Kevin Marks,Territory Manager for Wolverine Worldwide, Inc. works closely with the J&L Harley-Davidson staff to make sure the shelves are stocked with proper footware for upper midwest riders.

When Do You Need New Boots?

“The thing with Harley people, especially guys, is that they wear their boots until they literally disintegrate,” says Kevin.
This is unwise, because disintegrated boots don’t provide good protection.
“When your boots are worn, and you are not standing straight, they aren’t properly supporting your body,” he says. “This can lead to sore knees, sore hips and poor posture.”

After Ride Footwear.

Customers like Harley-Davidson footwear in addition to performance boots because you can show your brand affinity.
Of course, they also like them because they’re some of the coolest, best made shoes and boots around. You can look like a badass 24/7 when you step out in your Harley-Davidson boots, sneakers or heels.
Harley-Davidson releases new styles four times a year, so there’s always something new in the store.

Signs You Need A New Pair.

• Your knees are starting to hurt.
• Your boots are excessively worn – which you can determine by looking at the soles.
• Your boots are bowed or not standing straight. To test this, put them on a counter and look at them from the back.

Bootcamp 101

Kevin shares his tips for getting the most out of your boots.
• The best time to try on boots is in the afternoon. Our feet swell during the day. And have both feet measured, many people have two different sized feet. Fit the larger foot, and have a local shoe repair add insoles or padding to the other boot.
• To help your boots last longer, use a damp cloth to wipe off the dirt and the dust. Dirt will suck the oils out of the leather. Wipe down your boots and use a leather protector to keep the leather soft.
• It’s best to have more than one pair of riding boots. That’s because you shouldn’t wear the same pair two days in a row. You want proper time for the boot to dry out.
• Another reason to have another pair is that there will come a day when a worn out boot fails, and typically that happens right before you’re about to leave. You’ll want to have another pair that’s broken in and ready to go.
• Make sure that the socks you wear are consistent in thickness when you’re breaking in the boot. The thick socks will stretch out the boot too much.
•  To break in new boots, wear them for a few hours in the morning every day for a week, to soften them up. In the morning your feet aren’t as swollen as they are later, and when you break in new boots you don’t want them to stretch out too fast. You want to be able to slowly break in the shoe before you have to wear it for 12-14 hours.
• Use leather protector on your boots to protect them from wet conditions. If you don’t do that, the leather can dry out, and dried out leather turns into a sponge. Leather protector will keep the leather from absorbing water.
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