If there is one thing I have learned after attending three previous Ride ’Em, Don’t Hide ’Em Getaways, it is that we spend darn near as much time off the bikes as on them on some days. So, when it came time to gear up for the 2019 event, I knew I wanted to get away from traditional riding boots and into something more comfortable for the variety of activities I would encounter.
With that in mind, I turned to our old friends at Helmet House for a pair of Cortech Vice WP Riding Shoes. These great looking shoes combine durable, water-resistant leather and canvas uppers with a HiPora® waterproof, breathable liner to keep your feet dry. Molded nylon ankle guards and Italian TecnoGI Thermoplastic heel cup and toe cap keep your feet protected from impact while riding. They also come with an anti-slip rubber sole with a reinforced shank for support and a reflective Cortech logo and heel trim for nighttime visibility.
I chose the white/black color combo (shades of Chuck Taylors!) over the black/black. Very stylish and appropriate with jeans in any casual setting. So, how did they feel? Virtually right out of the box, the lowers were very comfortable, almost like I had been wearing them for six months already. I had no problems tolerating them for a full day right from the get-go. The ankle area did need a little breaking in, but that is expected due to the ankle guards.
All in all, these shoes are a great choice for casual riding and wear if you are going to be on and off the bike. And, at a $109.99 MSRP, they won’t break the bank so you can soon be styling and profiling! — Rod Peterson