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Ok, so I've found that my heated socks are going to leave me crippled unless I get some boots that aren't as tight as my Sidis. One of the following (the pictures are clickable):







I'm probably going to be getting a HM or a MTS next year and I'll be keeping my Sidis for those times I need to loose my toenails.

Order of preference right now is probably:

1. Vendramini
2. Teknic
3. Alpinestars

What do you guys think? Has anyone got any FHE with any of these boots?

Thanks.
 

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Alpinestars: "squeak squeak squeak squeak squeak...."

You: "Where'd I put those Sidis?"
 

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those Vendraminis are gorgeous. I might have to pick up a pair!
 

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ventitre said:
Alpinestars: "squeak squeak squeak squeak squeak...."

You: "Where'd I put those Sidis?"
[laugh] [laugh] [laugh]
i have the A* SMX3 boots, and you can hear me walking from quite a ways
that being said, i still like them, although i only wear them when i go to the track or on 'spirited rides'
 

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I wear those Alpinestars every time I'm on my bike. They squeak.

I wear them to work (walking to/from my office). They squeak. People giggle about them.

They are really comfortable. I love them. I recommend them.

//I had to move up my shift lever.
 

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<<I wear those Alpinestars every time I'm on my bike. They squeak. >>

I've got a set too. Take some pasted wax (I used furniture wax cause I had it) and wipe it up under the ankle plate. It takes care of the majority of the squeaking for quite awhile.
 

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+1 Vendramini

I tried them on, and they were pretty comfortable.
Any reason why Sidi's are not on your list? I am seriously considering On Road Sympatex
 

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Where'd you try the Vendraminis on? I'd really like to try the size before I buy them.

The shape of the Sidi boot is just flat out wrong for me. The fore foot is way to thin and the heel is just huge so I went with a smaller boot to stop my heel lifting and now I'm losing toenails. I'll try something else. I know the alpinestars supertech (?) fits my foot well so I'm assuming (yet to try any of these on) that their boots will generally fit my foot better.
 

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I have the SMX-Plus, and they do not squeek that bad. However they have loads of ankle support that makes my position on the bike be a little different and my hips hurt bad after about 1 hour of riding... so if I go on longer rides I have regular boots, sniff sniff...

part from that they are super comfy, the gear shifting works much better and the support feels great.
 

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i was thinking "hey! i want those vendraminis as my next pair!" THEN i looked at their prices... too rich for my blood (and i wear sidi on-roads). the sidi's are definitely narrow in the forefoot, which is why i'm looking to change to alpines or something else wider. i don't think my feet are any wider than average, either... the sidis are just really narrow. good boots, though, if you have narrow feet! [thumbsup]
 

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+1 exactly slowduc, I seriously have lost toenails from those boots because I had to get them so small to fit my heel that my toes are cramped. Anyway, they were the wrong boot for me.

The Vendraminis are pretty darn expensive but they're the kind of boot that'll last many many years.
 

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slowduc said:
i was thinking "hey! i want those vendraminis as my next pair!" THEN i looked at their prices... too rich for my blood (and i wear sidi on-roads). the sidi's are definitely narrow in the forefoot, which is why i'm looking to change to alpines or something else wider. i don't think my feet are any wider than average, either... the sidis are just really narrow. good boots, though, if you have narrow feet! [thumbsup]
The Sidi's are super narrow. I have narrow feet, so I love them, but they fit tighter than any other make of boot or shoe I've ever tried.
 

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If you guys are losing toe nails in street boots, then CLIP THE DANG THINGS!!! [laugh] Unless you're painting them or using them to scratch your itch, why do you need them any longer then the point of attachment to the skin? Cut those babies down and save yourself the added boot expense.

BTW, I have whatever the top of the line Sidi street boots are and they SQUEAK like a mofo. I still wouldn't buy anything else...they fit like a glove...well, maybe a sock or booty or somethin'.
 

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EvilSteve said:
Where'd you try the Vendraminis on? I'd really like to try the size before I buy them.

The shape of the Sidi boot is just flat out wrong for me. The fore foot is way to thin and the heel is just huge so I went with a smaller boot to stop my heel lifting and now I'm losing toenails. I'll try something else. I know the alpinestars supertech (?) fits my foot well so I'm assuming (yet to try any of these on) that their boots will generally fit my foot better.
I spoke to a contact from this place in NY:
http://www.bikerworldusa.com/contact.html

Coincidentally, he had a size 11 when I called him so I rode from NJ to Brooklyn to try on the boots. I have wide feet, and I am extremely picky about shoes. Anyways, I thought the Vendraminis were comfortable (and wide enough).

I don't feel comfortable buying shoes unless I know I can return them.
 

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superjohn said:
The Sidi's are super narrow. I have narrow feet, so I love them, but they fit tighter than any other make of boot or shoe I've ever tried.
I usually wear 10.5 Extra Wide, but 11 Regular in Sidi works for me.
I didn't realize Sidi's were narrow -- although I don't do much walking in them.
 

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EvilSteve said:
Thanks for the heads up Stik.

kopfjager - do you wear full leather? If so, how do those go under your leathers?
No, I don't but they are designed for the leathers to go over them. Rossi does it so it must work.
 
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