Proper shitkickers

Moto Boots review by Gary Inman

Gary Inman is one of the UK’s most respected motorcycle journalists. He’s the editor of Sideburn motorcycle magazine and is probably responsible for the growth of custom flat track culture as part of the world of motorcycling. Imagine how chuffed we were when he wrote these words about our Moto Boots.

When I first got my hands on these proper shitkickers I thought I was in for months of pain breaking them in. They are heavy and heavy-duty. The Vibram Commando sole is screwed and bonded to the leather, the visible screwheads giving the boots an air of the footwear favoured by a Methodist, Victorian mill owner. And that’s apt because the boots are made for Hebtroco by William Lennon & Co, a family-owned, Derbyshire business founded in 1899, the end of the Queen Victoria’s reign.
“I hope, for your sake, they make them forever.”

The Yorkshire-oiled suede upper is as thick and unforgiving as anything the county has ever produced, and that’s saying something, you’ll realise if you’ve ever visited the place. Big but coming, BUT, they have proved to be all-day comfortable from day one. When I knew I’d be walking ten miles a day around Japan for Mooneyes’ Yokohama Hot Rod and Custom Show, I travelled in my Moto boots. When I rode Enfields along the Himalayan tracks of Nepal, I wore my Moto boots. When I knew I’d be standing behind the Sideburn booth for 14 hours at the Malle Mile, I wore my Moto boots.

They’re made in small batches, black and brown, and go in and out of stock. I hope, for your sake, they make them forever. It won’t make any difference to me. My pair will never wear out.

Moto Boots / Black

£265.00

Black oiled suede, tanned in Leeds. Handmade for us by Britain’s last remaining traditional heavy work boot maker.

A beast of a boot that’s good for the pub, walking the hills or even for riding about on your motorbike.

We’ve done thousands of miles of all of this in ours, as well as dancing the night away. But that’s another story.

Constructed using processes that go back to the 19th century.

One piece moulded Vibram sole, screwed and bonded to the leather. A traditional construction that allows replaceability and durability.

Two sets of laces included: black leather laces, and flat black cotton laces.

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Moto Boots / Wheatbuck

£265.00

Yorkshire Wheatbuck leather. Handmade for us by Britain’s last remaining traditional heavy work boot maker.

A beast of a boot that’s good for the pub, walking the hills or even for riding about on your motorbike.

We’ve done thousands of miles of all of this in ours, as well as dancing the night away. But that’s another story.

Constructed using processes that go back to the 19th century.

One piece moulded Vibram sole, screwed and bonded to the leather. A traditional construction that allows replaceability and durability.

Two sets of laces included: brown leather laces and flat red cotton laces.

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