The best part about the Rayburn boots is that they're so easy to wear it doesn't become a chore to make the (correct) decision to put on protective footwear when you ride. A high quality rich brown full-grain leather upper contrasts nicely with the white sole, which sounds crazy for a motorcycle boot but the spongy vulcanized rubber provides better grip that you'd guess, and it cleans up nicely after it gets dirty.
And while they're not waterproof, that's not the point. Their lack of a waterproof barrier means they breath a lot better than they would otherwise, which bodes well for consistent everyday use.
These are great go-to, everydayboots whethere you're on the bike or not. We found the pull-tab to be a bit extraneous, but it pulls off cleanly if you want to dtich it. We haven't experienced a crash in these, but the guys at Ride Apart did, and they came away impressed (read their review here).
Super discreet, borderline fit for formal occasion use, but with protection built in in the form of a reinforced heel and toe counter. The Rayburns also get obligatory ankle protection discs (embellished by the Alpinestars Oscars logo) and the boots pass the Cat 2 CE certification for safety.
Alpinestars reminds us that they started out in business making boots by offering these in a mind-boggling array of sizes. If you don't see the one you need available, shoot us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll happily source one for you.
*Note: the photos shown here are a combination of brand new boots, and boots used for the better part of a year. We found that an old sponge with a scouring pad cleans up the white sole edges nicely, and a little oil helps condition and protect the leather.