There isn’t a whole lot to quibble about with this brand new boot from TCX. It’s downplayed, yet rife with technical features. And like most TCX boots it’s fully CE-approved for motorcycle use.
The X-Blend is built with full-grain leather and available in brown or black. Significantly sized and well-positioned ankle protectors and a reinforced heel-cup provide reassuring stability. And a thermoplastic toe-cap adds even more security.
The boot is ready for all kinds of weather, too, with a waterproof membrane (Hence the “WP”) that extends to the second from highest eyelet on this full-height boot.
A long-wearing molded and bonded sole provides extra protection against rain potentially seeping in, and a rugged tread make this an ideal everyday boot.
Never heard of TCX? It’s an Italian company that’s been at it a while now, and we now stock more of their boots than any other brand. They were formerly known as Oxstars, but apparently Alpinestars got miffed and sued over the phonetically similar sounding name, so now they’re TCX and they make great boots. A major component of the company’s business is making footwear for police and firefighters. The company has years of experience and a catalog of boots ranging from off-road adventure to track-ready options.
The company’s Chuck Taylor lookalike, the X-Street, is a best seller for us. At $150, it’s a lot of boot with discrete styling. We’re also fans of the TCX Urban boot, a $180 Chelsea-style single-zip boot with a rugged sole functionality on or off the motorcycle. It’s equally adept in boardroom or at the bar as it is on a bike.
The X-Street (and the new summer X-Street Air) come in a huge size run from 36 to 48—small enough to be a best seller for women riders too. TCX Also makes a touring boot called the Aura.