We worked with Leslie of NYC-based Breaking Hearts & Burning Rubber to craft a women’s specific boot that will pass the muster of fashion conscious female riders, yet still meet our Captain Safety mandate of only selling functional motorcycle gear.
It comes with D3O armor, reinforced thermoplastic toe and heel counters, a custom Vibram lugged sole, and it’s made out of bearskin. Yes, bearskin.
Leslie had already pioneered a method of using premium lugged Vibram soles on her line of fashionable, motorcycle-inspired women’s boots. Because Vibram doesn’t make a women’s specific sole, she made her own by buying men’s soles and having them shaved down with a factory finish. You wouldn’t know they didn’t come from Vibram if not for the disproportionately large Vibram logo under the midfoot. The boots are fitted with a steel shank and a stacked heel, offering a couple of valuable inches many female riders will welcome.
The boots welt is hand-stitched to the upper, and the sole is tacked and adhered, and guaranteed to stay that way with BHBR’s limited lifetime warranty. Unlike boots with stitched-on soles, these won’t be compromised after a few hundred miles of putting your foot down as you roll to a stop.
Starting with a standard BHBR base, we incorporated a custom made D3O ankle armor insert made by stamping, skiving and shaping a sheet of D3O, and then top-stitching it into place inside the boot.