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If you Google 'Daytona Ladystar boots', 3 of the top 10 results question if 'they are worth the money'. Unlike my riding jacket and pants, I bought my boots new and paid full price for them - a whopping $550 in Canada ($400 in the USA / 349 Pounds). So, are they worth the money?
Ask any gal what the most challenging aspect about riding a motorbike is, and I'll bet more than 75% are concerned about being able to touch the ground flat footed - it's hard to manoever a 220+ kilo bike on tippy toes! The Ladystar GTX have an inner heel that gives an extra 2.5cm (3/4") to your inseam for a higher stand and easier rest on your motorbike. But this is not the only advantage.
Ladystar GTX touring boots are hand-made in Germany by Frey-Daytona and you can feel the quality of workmanship as soon as you get your hands on these boots. They are made of high quality, hydrophobic cowhide which is soft to the touch at brand new, and seems to be resistant to over-stretching.
The boot's upper and achilles heel area are elasticized to allow for motion without compromising the integrity of the stitching. A gear shift reinforcement and a steel inlay in the boot's arch to allow you to gently roll your foot.
The boots have a number of features designed to provide custom fit for each rider: there is a zipper on each side of the boot for easy entry. Each is covered by a velcro flap to protect the zipper from dirt and debris, keep the wind and water out, and give the wearer some adjustability. In the back of the boot, is an adjustable panel to accommodate different shaped legs. Brilliant!
If you are a touring rider, chances are you will be riding in the wind, the rain and, for the truly brave - snow. The Lady Star GTX boots have a Gor-Tex liner that is extremely comfortable and is guaranteed by Gor-Tex to 'keep you dry'. Usually I have doubts about 'water proof' claims, but during the Central American rainy season, I road for 25 days through classified tropical storms with torrential rains every day and walked and rode across many small streams. Not once did my feet get wet.
The fully lined Gor-Tex boot also keeps out the wind, which means your feet stay warm without bulky socks. Recently, when riding at 4,600 m (15,091 ft) at 0 degrees centigrade (32 F), whereas my feet were toasty warm, my husband was complaining of cold toes - something I usually complain about at room temperature!
The boots have a re-enforced shin and ankle. And, having my fully loaded up bike land on my lower leg twice in the last 7 months, I can assure you the protection is excellent! I walked away with some bruising, but nothing broken.
They also have a broad reflective patch on the heel to make you more visible to the motorists behind you.
The soles of the boots are made of rubber that is oil and gas resistant providing you assurance that when you put your foot down, it will stick to the pavement.
What could they do better?
I only have 2 suggestions for the Ladystar GTX boots:
Although the soles are made of the aforementioned, specially treated rubber once you are on gravel, sand or mud, the lack of a tread means the stickiness ends on pavement. I would like to see some added traction in the way of a beefier tread. I would also appreciate a higher boot to protect from water splashing into the boot from bigger puddles or my front tire. I guess these two asks would send me to more of a motocross boot - but why can't I ask for a 80/20 touring/motocross boot?
After more than 37,000 km (23,000 miles) on these boots, they still have full integrity, lots of life in them and, yes! I do think they are worth the money. Cost cutting would surely affect the quality and reduce the number of features.