In this buying guide, we’ll be taking a look at the best motorcycle boots for Cruisers.
For these recommendations, I searched for boots that provide a comfortable upright position and a pleasant ride at that 90-degree sweet spot, plus excellent protection and some cool looks too.
I’ve got a ton of experience with the cruiser style of motorcycles, they’re my favorite type of ride, so I’m confident you’ll love these boots just as much as I did.
I came about these recommendations by first researching the best dozen or so motorcycle boots for Cruisers. I then ordered a few pairs and tested them out before returning them and putting together this guide.
Overall I found TCX Hero WP Boots to be my favorite choice, I’ve recommended these pairs of boots in plenty of guides, and I use them for my day to ride. They’re the perfect mixture of affordability, protection, longevity, excellent for cruising, and waterproof.
Read on to find out more about the best motorcycle boots for Cruisers.
The Best Cruiser Motorcycle Boots
- TCX Hero WP Cruising Boots (Overall Best)
- TCX Street Ace Air Shoes (Best Budget)
- Highway 21 RPM Boots (Best For Wet Weather)
- Dainese Persepolis Air Shoes (Best For Hot Weather)
- TCX Fuel WP Boots (Best For Protection)
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TCX’s Hero WP Cruising Boots are my go to pair of boots for all types of riding but especially cruising. They’ve got excellent protection, super aesthetics, a waterproof lining, and as I said earlier, they’re not too expensive either.
I felt this boot was the overall best for cruising because when you’re sitting in that relaxed upright seat, you need a pair of boots that provide an ankle position of 90 degrees. Ninety degrees is an absolute must if you ride a cruiser because it makes the ride super comfortable and allows you excellent control of the bike.
Riding with TCX’s Hero boots is super comfy, has excellent controls, and they’re perfect for that upright position cruisers are known for.
TCX has gone for full-grain leather in terms of protection, which is also the most robust and durable type of leather you can purchase. Full grain means these boots have excellent abrasion resistance, and their longevity is outstanding. You can expect TCX Hero’s to last many years, although it’ll depend on how often you use them.
Protective features include a Toe and heel counter, which provides better support and impact protection. There’s less chance of broken toes or a badly damaged heel that can be seriously painful if you come off.
There’s also a Malleolus reinforcement, which translates to more ankle protection. You’ll notice a circle on each side of the boot where your ankles are. These protective features will help with impact protection to keep your ankles safe, but also abrasion resistance if you’re sliding on the asphalt.
Something else I liked about this boot is that it ends pretty high up your lower leg. This means your lower leg will get a bit of protection too, and since your pants usually end at your ankles, it’s nice that the two pieces of protective gear overlap so that the lower leg area isn’t damaged in the case of a crash.
These boots aren’t too bulky for comfort and ergonomics, which was perfect for me because they’re good to walk around in, and you still have a good feel of the back break and gears. The tread of the sole is very grippy, which makes gear changes and breaking more fluid.
TCX has this unique way of constructing their boots called the CFS Comfort Fit System, which means the boots are molded to the shape of a human foot while being built, which means they’re super comfy, but still require you to break them in, as all leather boots do.
TCX Hero WP Cruising Boots also have a waterproof lining, I rode these in some pretty heavy rain, and my feet stayed dry, which was awesome since riding with wet feet is the worst.
Lastly, I wanted to wrap this up with a few points on fitment. These boots fit very snug, you might not notice, but if you look carefully, there’s a zipper up the inner ankle section, this was great as I find laces on motorcycle boots can be a hazard, and the zipper is a nice touch to keep them stuck to your feet.
- Full grain leather
- Excellent protection
- Real cow hide
- Personal favourite boot brand
- Excellent aesthetics
- Lased me several years
- Excellent ankle protection
- Overwhelmingly positive customer reviews
- High quality stitching
- 90 degree angle perfect for cruising
- Full leather not ideal for very hot climates
I know I’ve recommended TCX two times in a row, but this is a testament to the quality of the motorcycle boots they create. If you own a cruiser and you’re on a budget, then the Street Ace Air Boots are by far the best budget choice. While they skimp out on all the fancy features, they’re comfortable and will protect your feet in the case of a crash.
The Street Ace Air Boots build quality is an excellent mixture of perforated leather and a suede-type material. While it’s not fully waterproof, these boots can still take a fair bit of rain before your feet begin to get wet. For a budget boot, it’s great to see high quality stitching. This stitching means they’re packing excellent longevity. While I’ve only briefly used these shoes, customer reviews are overwhelmingly positive, and all state they last several years.
Protection is pretty decent for the TCX Street Ac;. At the same time, it does skimp on the fancy features, quality leather means excellent abrasion resistance, so if you crash, your foot and ankle area will be fully protected from road burn. The boot fully protects your ankles, and you’ll see that circular shape around the ankle, which helps abrasion and shock damage around that area.
The heel and toe have reinforced counters, which means improved abrasion resistance and far better impact protection, so there’s less likelihood of breaking any bones around the heel or toes, which is usually most common in a crash.
I found these boots were excellent for cruiser style motorcycles. They contain an excellent 90-degree angle, so you can sit back and relax while wearing the TCX Street Ace Air Boots. I found foot controls easy to use, and the rubber sole means better grip on both the back brake and gears was perfect.
These boots are super comfy and will take less time to break in since they’re not made entirely from leather. They’re also better for the warmer months of the year as they have a breathable lining to keep your feet cool.
There’s also TCX’s unique comfort system or the CFS. As I explained earlier, it is molded around a near-identical human foot when the boot is built. This makes it easier to fit your foot and feel more natural to wear than most leather boots.
Overall, TCX’s Street Ace Air Boots is my go-to choice for budget cruising boots. While they skimp on premium features, protection, comfort, and build quality are all there, and that’s all you need at the end of the day, not to mention they got a nice casual aesthetic too.
- Very affordable
- Upper of the boot made from perforated leather
- Breathable lining
- Malleolus reinforcement protects heel and provides support
- Unique CFS comfort system
- Reinforced toe and heel counter
- Casual aesthetic
- Lace closure keeps shoe snug on your foot
- High wear-resistant rubber sole
- Overwhelmingly positive customer reviews
- Ankle protection
- Comfortable fit
- 90 degree angle perfect for cruiser riding
- Perfect for warm weather riding
- Perforated panels helps airflow
- Could do with more protective features
- Isn’t fully waterproof
Highway’s 21 RPM boots were a standout for my wet weather choice, perfect for any motorcyclist riding a cruiser. These boots come with an array of waterproof features, are a comfortable fit, and, of course, keep your feet pretty well protected in a crash.
Highway 21 has used oiled leather, which means the boot’s leather has undergone intense nourishment of oils, making it a lot heavier and almost impossible for water to seep in and get your feet wet. You’ll notice in the rain that water will simply fall off your boot and not eventually get into the leather.
If you’re in constant torrential rain, fear not as there’s also a Hipora waterproof lining built into the boot. This lining is one of the best for water resistance, I stood in a deep puddle for a few minutes, and my feet were not wet after, which is an excellent sign as nothing is worse than riding your cruiser with wet feet.
Another neat wet weather feature is the Anti-slip sole, that’s also oil proof, meaning your feet won’t be slipping off the gear shift while riding in the rain, which isn’t detrimental but always a bit of an uncomfortable thing to happen while riding.
Highway’s 21 RPM Boot provides pretty standard protection, and what you’ll find around its price range, full grain leather is the toughest type you can buy, adding to extra abrasion resistance, the build quality is excellent, and top notch stitching means these boots won’t come apart in a crash.
The boots should last you several years, to top it off they come with a two year warranty.
While these boots are head and shoulders above the competition in terms of water resistance, they could do with some more safety features, such as better shock protection around the heel, toes, and ankles. Still, overall this is a quality boot that should hold up in any situation and is an excellent choice for cruisers and Harley’s.
- Water-resistant oiled leather
- Full grain leather
- Oil proof anti slip sole perfect for the wet
- HiPora waterproof lining
- Two year warranty
- Stood in about 3 inches puddle for a couple minutes and no wet feet
- Excellent protection
- 90-degree angle perfect for cruisers
- Strong abrasion resistance
- Very positive customer reviews
- Can always resole the boot
- Pull loop makes the boot quick and easy to put on
- Simple tough black aesthetic and style
- Only uses laces, could do with a velcro strap
- Could do with better impact protection features
The Dainese Persepolis Air Shoes are an excellent choice of boots for cruisers in the hotter climates of the world. Their breathability is second to none while still being CE Certified and providing adequate protection.
The first thing you’ll notice with these cruiser boots/shoes is that there’s perforation all over them, you can’t miss all those tiny holes, what they’ll do is greatly enhance the breathability of the boot, so that your feet will sweat far less and even on the hottest days your cruiser will still be a pleasant ride. There’s also a mesh liner that mops up any sweat your feet produce. It’s recommended to give the liner a wash every month or couple of months, depending on the weather.
These cruiser boots are lightweight and are a bit thinner so they don’t get too hot, but this does come at the cost of lesser abrasion resistance. However, they’re CE certified, so their protection is still adequate, just not as effective as a full leather alternative.
Dainese has used genuine cowhide, which is an excellent choice and should keep your feet adequately protected from abrasion if sliding on the asphalt. There are also rigid inserts around the ankle that provide both support and protection. Although it lacks toe protection shock resistance, meaning that it’s still possible for broken bones around your feet on a high impact crash.
In terms of comfort, these shoes are super comfy and have a snug fit, which isn’t too surprising as they’re only partially made of leather, and the leather is mainly around the ankle area of the shoe than your lower feet, this means they make great casual boots as well and are easy to walk around in.
I found their sneaker-like style made them fit well with casual clothing, and it’s nice to meet up with friends without having to lug around massive boots on your feet.
Overall, Dainese Persepolis Air boots are a good choice for cruisers in hotter climates that don’t receive too much rain, their protection is adequate but could be better, but they’re affordable and provide good enough abrasion resistance.
- Excellent for hot weather
- Perforation throughout the shoe
- Mixture of cowhide and mesh
- Decent abrasion resistance
- Lots of positive customer reviews
- Very breathable boot
- Mesh liner to prevent sweating
- Sneaker style of cruiser boots
- Medial zipper helps fit and comfort
- Could do better with better impact protection
- Average wet protection
TCX’s Fuel WP Boots fit perfectly when riding your cruiser but also provide excellent protection for both abrasion resistance and impact protection. We found these to be the most superior solely in the category of protection.
The first thing you notice about these boots is they are long in length, protecting not just your ankles but your lower legs, including most of your calf. This means your pants will go over these boots, giving your lower legs and maybe your ankles even more protection.
Full-grain leather is the toughest type you can get your hands on, providing top notch abrasion resistance if you happen to be sliding on asphalt. The rear of the boot provides extra shock resistance to prevent damaged heels and ankles. Toe and heel counters further improve the impact protection of this boot.
TCX Fuel WP Boots are based on a design used for workers in dangerous factories, so there are neat protective features other boots built for cruising won’t actually include. Such as the single piece of leather at the forefront of the boot means there are no seams and reduces the chance of the boot coming apart mid slide. This single piece of leather also improves its longevity.
A part of the boot is double stitched, meaning it’s stitching from the inside so external forces such as the road won’t be able to unravel it in the case of a crash, meaning the chance of these boots coming apart is a lot slimmer.
Another benefit of TCX’s Fuel WP Boots is that it has a waterproof liner and since the boot goes so far up your leg, getting wet feet is almost impossible.
The boot is full leather and full-grain as well, so it took a really long time to break in, unfortunately. But once finally broken in, TCX has made sure it fits thanks to the Lateral Zipper snugly and the Velcro Fastener at the very top of the boot. I also liked it comes with steel buckles that make the boot really fit your foot nicely.
My only qualms with this boot are that it’s really only ideal for riding your cruiser. It’s awkward on sports bikes and dirt biking. It’s not meant to be on an angle. It’s only not the best for casual use as they’re super bulky and quite heavy, so walking around gets tiring quickly.
If you’re riding a cruiser-type motorcycle and your body’s production is front of mind, I highly recommend the TCX Fuel WP cruiser style of boots. While they don’t tick all the boxes, they’re an excellent choice for protection and cruising.
- Full grain leather
- Excellent abrasion protection
- Waterproof lining
- Toe and heel counter protections from high impacts
- Relatively affordable
- Malleolus inserts means more heel protection
- Top notch build quality
- Replaceable insole
- Sole fits your foot
- Very grippy treads
- Adjustable steel buckles
- Lateral zipper
- Velcro fastener at the top of the boot
- Tread of boots has extra padding
- Great for riding cruisers
- Only good for riding
- Too bulky for everyday use
Considerations When Picking Cruiser Motorcycle Boots
If you drive a cruiser style of motorcycle, the type of boots are going to be more important than you might think, this is because the position of cruisers is upright and laid back, meaning you need a shoe with an excellent 90-degree angle to have proper control of your back break, and gears while in this upright, laid back position.
Here are our top considerations when deciding on cruiser motorcycle boots.
Style And Type
As we just mentioned before, the best boots for cruising are specifically designed for the cruiser style of motorcycles. This type of motorcycle is mainly made up of brands such as Harley Davidson, but lesser brands like Triumph and Indian Motorcycles as well.
The boot’s design is crucial because it needs to have an angle of 90 degrees, as it’s the sweet spot of how your feet should be positioned when riding cruisers. This angle gives you the best control over the back brake and gears and means you can ride for several hours without your feet getting tired and sore.
Best Materials For Cruiser Motorcycle Boots
Generally speaking, leather is the best option. It provides the best protection in both shock damage, abrasion resistance, and impact protection. Leather also fits nicely with the cruiser style of aesthetics. When have you seen someone riding a Harley Davidson and wearing textile boots! Another pro of leather is that it’s durable and has excellent longevity. Leather boots usually are built of very high quality and should last you several years.
The cons of leather for cruiser motorcycles is that it does worse in hot climates, where textile excels at. Leather also looks worse in the rain and water, plus the cold can make it harder. Compared to textile, where extreme weather has minimal effect. Leather is also a lot more expensive, especially for boots specifically designed for cruising.
When it comes to cruising, the weather will always play a big part, and the weather is no different when choosing the right pair of boots. Generally speaking, you’ll want to go for a pair of leather boots unless you live in an especially hot or cold climate.
Leather boots can get hot in the summer, and your feet can be quickly soaked after a day of riding. You’re much better off picking a mixture of leather and texture so that there are perforations throughout the boot to improve airflow.
Or you can pick up a filly textile boot that will have the best breathability and airflow but will have marginally less protection than a leather alternative.
A leather boot can be fine if you live in a colder climate, but it’ll depend on how cold it gets. If you ride in freezing temperatures, it’s advised you pick a boot that’s specifically designed for colder conditions.
How Much To Spend On Cruising Boots?
Cruising motorcycle boots tend to be more expensive than other types of boots. The lowest you can spend on a good cruising boat is about $150, and the sweet spot is $200 – $300.
Just remember that if you pick a budget cruising boot, it won’t nearly last as long as a more expensive option. While it may be more affordable in the short term, you’ll need to buy a new pair of boots more quickly, and in the long term, you’ll be spending more.
This is because above the $200 price range. Manufacturers start including top notch materials in their boots. The lacing will be excellent. The leather will be full-grain, which means more protection and longevity.
And when you pick up quality leather boots, a cobbler can always replace the bottom soles, have them restitched, which will all cost far less than buying a new pair of boots.
What Are The Best Brands For Cruising Motorcycle Boots
IF you’ve read this guide, you would have probably noticed we mention TCX a lot. That’s because, for cruising style boots, they’re by far the best choice. They use top quality materials. I find the features they include are smart and pragmatic, and they’re constantly innovating their newest additions.
Another plus of TCX is that they produce a wide variety of boots, and I’ve always found their budget options to be of the best value. The price range of $100 – $200 is a real sweet spot for their boots, and they include some of the recommendations above.
One last point about TCX is that they’re specifically a motorcycle boot company rather than a brand with a subcategory of boots. I think this is important because it means they’re solely focused on the quality of the boots, whereas large motorcycle brands might put less emphasis on specific areas of their business.
Most riders are familiar with Dainese as they’re a huge brand when it comes to motorcycle gear. While they are not boot specialists, unlike TCX, their boots are an excellent choice for cruising.
While Dainese tends to lean on the higher price ranges, you can trust the quality of their boots, and I find their protective features to innovate and bring new features to the table.
Personally, TCX is my boot of choice for cruising, but I had a pair of Dainese a few years ago, and they lasted ages and were super comfy too. All in all, Dainese is a solid motorcycle brand, and their cruiser style of motorcycle boots is too.
I wanted to include a lesser known brand in this guide, it’s difficult as more prominent brands tend to dominate, but I came across Highway 21 because they won me over for the best waterproof cruising motorcycle boots.
I’ve only ever tried one pair of Highway 21 boots. Still, community reviews and general reputation are very favorable for Highway 21. Since they’re a lesser known brand, their products tend to be more affordable to make up for being unknown.
This lesser known brand means you’re still getting a top-quality boot at a lower price which is always good. Overall I find Highway 21’s gear to be very accommodating for riders. Their gear is designed by people who actually ride, so their features and improvements just make sense.
Well, this is our guide for the best Cruiser style of motorcycle boots. I made sure to include my top recommendations and my top considerations when deciding on a pair.
Remember that 90-degree angle is the sweet spot for cruisers, and keep in mind your protection and then the climate. Other than that, you should be pretty solid for what pair of boots you pick up.