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#400 Wedge Sole

Aerostich Combat Touring Boots #400-480

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Buy 'em, especially if you have a son! Review by Kevin in Denver
Love the boots. I wear a size 10.5, ordered a size 11 and they were much too big. Easily replaced and a size 10 is perfect. Despite what others have said, the break-in was not a big deal. A few walks around the park with the dog for a week and we're good to go.

I love the close fit at the top of the boot. Because they're trim, it's now possible to wear conventional pants that will actually fit over the tops of my boots, unlike my dirt bike boots.

Only complaints: The laces stick to the Velcro pretty bad. I can see that I'll have to replace them with another lace type soon. Wonder why the manufacturer does not address this? Also, the alignment of the top Velcro flaps and the Velcro sections on the boot don't line up nicely. That's a minor disappointment, but only cosmetic.

Overall, I'm very happy with them and look forward to years of heavy use. My 18 year old son can't wait until he gets my pair! In fact, for sentimental reasons, I wrote the date of purchase inside the boot. When his old man (now 53) passes for whatever reason, he'll have some, "Good shoes to fill." (Posted on 4/20/12)
good boot Review by jerry
This is a very well made boot. I wanted something that was comfortable and protective. This fills the bill. After about 2 days of wearing them all day they started to break in. They have gotten better every day. You get what you pay for and these are a bargin. (Posted on 12/27/11)
You Get Your Money's Worth Review by MyBeamishBoy
These appear to be great boots - well made, supportive, and for me, comfortable right out of the box. I have worn them in warm weather and recently cold without complaint. I have not worn them in rain yet as I have just recently ordered a waterproofing application from Aerostich.

Just for background I own other good boots - Alpinestar Tech 10 Motocross boots and Alpinestar Web Gore-Tex street boots. The CTBs strike a happy balance between the overkill of the full-on motocross boot to under-protection of the street boot. In short, there is enough boot to make me confident that I will get reasonable protection in a crash without having so much boot that I leave them at home (the Tech 10s).

I have since ordered a replacement sole (be proactive!) as I can easily imagine that these boots will be worth repairing as they wear as well as an insole from Aerostich just to take up a bit of the roominess of the boot.

In short, my limited experience with these boots agrees with the experience of other reviewers who appreciate the quality and design of the boot. Perhaps I'll still have enough of my wits to come back in ten years and give a more qualified revue. Until then, I think I'll just take them along while I go find out what's around that next curve ....

Ride safe, y'all.T (Posted on 11/16/11)
very nice. Review by eric
love these boots. still breaking them in, but went on a week long trip with them when they were brand new. although shifting was a little stiff at first, its just been getting better and better. pretty good resistance to road spray in the rain with a little waterproofing goop slathered on before i left. my one complaint would be the laces used and the way the velcro is set up. the laces (and tall pair of wool socks) tend to get stuck in the velcro, and the laces that came with the boots are going to be little fur balls in short order. i anticipate having to get some new laces, hopefully will be able to find some that are not sticky to velcro. overall highly recommended though. (Posted on 10/24/11)
Good Boot Review by Kelley
Very nice boot. Break in is easy with the neatsfoot oil and pressing into shape method. I don't notice any weight at all. They feel quite light and walk very well. Comfortable all day. We'll see about longevity. (Posted on 10/5/11)
Stiff and heavy Review by netskink
OMG Stiff and heavy. Still breaking in. Its odd to not be able to feel your shifter or brake lever. Also some chaffing and blisters on feet. I wear a size 10.5 wide. I purchased a size 46/11. The first day I wore the boots, it was very tight on my left foot. I got a blister on my left foot. Afterwards, I coated them with mink oil and put shoe trees/expanders inside them and let them set for a week. I used them again and I got a blister on both Achilles tendons. At least the toe box had streched out some. I hope that when they are broken in they will be my boots of choice. Sometimes you have to swear at it before you swear by it, right?

I am not impressed with the shoe liner or speed lacing though. I'll comment more later if possible. (Posted on 7/25/11)
Combat Touring Boot inner plastic coated fabric Review by GK
I've had my CTB's for at least 10 years and have put in excess of 100k miles on them. They are the best riding boots I've ever owned and have held up very well with the exception of the Velcro, which lost it's ability to hold in about 2 years. I've since replaced it with Velcro which has held up well since. I don't think the Velcro which originally came on the boots is as high quality as genuine American Velcro. The other issue is the plastic coated material under the lace holes joining the two sides of the boot together. It flakes off and is regular cotton underneath. I've had to coat the material with silicone (Shoe Goo) to get it waterproof again. It would seem to me that a boot of this price would use thin leather for this part rather than cheap plastic coated cloth that flakes off and looses it's waterproofness in this area. Other than that, I'm very happy with these boots. (Posted on 7/21/11)
11 yrs 20,000 miles Review by Ken Scott
I have had these boots since 1999. They have seen 20,000 miles. The boots look great. They are stiff and I feel great wearing them. They are too warm for the california summers. They are built to last, go for it! (Posted on 6/21/11)
Best boots ever Review by Imp
I have had these boots for 3 years now and LOVE them, they get better all the time. I ride about 25,000 miles per year and wear them from temps of 30's to 100+ ( I live in Florida). They are great to keep the heat off my shinns. I did get them resoled about 8 month ago and put a Vibram sole on them which I like better than the original. (Posted on 6/10/11)
Best boots you'll ever buy. Period. Review by Marko
These same boots were made and marketed by Sidi back in the day. It's great that Aerostich is having them made by Sidi just for them. I just received mine, and although they seem to fit really well out of the box, I'm still going to dunk 'em in water and go for a really long walk. The quality of these boots is really unsurpaseed in my opinion. I wear White's boots for work (similar stitch-down construction) and they're now approaching $800. Maybe I'll get another pair of these for work! These boots are well made, and they'll likely be the last motorcycle boots I'll ever need to purchase. All I can say is "Wow!" (Posted on 5/5/11)

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The brief CBT History...

These were the first general purpose riding boot of this style in the world. Their origination story is simple: We wanted a basic old-fashioned heavy-duty rider's boot that provided support like an MX boot, was fast and easy to get in and out of,and held onto one's foot well -- but without all the added-on MX boot armor. More supportive than the classic 'engineer' style boot, and much heavier-duty than the typical zippered race, street or touring boot. A de-contented MX boot.

In hindsight it's hard to believe that twenty five years ago there wasn't anything else like this available. The CBT boot was the original. A new type of hybrid existing halfway between a street boot and an off road boot. It created an entirely new product category.

After about ten years we'd sold a good number of them and (also as 'adventure' style bikes became more popular) other boot companies started to make their versions of the CBT boot. Even Sidi came out with a version. All these subsequent versions from others were more complicated or 'improved' in some way: More buckles, pleated areas, waterproof liners, etc. The others wanted to be able to say they were better than the CBT boot.

This is like the way designer jeans manufacturers sometimes say they are better than original Wrangler's, Lee, and Levi's 501's maybe. Every market works like this. There's an original...and if it's successful there are others that are similar but supposedly 'improved' in some way.

Mr. Subjective 11-13

CBT Boot Break-In:

Breaking them in? I did it last week, to have a pair to leave with a motorcycle I co-own in Arizona. This was the fourth time in twenty years I've had to break in a pair. I ride in the third pair every day. The first pair are still in use by a friend, after 20 years. They were the prototypes. The second pair are also in use.  My feet got longer and this pair went to another friend. This time and the last time (#3 and #4) I soaked the boots in a sinkful of water, let them drip dry for a couple of hours, then went for a two mile walk in them. And got blisters. Then I left them for several days to air dry fully, with the tops propped open with a chopstick. The I oiled the folds and hinge lines, and let that soak in for a couple of days. Now I've worn them for about the last week on a motorcycle trip (I'm in the middle of it now...) and they are perfect. I added our fancy semi-orthotic insole and I'm set for life, probably. A pair in MN and this pair which will stay in Arizona...

Executive Summary: They need two things: 1. A two week break-in, starting with soaking overnight in water, draining for an hour, walking in them wet for a couple of miles, then slow drying for several days, propped open.  Then lightly lubricating the hinge folds (or the whole boot) with a soak-in leather dressing. 2. A higher quality insole. I use the more expensive of the two we sell.  The standard insole is not supportive enough for me.

Mr. Subjective 12/09
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