Everyone knows boots are made for walking, but with the new technology now, boots are also made for protecting the feet, ankles, and the rest of the lower legs while riding a bike. Bikes are exciting and fun to ride, but they bring as much danger to the rider as the usual mode of transportation. The most common injury with riding bikes would be slight burns from uncovered legs coming in contact with hot pipes. The best thing for any biker to do is buy a good pair of motorcycle boots that will provide protection as well as secure a fashion statement about who you are and what your boots are made for.

The following tips should guide you in purchasing the right pair of biker boots made for riding:

1. Most bikers wear thick pants either made of leather or of denim, which already protects their legs from scratches and unnecessary burns. A biker boot that goes up to mid-leg is alright as long as it fits the rider’s feet and lower legs comfortably.

2. The best type of boots for riding a big bike, however, are those with shaft height that only goes up to below the knee. Bikers must be able to move their lower legs quickly and comfortably when shifting speed on a bike.

3. The boots should have an abrasive design on its sole. That keeps the boots from slipping accidentally against a shifter when riding out in the rain. The biker has to be prepared to handle the gears quickly to avoid sliding on the tar.

4. Check the toe area of the boots. It has to be padded to allow handling of heel-to-toe shifts in some bikes. The pads also protect the rider’s toes from injuries during minor accidents on the road, such as sliding down an inclined path, or from the effects of wear-and-tear due to continued shifting.

5. Velcros are nifty for bags and other types of shoes, but for biker boots, only vamps with buckles or trusty zippers will secure them against loosening. Shoelaces are alright as long as you know how to tie them without letting the ends hang loose. You’ll never know when a loose boot or entangled laces could cause an accident.

6. Pay attention to the circumference of the boot’s mouth. Some boots reach mid-calf while others reach up to beneath the knees. There should be enough space around the leg to insert thick denim or leather pants. To check your boot’s exact measurements around the calf area, wear your pants and wrap a tape measure around the widest part of your calf, which is about six inches below the back of your knee. Most tall boots have a circumference of 16 1/2 inches. If you needed a wider circumference than that, then you should have your boots custom-made.

7. You may already know about the importance of selecting shoes that fit comfortably without pinching your toes or the sides of your feet. However, when buying biker boots, try them on to see whether or not your feet would be too large for their soles. Always put a clearance between your feet and the edge of the soles.

8. Biker boots aren’t different from ordinary shoes. Quality products bear the mark of passing QA standards from the continent they’re being sold in. The European standard boots are marked with EN 13634. If you buy leather boots, then make sure they’re marked with ISO 11642 to prevent discoloration when they get wet.

9. For better protection, buy those boots with thick soles and thicker hides — at least 2 millimeters for upper soles and a minimum of 4 mm thick for bottom soles. Make sure the soles are stitched, not glued together with any kind of adhesive. No matter how strong the adhesive is in terms of industrial standards, it will lose its effectiveness when continually exposed to water, heat, and cold. With stitched parts, the shoe stays together longer and is easily repaired.

10. Finally, do not wear cowboy boots or horse-riding boots. They’re too soft and thin that they’ll melt easily when they come into contact with the bike’s hot pipes. Real leather boots are the best, but boots made of combined materials may cost less than all leather.

These tips are just a few suggestions. There may be more great advice coming from experienced bikers in a local club or from online biker forums. Take this list as a beginner’s guide to purchasing the right pair of boots for riding your beloved two-wheeler.