8 Best Women’s Motorcycle Boots: Reviewed, Rated & Compared

Your riding experience can be enhanced with the appropriate gear. One of the main items that you should invest in is a high-quality pair of riding boots. They can protect your feet and offer you more stability when on your motorcycle. If you’re a female rider or passenger, check out this buyer's guide to find your next pair of motorcycle riding boots. 


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Model

Material

Shaft Length

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Alpinestars Womens Stella Tech 3 Motocross...

Alpinestars Women’s Stella Tech 3

PU-reinforced microfiber

14 inches

O'Neal Women's Rider Boots (Black/Pink, Size...

O’Neal 0325-705

Leather upper with plastic plates

20 inches

Harley-Davidson Women's Tegan Ankle Boot...

Harley Davidson Women’s Tegan

Full-grain leather upper

5.5 inches

Alpinestars Women's Stella SMX-1 R Vented...

Alpinestars Women’s Stella SMX-1 R

Microfiber

5 inches

UGG Women's Kesey Boot, Chestnut, 12

UGGS Women’s Kesey

Full-grain leather and wool

7 inches

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Carlos Women’s Shiloh

Fabric

5 inches

Harley-Davidson Women's Mackey Waterproof...

Harley Davidson Women’s Mackey D87165

Full-grain leather

5 inches

Harley-Davidson Women's Abbey Work Boot,...

Harley Davidson Women’s Abbey

Full-grain leather and suede

8 inches


The Importance of Quality Boots for Riding

According to an excerpt from the National Library of Medicine, motorcycle accidents continue to be a source of severe injury, especially to the foot. The most common foot injury is a metatarsal fracture. By investing in a pair of good riding boots, you can protect your feet from these common crash injuries.

Motorcycle boots offer more stability when carving through turns and hills. They help you keep your grip in wet conditions as well. They will keep your feet safe from road debris and the bike’s exhaust pipes.


Buyer’s Guide: Choosing Motorcycle Boots for Women

Type of Riding/Rider Needs

Every female rider is different, and this guide will cover all the riding types out there. Most of the boots on the market will be either motocross, casual, or racing. Depending on the type of riding that you do, you will need your boot to keep up. A motocross boot is taller and more rugged. They are best for dirt track riding. A racing boot is mid-length and has specific racing features. A casual riding boot offers riding protection but can be worn under a pair of jeans.

Material and Durability

Riding boots come in many different materials, including leather, Gore-Tex, mesh, microfibers, and more. One of the primary materials that you’ll see in our reviews below is leather. It is one of the most durable and casual materials available. Gore-Tex is a breathable and waterproof material that is designed to keep rain and wind out but keep you warm as well. Mesh and microfibers are the most breathable materials on the market, but they are generally not waterproof.

Boot and Heel Height

This will largely depend on style preference and protection. In our reviews below, you will find a number of different boot heights. A casual boot will typically cover the ankle but not a portion of the leg. Motocross boots will extend up the leg to protect from the elements. Most motorcycle boots have a slight heel that will help with stability while riding. This heel is generally small, but we have included a high heel boot to appeal to women riders.

Comfort and Fit

You should always measure your foot and use a size chart before purchasing a new pair of boots. They should be snug and comfortable. In general, casual riding boots that can be worn throughout the day are less stiff and bulky. Off-road and racing boots are less comfortable to walk in since they are focused on riding only.

Sole

Most racing and motocross boot soles are stiff, which means they offer greater protection than a flexible sole. Many casual riding shoes have flexible soles since they are intended to be walked in during the day by commuter riders. The tread of most racing shoes will be nonslip and not very thick to allow for greater feeling. Most casual riding boots have typical boot tread that is thicker.

Closure System

The typical closure systems that you’ll find on women’s motorcycle boots are buckles, laces, and BOA enclosures. Buckles are typically found on racing and motocross boots. A standard sneaker style lacing system is often found on casual riding boots. A new technology called BOA is a dial cable system that ensures a clean and comfortable fit. Most racing boots have buckles or BOA systems to keep the laces away from the bike.

Armor and Protection

Racing and motocross boots offer the best protection for female riders. They have an all-around protection system that includes hard plastic pieces in important places. Your new motorcycle boot should have at least a semi-stiff sole, shift protection, heel, malleolus, and ankle protection. The type of riding that you do will depend on the level of protection needed.

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Style/Design

This section of our buyer’s guide is closely related to the type of riding that you do and your specific style. There are casual, racing, combat, motocross, Harley, and cruiser boots. We have included a range of options in our reviews below. Keep in mind the type of boot that you want on and off the bike when making your decision.

Price and Warranty

Women’s motorcycle boots can be quite expensive, but we have included an option for every budget. The type of materials used and the level of protection will determine the price of motorcycle boots. Every boot that we reviewed below includes a warranty, so check the spec sheet before making a final decision.


8 Best Women’s Motorcycle Boots Reviewed

1. Alpinestars Women’s Stella Tech 3

Best Women’s Motorcycle Boots

Material

PU-reinforced microfiber

Closure Type

Buckles

Shaft Length

14 inches

Sole

Rubber compound

Style

Motocross

Our first review goes to the best of the best on the female motorcycle boot market. We chose the Alpinestars Women’s Stella Tech 3 as the best women’s motorcycle boots. They are our top pick for every female motocross rider out there.

Alpinestars has upped their game with the latest version of the Stella Tech boot for women. It more closely matches the high-quality moto racing boot that they created for men. With this model, they incorporated the new Aero buckle system, which has strategically placed off-set buckles. It comes with a full reinforced microfiber upper so that your feet can breathe while riding. The shaft height is about 14 inches, so you’ll get full protection. This new model comes with an accordion-like leather ankle protect that allows for more flexibility.

This women’s motorcycle boot is a standout in the motocross line. We liked that it has less of a moon boot feel than it used to. We liked that it is designed to fit a women’s calf instead of the standard men’s size. We thought that the Aero buckle system was a nice addition.

According to Kevin,

“My wife loves them! Boot fits better, buckles easier to close, protection seems to be above average!

Pros

  • Aero buckle system
  • Full TPU heel and toe caps
  • Made to fit a women’s calf

Cons

  • Requires a short break-in time

2. O’Neal 0325-705

Best Rated Women’s Motorcycle Boots

Material

Leather upper with plastic plates

Closure Type

Buckles

Shaft Length

20 inches

Sole

Goodyear rubber sole

Style

Motocross

One thing that most women riders take a look at before purchasing is the ratings from other riders. We chose the O’Neal riding boot as the best-rated women’s motorcycle boots on the market. These boots have received rave reviews from other female riders.

These O’Neal riding boots come with four buckles for keeping them in place during your dirt track riding sessions. These boots come with a leather upper that has TPU plastic pieces in place to help keep your heel, toe, and forefoot protected. This O’Neal model features a metal toe piece that helps with quick shifts around corners. The front shin protector helps protect you against falls. It features a Goodyear replaceable sole that is unique to this type of boot. It is more durable than a standard rubber sole. They feature a full mesh interior that will keep your feet cool on hot summer days.

We liked that this riding boot came with so much extra protection at a reasonable price point. The metal toe plate was a nice addition to help retain the shape of the toe through frequent use on the track.

As Jackie noted,

“These boots have been great! Very durable and a good price for what you're getting.”

Pros

  • Metal toe protection
  • Replaceable Goodyear style sole
  • Leather upper with mesh interior

Cons

  • The leather upper isn’t waterproof

3. Harley Davidson Women’s Tegan

Best Women’s Motorcycle Ankle Boots

Material

Full-grain leather upper

Closure Type

Laces

Shaft Length

5.5 inches

Sole

Rubber

Style

Casual/cruiser

Many female riders out there are not motocross riders but rather commuter or cruising riders. In this category, we have a more casual and everyday riding boot. We named the Harley Davidson Women’s Tegan as the best women’s motorcycle ankle boots. They are low enough to fit under a pair of jeans but still offer protection.

This pair of Harley Davidson boots come with a casual lace-up system and a simple belt style buckle across the front. The belt style buckle is ideal for holding the laces in place after they’re tied. These boots don’t come up as high as some of the other models, so if you're looking for low casual boots, this is a good option. They also incorporated a pull tab on the back so that you can easily slip them off and on. These riding boots come with a full interior zipper, which makes them easier to take off as well.

We liked that these boots incorporated a few comfort features into a full-grain leather upper. The pull tab and interior zipper make these boots more comfortable and useable. We also liked the slightly higher heel, which brings a women’s riding boot dynamic into play.

Pros

  • Interior full zipper
  • Pull tab on the back of the ankle
  • Casual lacing system with a belt style buckle

Cons

  • Does not include an extra shifting pad

4. Alpinestars Women’s Stella SMX-1 R

Best Vented Motorcycle Boots For Women

Material

Microfiber

Closure Type

Velcro strap

Shaft Length

5 inches

Sole

Compound rubber

Style

Casual/street

Many of our women riders often hit the road during the summer months. In hot climate areas, the best option for a riding boot is a mesh or microfiber upper. We chose the Alpinestars Women’s Stella SMX-1 R as the best vented motorcycle boots for women.

With this new model of the SMX-1 boots, Alpinestars made a few key upgrades that are sure to impress the women riders out there. This riding boot comes in a mid-length design that is perfect for riding in hot weather. We consider it a casual street riding boot because it’s low profile, and it could possibly fit under some jeans. They upgraded the sole to be stiffer so that it offers more riding protection. The true standout is the ventilation that is offered throughout. It comes with a fully vented upper that will let air pass through as you ride.

We liked that Alpinestars offered a ton of protection in a small mid-length boot. It comes with the same protection as its bigger racing brother boots but in a smaller package.

Antoinette noted in her review,

“These are super cute and don’t make you feel awkward when you get off your bike to walk around. The airflow is great. “

Pros

  • Fully ventilated upper
  • Removable toe slider
  • Mesh interior to pass air through

Cons

  • Only includes malleolus protection on the medial side of the boot

5. UGGS Women’s Kesey

Most Comfortable Motorcycle Boots For Women

Material

Full-grain leather and wool

Closure Type

Laces

Shaft Length

7 inches

Sole

Rubber

Style

Casual/street

Part of riding your motorcycle is that you want to be comfortable and enjoy your ride. We chose the UGGS Women’s Kesey as the most comfortable motorcycle boots for women. If you aren’t going to be comfortable enough in your boots to ride safely, then they may not be worth buying at all.

This modern motorcycle boot is ideal for cooler climates since it includes a full leather and wool upper. The upper material is water-resistant, which makes it great for rain or snow. The closure system is designed with laces and a belt buckle style clasp on the side. The strap will hold the laces flat against the tongue of the shoe while riding. These motorcycle boots can be worn casually under a pair of pants or jeans. They are designed with a stylish woman in mind since they include the standard UGGS wool exterior.

We liked that these boots were water resistant since the warmer upper materials are ideal for cool or wet climates.

According to one female rider,

“I really like these boots. I bought them to wear on the motorcycle in So. Cal. They look stylish, are durable, and keep my feet warm.”

Pros

  • Water-resistant leather and wool upper
  • Interior wool liner to keep your feet warm
  • Comfortable or wearing either on or off the bike

Cons

  • Not ideal for warm or hot climates

6. Carlos Women’s Shiloh

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Most Stylish Motorcycle Boots For Women

Material

Fabric

Closure Type

Buckles

Shaft Length

5 inches

Sole

Synthetic

Style

Casual

With this option, we have another more casual fashion-oriented product for girls. We chose the Carlos Women’s Shiloh as the most stylish motorcycle boots for women. They come in a mid-length fabric upper with a small heel to keep our female riders up to date with the latest fashion trends.

These boots were created in tandem by Carlos Santana and Brown Shoe Company. They wanted to collaborate to create a functional yet stylish boot line for women. These motorcycle boots offer attitude and comfort in an ankle height package. They nicknamed this model the moto bootie, which is similar to its style. The synthetic fabric upper doesn’t offer a lot of breathability, so keep that in mind if you’re riding in hot weather. The enclosure system is made of a full zipper and two leather buckles. They come with a slight heel of ½ inch, so they’ll look good with almost any outfit.

We liked that the Carlos Santana line offered a stylish motorcycle boot with great mid-length protection. We thought that the inclusion of a small heel is an excellent addition for women riders who are looking to wear these to the office or out on the town.

Pros

  • ½ inch heel
  • Durable synthetic leather upper
  • Stylish design for going to work or going out

Cons

  • The synthetic sole is not as durable as a full rubber sole

7. Harley Davidson Women’s Mackey D87165

Best Waterproof Boots For Women

Material

Full-grain leather

Closure Type

Laces

Shaft Length

5 inches

Sole

Rubber compound

Style

Casual/street

A difficult part of riding motorbikes is getting caught in the rain. If you’re wearing the appropriate gear, then getting rained on isn’t nearly as bad. We chose the Harley Davidson Women’s Mackey as the best waterproof boots for women.

These boots are unique in this roundup because they are the most sneaker-like riding shoes that we have reviewed. They look like regular high-top sneakers, but they offer much more protection. They are made of a full-grain leather upper that is completely waterproof. There is also an interior mesh membrane called Hydro-Guard that keeps the water off your feet. Another unique feature is the 3M reflective patches that are placed on the boot and within the laces. You’ll be more likely to be seen by other motorists at night. PORON is also built into the ankles to provide extra protection during impact.

We thought that these women’s riding boots offered a comfortable sneaker-like option for everyday commuting wear. The addition of the reflective laces is a great protective feature that not many other companies thought of.

“I love my boots. They are very comfortable, stylish and they came with a second pair of strings!”

Pros

  • 3M reflective laces
  • Unique sneaker-style design
  • Completely waterproof

Cons

  • The sizing may run a little small

8. Harley Davidson Women’s Abbey

Best High Heel Motorcycle Boots

Material

Full-grain leather and suede

Closure Type

Buckles

Shaft Length

8 inches

Sole

Rubber

Style

Casual

Some of our female riders might be searching for a motorcycle boot that doesn’t make them look and feel like the terminator. They may be looking for a boot that will offer protection, but also show off a bit of sassy fashion. We chose the Harley Davidson Women’s Abbey as the best high heel motorcycle boots on the market.

These riding boots from Harley Davidson come with a full-grain leather and suede upper. The leather will keep your feet protected while the suede will offer a bit of style. It comes with a 5.5-inch shaft, which provides you full lateral and medial ankle protection. The heel on these boots measures about 3.5 inches, which is still easy to walk in. The closure system is held together by three embellished buckles and a full interior locking zipper. The heel is made of rubber, which will help you grip the footpegs and shift easily.

We liked that Harley Davidson was able to create a full heel motorcycle boot that will still protect all of the lady riders out there.

“These boots are exactly what I wanted."

We couldn’t agree more. If you’re looking for a heeled boot, then this is your best option. 

Pros

  • Great high heeled option for stylish female riders
  • Embellished buckles to offer a more glamorous design
  • Full-grain leather and suede upper

Cons

  • You may need to replace the sole with a thicker option

Women's Motorcycle Boots vs. Regular Boots

If you are an avid rider, then we highly recommend investing in a pair of motorcycle riding boots. While many people say that you can wear regular shoes for riding, our expert advice is to forego this option. Safety is the number one factor when riding a motorcycle, whether as a rider or passenger.

Normal shoes do not offer lateral and medial protection plates. One of the most common injuries from motorcycle crashes is a metatarsal impact injury. The best way to prevent this is to buy motorcycle boots since they have stiff soles to prevent your feet from rolling.


Women’s Motorcycle Boot Sizing Guide

Now that you’ve chosen a new riding boot, you should make sure that you get the perfect fit before taking them out on your motorcycle. Depending on the type of riding boot that you choose, you’ll need to take a few different measurements.

The first measurement can be done by placing your heel against a wall. Then, take a cloth measuring tape and measure from your heel to the tip of your big toe. If you plan to purchase high-length boots, then you should measure the area around your calf as well to ensure proper fitment. After you take your measurements, consult the motorcycle boot sizing guide for the brand that you want to purchase.

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Another thing to consider is the break-in time of your new motorcycle boots. Follow the steps below to ensure you break in your boots properly.

  1. 1
    Apply a leather conditioner to the boot upper.
  2. 2
    Flex the boot outsole and pull the inner components to stretch them out. This will help create a more natural fit.
  3. 3
    Wear the motorcycle boots around the house and when you go out for errands.
  4. 4
    Apply rubbing alcohol to the heel and toe box to treat the leather.

People Also Ask (FAQs)

What are the main differences between men’s and women’s motorcycle boots?

Men’s boots typically have wider insoles to allow for more space at the ball of the feet. They also have a larger opening at the calf area to account for bigger legs. Women’s boots have smaller arch insoles and smaller openings for the calf area.

What else should I wear to compliment my motorcycle riding boots?

There are loads of gear on the market for female riders to make their rides more enjoyable. The most important gear is a helmet, riding jacket, boots, goggles, and gloves.

How do you wear jeans with motorcycle boots?

Some of the boots on our list will fit easier with jeans than other models. Motocross and racing boots are difficult to fit under a pair of jeans since they come up quite high on the leg. Touring and casual riding boots can be worn with jeans by simply placing the pant leg over the laces or eve slightly tucking them in for a different look.

What’s the difference between riding and after riding boots?

Riding boots are typically designed to wear while you are riding your motorcycle. After riding boots are for more streetwear and are often called riding shoes.

What are the top leading brands of women’s motorcycle boots?

As you can see from our list of reviewed products, Alpinestars, O’Neal, and Harley Davidson lead the pack when it comes to women’s riding boots.

What maintenance steps are required for keeping motorcycle boots in good condition?

You should buy a good leather conditioner to rub on your boots after every ride. This will keep them clean and polished. It will also help keep the leather from cracking. You should air them out with an odor-absorbing material every once in a while to ensure they stay fresh. You should always store them in a cool and dry place when not in use.


Conclusion

In this buyer’s guide, we have tested and reviewed the best women’s motorcycle boots on the market. We have also provided tips and tricks to keep your boots clean and to help you ride safely.

In this roundup, we have chosen the number one pick as the Alpinestars Women’s Stella Tech 3. These boots feature the Aero buckle system and full TPU protection to keep you riding safely.