No matter how you slice it, women riders are still motorcycling underdogs. For years, I wore men’s boots because women’s styles just weren’t available. I’m talking about real riding boots with reinforced, sturdy waterproof material; ankle protection and non skid soles. All I found on the women’s shelves were boots with ridiculously high heels and frilly adornments. Recently, the options for real riding boots for women have gotten better. I’ve always liked Harley-Davidson’s footwear, the largest line of style options by far. But even it was lacking for discerning riders like me until last April when the company finally addressed us as real riders with its 100-percent waterproof riding boot, named Hennie. I was one of the first to try them out.
An attractive combination of full-grain leather and mesh textile upper, along with deep sole treads, make the Hennie appear like a cross between a combat boot and a hiking boot. Note that these boots run a half or a whole size large. Tightening the laces helps achieve a perfect fit over the foot, but for easy on-and-off, I use the inside ankle zippers. A Velcro flap at the top of the zipper secures the pull and provides a good fit around the calf. The Hennie’s 7″ shaft goes well beyond the ankle, but not so far that it’s difficult to get them on under pant legs.
The boot’s 1-3/4″ of heel height suits me well, as it doesn’t interfere with the ability to adjust my foot position on footpegs like higher heeled boots do. The nonslip rubber outsole is durable for walking as well as riding. Fitted with a full-length, cushioned sock lining, these boots are comfortable enough to wear all day. In fact, the Hennies have been elevated to top riding boot status in my wardrobe. No longer do I need to bring along a waterproof pair or a comfortable walking shoe. I just wear the Hennies and have everything I need in one boot. —Tricia Szulewski
Originally printed in RoadBike magazine, March, 2010
Hard Data: Harley-Davidson Footwear, Women’s Hennie Boots, $140, 866/699-7379, www.Harley-DavidsonFootwear.com