Trickers Riding boots in black (ML030)
Product InformationThis is the third year in a row that we will have worked on a motorcycle boot with famed Northampton bootmaker Tricker's. Tricker's is an institution. The business was founded in 1829 by Joseph Tricker, who established the company as the bootmaker of choice for farm estate owners and the landed gentry. By the 1920s, the Tricker's gentleman's boot had reached the classic form by which it is still so recognisable today. All the boots we have collaborated with Tricker's on have been seven-eyelet derbies. The boots come with a half-bellows tongue and a storm welt for extra warmth and comfort.
This year we are working with Tricker's on two different boots. Both are based loosely on the company's iconic Malton boot. The chocolate brown boot is very similar to last year's boot in that it has three speed hooks for easy lacing, a shearling-lined ankle for comfort, and a Commando sole.
As it did last year, the boot has a specially-shaped, brogue'd, gear change pad, waterproof treated leather and a rugged, Goodyear welted sole. And although it's not a motorbiking boot, per se, it has a wooden shank in the sole to prevent twisting. The second boot is one we've been asked for by a number of clients. Externally, it will look just like the brown version, but it comes in a polishable, black leather that is nonetheless waterproof-treated. The boot will also have a smoother, more refined Dainite sole. What it won't have is the shearling lined ankle. We have a number of clients who bike into the City or who work in offices, and what they wanted was a boot they could ride in, and then work in all day.
We're making two styles of boot this year, but the quantities we are making will still be tiny, less than 100 pairs overall. As has happened in the last two years, we expect the boots will sell out quite swiftly. What we do have to reiterate is that these are not, in any technical sense, proper motorcycle boots. They are not CE approved, and the leather roundels at the ankles are more about decoration than protection. This having been said, these are amazing boots. If Tricker's seriously wanted to get into motorcycling, we have no doubt that they would sail through the CE test regime. Many so-called, CE approved boots these days are actually barely more protective than a pair of trainers. By comparison with such boots, our Tricker's boots are ........; well actually they're not comparable! These boots are made from the finest, waterproof MC leather. They are made in Northampton entirely by hand, by time-served craftsmen. And if looked after properly, you can expect them to last a lifetime.
I have worn Tricker's since I was a boy. They may take a week or so to break in, but once they have been worn, and start to take on the shape of your feet, there is quite literally nothing that is as comfortable to wear. All we can say is that if you appreciate fine craftsmanship, traditional values, classic design and the kind of timeless elegance that is the hallmark of gentlemen the world over, then this is a boot you can wear on a motorcycle with the greatest of confidence.
Not all boots are born equal. And most certainly our Tricker's boots are the aristocrats of motorcycle footwear. Read our review on Trickers Riding boots.
- Storm Welted Commando Stitched Sole
- Fully Leather Lined
- Leather Insoles
- Half Bellows Tongue