Harley Kicks Riding Season into High Gear with 2017 Spring Performance Footwear

Winter’s icy grip will soon loosen and spring riding, rallies and adventure will be on the minds of enthusiasts from coast to coast. Harley-Davidson is ready for riding season with a collection of performance-specific men’s and women’s footwear built for the open road.

Whether on the road daily or for weekend adventures, motorcycle enthusiasts have unique demands when it comes to performance footwear. Materials, durability and design are incredibly important parts of safety on the bike.

“Motorcycle riders require a higher level of protective features in their footwear to help keep them safe on the road,” said Amy Lovall, Wolverine’s product manager of the Harley-Davidson Footwear product line. “Each season we strive to create and innovate riding styles that blend performance, durability and design seamlessly. The Spring ’17 performance collection feature materials that provide enhanced durability with style elements that capture the motorcycle spirit.”

Performance standouts for spring include:

Harley-Davidson Richfield Boot

Harley-Davidson Richfield Boot

Built to withstand rough roads and riders that put their boots through the paces. The men’s Richfield is crafted with full-grain waterproof leather TecTuff abrasion-resistant overlays to improve durability in high-scuff areas. A lightweight and flexible Poron XRD liner on the ankle provides extreme impact protection, going rigid on impact to help protect from impact injuries. The 8 ½ inch lace-up also features a breathable Hydro-Guard waterproof membrane liner, allowing moisture out but never in to deliver dry feet for the duration of the ride. The Richfield features a Goodyear Welt construction, lightweight durable outsole and 3M reflective material to increase visibility in low-light conditions.

Harley-Davidson Women's Erica Boot

Harley-Davidson Women’s Erica Boot

The Erica takes style and protection to new heights this season. The six-inch lace-up boot features a three-inch heel and a fashion-forward lacing system highlighted by silver studs. Not about to sacrifice style for comfort, the boot is crafted with waterproof full-grain leather and lined with a Hydro-Guard™ waterproof breathable membrane, allowing water vapor out while holding the elements at bay. A locking YKK zipper on the outside of the boot allows for easy on and off while a buckle snap closure finishes this must-have spring silhouette in style.

Harley-Davidson Mansfield Boot

Harley-Davidson Mansfield Boot

The Mansfield’s classic engineer silhouette is made modern with performance enhancements built for serious riders. Crafted from full-grain leather, the 9 ½ inch boot features a lightweight and flexible polyurethane midsole with rubber street side delivering excellent abrasion and oil resistance and superior slip protection. The midsole features ShockAbsorbers Twin Pad comfort technology that cushions the foot and absorbs shock with each step guaranteeing increased comfort for long days on the bike, while a YKK locking inside zipper provides ease of wear for the rider.

Harley-Davidson Women's Bradbrook Boot in Brown

Harley-Davidson Women’s Bradbrook Boot in Brown

The refined silhouette of the woman’s Bradbrook blends the best in H-D style with performance construction for women riders everywhere. Crafted from durable and supple full-grain leather, the mid-height lace-up style features an inside YKK locking zipper with Velcro closure to protect the bike from scratches. Two engineer style buckles with gold hardware adorn the boot’s upper, while a rubber outsole delivers abrasion and slip-resistant protection on the road. Available in both black and brown silhouettes.

Harley-Davidson Parkwood Riding Shoe

Harley-Davidson Parkwood Riding Shoe

Souring summer temperatures still call for foot protection on the road. Designed with maximum ventilation in mind, the Parkwood was constructed with breathable materials including mesh to allow air flow and providing better breathability for hot feet. The men’s six-inch lace-up also features a lightweight cement construction and an abrasion, oil and slip-resistant rubber outsole.

These styles and more can be found at select Harley-Davidson dealerships this spring.

To locate the nearest dealer or to view the entire Harley-Davidson Footwear styles online, enthusiasts can visit harley-davidsonfootwear.com. You can also connect with Harley-Davidson Footwear on Facebook at facebook.com/harleydavidsonfootwear, Twitter @hd_footwear or on Instagram @hdfootwear. Like what you see? Tag us with #hdfootwear or #harleyboots.

Garage-Girls Ultimate Makeover Contest Winner

ubm-2014-mainCongrats to Chris Gibbany for winning the Garage-Girls’ 2014 Ultimate Biker Makeover contest! Chris competed for the grand prize along with 84 other contestants by writing a 600-word essay describing why she needs a Garage-Girls Ultimate Biker Makeover.

In Chris’ winning entry, she emphasized the various ways she has been “hunkering down” in life, a daily methodology so that she can put herself through school and provide herself with all the things she needed most. While she clocks plenty of miles on her Harley’s odometer, before the contest, Chris didn’t own a riding jacket. With the makeover, Chris received a ton more than just a jacket.

She’ll also be getting matching gloves and a helmet from Roland Sands Design and J&P Cycles, a revamped wardrobe full of shoes from Harley-Davidson Footwear, a cleaning kit from Wizards Products, a case of synthetic oil from Spectro Oils, clothing from Hijinx Apparel, a set of Avon tires, and a Mustang Motorcycle seat.

Read all about Chris’ big win by heading over to Garage-Girls.com.

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Harley-Davidson Footwear The Riddick Boot

7-36-3-RiddickIt’s officially summer! And Harley-Davidson Footwear has released some performance styles for the season, including the Riddick boot. Blending H-D’s classic design with modern performance, this 8″ lace-up boot features full-grain leather upper and outside air vent zippers for ventilation. In addition to PORON ankle protection and abrasion-resistant Tech-Tuff overlays, Riddick has an YKK locking inside zipper for easy wear. The Riddick boot offers durability and flexibility through its Goodyear welt construction and includes the H-D metal Bar & Shield logo. Info: Harley-Davidson Footwear, 866/699-7379, Harley-DavidsonFootwear.com.

Harley Davidson Motorcycle Footwear Laramie Boots

I don’t know about you, but when I’m OUT and about on a motorcycle, I rely more on my riding boots than any other piece of gear. And I expect real comfort on and off the bike.

I need my riding boots to be sturdy enough to handle good weather and bad. They must also offer above-ankle protection. I expect them not to slip on the brake pedal or the ground. It’s also important to me that they look good.

As an editor of a motorcycle magazine, I ride a lot of miles on many different motorcycles, and the last thing I want to do is find myself distracted by my boots. Knowing how important riding boots are, I try to keep mine in reasonable condition, but I don’t baby them. I have had great luck with Harley-Davidson boots and typically get two or three years of hard use out of them.

I like the look of the Laramie boots from Harley Footwear. They have a good thick rubber sole with plenty of grip on a wet or oily road surface, a decent look, and are tall enough to cover my ankles. I could do without the Harley Bar & Shield logo on the side and the Harley badges on the laces. I appreciate the zipper on the side of each boot making it easy to pull on or off, and the laces allow me to make the fit as snug or as loose as I like.

Some boots I test don’t make it a hundred miles before they get tossed, but these Laramie boots have already lasted more miles than that. I have found them comfortable all day long, on and off the bike, and they aren’t even fully broken in yet. I’ll miss my old boots, but think I am going to like these new Harley Laramie boots a lot. AIM

Visit your local dealer, www.Harley-DavidsonFootwear.com

Product Review By Buzz Kanter

Story as published in the June 2011 issue of American Iron Magazine.