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The Alpines­tars J-8 doesn’t claim to be a rid­ing boot. If you want the ul­ti­mate in foot pro­tec­tion, Alpines­tars pro­tects the feet of Mo­togp rid­ers who crash at 200 mph. What I love the J-8 for is ev­ery­day rid­ing back and forth to work or for quick trips around town. It’s more about when I get off the bike that I want some­thing that is com­fort­able and doesn’t have me look­ing like Cy­borg ready for bat­tle.

The J-8 is a breath­able rid­ing shoe that keeps your laces from go­ing hay­wire, are per­fo­rated for cool pig­gies, and has an in­ter­nal toe box and heel counter re­in­force­ment. The pre­vi­ous ver­sion was only avail­able in loud col­ors that had most peo­ple say­ing, “Next!” These all-black ver­sions are as cool as night, and if you don’t want some added flair you can get them with op­tional brown or red ac­cents.

I put more than 5,000 miles on the pre­vi­ous ver­sions, and I’m con­fi­dent the J-8s will spread the $159.95 price of ad­mis­sion over sev­eral rides. If you’re look­ing for some­thing bet­ter than sneak­ers but more com­fort­able than a boot, the Alpines­tars J-8 might be the Cin­derella you’ve been look­ing for.

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