TCX X-WAVE WP SHOE

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This un­der­stated-look­ing rid­ing shoe is quite the sleeper. Hid­den un­der what looks to be a plain black pair of leather high-top sneak­ers lies some rather high-tech footwear tech­nol­ogy. TCX has been mak­ing road­race and tour­ing boots for what seems like for­ever, but the com­pany is now get­ting into the rid­ing shoe mar­ket with both feet.

The X-wave WP starts with full-grain leather con­struc­tion backed with a flex­i­ble wa­ter­proof mem­brane (the WP stands for “wa­ter­proof”) mak­ing the boots im­per­vi­ous to the el­e­ments. TCX also did a great job of mak­ing the X-wave slim and trim even though they have some se­ri­ous heel and toe pro­tec­tive re­in­force­ments hid­ing within them.

When I first re­ceived the boots I laced them up and they im­me­di­ately felt like I had been wear­ing the X-wave for weeks. This, as we all know, is a rare oc­cur­rence when it comes to rid­ing footwear. I went for a 100-mile test ride min­utes af­ter get­ting them on and no­ticed a few things about the Ce-ap­proved X-wave shoes. The sole of this boot/shoe is a firm yet pli­able rub­ber that works on wet or dry sur­faces with­out fail. This shoe also has a good deal of an­kle pro­tec­tion and re­in­force­ment, but it in no way im­pedes any sort of com­fort when shift­ing/brak­ing or just walk­ing around all day, which you can in these shoes.

Yes, the X-wave does have a cou­ple things that give it away as a Euro boot, such as the red ac­cents and faux vin­tage leather fin­ish treat­ment, but all in all when a pair of jeans are cuffed to the an­kle, they look just like a pair of nor­mal ev­ery­day high-tops sim­i­lar to the Vans Sk8-hi shoe or all-black leather Converse, but they of­fer much more pro­tec­tion with­out look­ing like a big-ass clunky pair of boots. HB

“WHEN A PAIR OF JEANS ARE CUFFED TO THE AN­KLE, THEY LOOK JUST LIKE A PAIR OF NOR­MAL EV­ERY­DAY HIGH-TOPS SIM­I­LAR TO THE VANS SK8-HI SHOE OR ALL-BLACK LEATHER CONVERSE, BUT THEY OF­FER MUCH MORE PRO­TEC­TION WITH­OUT LOOK­ING LIKE A BIG-ASS CLUNKY PAIR OF BOOTS.”

$149 // TCXBOOTS.COM

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