Bates Footwear has announced a new range of motorcycle shoes targeted at sportbike and touring riders for use on the street. Bates Footwear has long been a manufacturer of protective footwear for the military and police and have also offered a motorcycle range for cruiser riders since 2012.
Bates Footwear was inspired to launch the Bates Moto brand when they began manufacturing boots for motorcycle-mounted law enforcement officers. The Bates Moto line incorporates the latest advancements in high tech materials like Poron XRD impact absorbing foam, a lightweight and flexible foam that is capable of dissipating up to 90% of impact energy. Molded TPU protectors, XRD ankle protection, breathable waterproof membrane lining, abrasion resistant leather and nylon fibers and reinforced stitching mean the shoes put safety first.
But thankfully, the range of shoes actually looks pretty good. Until recently, it’s been difficult for riders to find shoes that not only offer protection but looked decent enough to walk around the local supermarket without appearing to be a storm trooper. There will initially be two lines of footwear – Speed and Street and two shoes will be available in each line.
The SP500 Adrenaline offers the highest level of protection, with features like Poron XRD ankle protection to dissipate impact energy, abrasion resistant leather, and an oil and slip resistant rubber outsole for maximum grip. Comfort features like a waterproof lining and cushioned insert make this the perfect boot for sport, touring and adventure riders. The SP500 Beltine boot combines abrasion resistant leather with breathable nylon panels, making it the ideal leather boot for summer riding.
For the street, the ST250 Marauder features an aggressive urban style, while still incorporating protective elements like a molded heel counter and TPU toe protection. An internal midsole system and waterproof lining make the Marauder an option for walking the city streets once the ride is done. Finally, the ST250 Taser is a lightweight boot with a slim design whilst still offering many of the same protective features found in SP500 boots.
No word on pricing yet, but the range will go on sale in Spring of this year.