Finding boots that offer good protection and all-day comfort is no easy task. Common offerings run the gamut from bright repli-racer kicks to little more than high-top sneakers. Italian footwear producer TCX has come up with a great compromise with its X-Cube all-purpose shoe-boots.
The X-Cube is a medium-high boot with a flexible chassis composed of suede and TCX's Air Tech material. Protection comes in the form of soft padding and polyurethane hard armor around the ankle; not comprehensive coverage but sufficient to provide confidence for commuting and casual weekend rides. A water-resistant liner gives some weather protection, and worked well to keep my feet dry during a 30-minute ride in the rain. Fitment is accomplished via a speed-lace system covered by a Velcro flap for added security.
The X-Cubes were a bit stiff out of the box, but broke-in nicely after just a couple days' use. The one-pull lace system makes taking the boots on and off quick and easy, but the Cubes have proven so comfortable that I've gotten into the habit of wearing them all day. The boots are very light and the soles are thin enough to allow good feel on the pegs and road surface, and make for comfortable walking. There's no ventilation per se, yet they never felt hot even in 85-degree temps. Chalk it up to the Air Tech fabric.
Thus far, the TCXs have proven wonderfully comfortable and suitably safe for daily riding. The fact that they're as good off the bike as they are on is an added bonus.
TCX X-Cube Boots
Contact: Helmet House
Verdict 4 stars out of 5
Not quite boots but more than shoes, the X-Cubes offer good protection and true walking comfort.