2006 Vendramini VR700 Race Steel Boots

Vendramini VR700 Race Steel

Although they're not exactly new, Vendramini's VR700 Race Steel boots deserve recognition just for the sheer amount of big-think that's gone into them. The Italian boot-maker pulled out all the stops for these: They're made of 1.8-2.0mm double-tanned leather, and utilize carbon-fiber-and-kevlar inserts at the heel and toe, a fine steel-mesh reinforcement at high-stress areas, an anti-crush sole insert that Vendramini says can withstand 400 lb. of lateral force, a claimed waterproof lining, an Outlast phase-change lining--and still more. The VR700 boots are available in black or silver, in European sizes 38 to 46, and retail for $479. www.bikerworldusa.com, (631) 234-1114