Having purchased a pair of TCX Street Ace boots almost 3 years ago and worn them every time I’ve been out on the bike as well as wearing them when I’m on foot, I feel I’m well placed to write this review.
If you are a fan of retro motorcycles, then you want boots that have the looks in keeping with your ride while also providing protection to your feet.
Let’s face it – as retro motorcycle riders it’s important for us to be able to look good while we are riding. Otherwise we’d all be riding about on a boring but practical BMW R1200 GS.
Thankfully, the TCX Street Ace Motorcycle Boots look both phenomenal and function extremely well.
SIMULTANEOUSLY STYLISH AND FUNCTIONAL
One of the first things that I noticed about the TCX Street Ace is that they are stylish. These are a really sleek boot and they look as retro as possible without sacrificing performance.
Some of the motorcycle boots on the market that focus on performance will be lacking in the style department and those that are all about fashion might not function too well. This is not the case here and TCX have done an excellent job of finding a perfect balance.
The Street Ace boots are extremely comfortable to wear. The leather is really soft yet has reinforcing at the foots weak points. Motorcycle boots need to feel comfortable while riding and these certainly pass the test but you can also be on your feet in them all night with none of the usual problems associated with motorcycle boots.
I’ve done plenty of miles in these as well as wearing them for trips out on foot. As you can see from the photos they’ve had a few knocks and scuffs but they are still performing brilliantly and they’re even more comfortable than they were when new.
Worn with a pair of jeans they look like regular casual boots.
They were my choice of footwear each night I went down to the beer tent during last years TT festival simply because of their comfort. The nearest thing I have as comfortable to these is a pair of Nike trainers and they’re useless in mud and rain.
And boy, did it rain! We got a downpour pretty much every day during TT2019 apart from the Thursday and Senior race day so these boots were on my feet the full 2 weeks of TT even though the bike never left the shed.
I have been caught out several times in the rain and the TCX Street Ace motorcycle boots haven’t let me down.
They feature a lining that so far seems to be completely waterproof. Anyone who rides a motorcycle in a UK type climate should consider these boots due to their overall practicality.
REINFORCEMENTS IN APPROPRIATE AREAS
One thing that you need to know about these boots is that they are made to be reinforced in certain areas. They feature reinforcements around the malleolus area as well as the toe and the heel. This helps to keep your feet and ankles safe should you take a slide down the tarmac.
WEAR-RESISTANT RUBBER SOLE
You will also be pleased to hear that thesy have been designed with a wear-resistant rubber sole which is replaceable. This means that they should last for a long time even when like me you wear them regularly.
These motorcycle boots have proven to be a great buy and they look really nice too. If you are a motorcyclist who is concerned about both functionality and fashion, then these TXC Street Ace are going to really appeal to you. They are durable enough to stand up to regular use while being nice enough that you wouldn’t feel out of place wearing them around town once you have parked up.
When I purchased mine they were only available in the one colour. They have become so popular with retro riders that TCX have now released them in an Anthracite grey and a Black version.
TCX is an Italian company that have been making motorcycle boots since 1999. I like the fact they haven’t expanded into other areas like most other motorcycle gear manufacturers.
Their focus on nothing but motorcycle boots shines through and while it was the looks that first attracted me to TCX I will definitely be sticking with the brand when I buy my next pair.
I have no problem recommending these TCX Street Ace if you are in the market for a new pair of boots.
ALTERNATIVES TO CONSIDER
As great as these TCX boots are, you still might want to consider some alternatives. Have a look at these Cafe Racer boots by Stylmartin.
STYLMARTIN MEN’S ACE CAFE RACER MOTORCYCLE BOOTS
These motorcycle boots are very comfortable overall and they also look really nice. Like the TCX they are made in Italy and the design oozes Italian styling.
If you choose to go with these boots, then you will be getting boots that feel good to wear in all but the very cold winter months.
Thanks to being breathable boots they are particularly suited to the warm Summer months as they will help keep your feet nice and cool while keeping them dry should you get caught in a shower.
You will also find these boots make use of an anti-slip sole to keep you from having accidents when placing your feet.
Overall, these are super stylish and most people love them from a visual perspective alone. They stand up favourably to the TCX Street Ace boots and some might prefer these.
They are made out of natural full-grain leather and have been crafted to look as good as possible. They also come with a matching removable gear change protector which is a nice touch. Once you get to your destination you can remove it and you would be hard pushed to tell they were motorcycle boots.
When you factor in the price difference, these Italian boots might not be as good value as the TCX Street Ace boots. It really comes down to what you want out of a pair of motorcycle boots. These are great boots but whether they are worth the extra money when compared to the price of the TCX Street Ace boots is up to you to decide.