Sport-style boots with sport-minded protection don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. The Joe Rocket Superstreet boots are proof of that.
Starting at $129.99, the Superstreets have a water-resistant split-grain leather upper, complemented by injection molded poly reinforcements at the heels and ankles. The leather is firm, giving the boots a bit of a rigid feel at first but they break in nicely over the course of a few weeks of regular use.
The flex zones fore and aft of the ankle do allow flexion straight away though, so gear shifts and rear braking never proved an issue.
Even after they’re worn in a bit, they still provide reliable support above the ankle thanks to the full length zipper and Velcro cover closures. These aren’t race fit though, so the seal at the top of the padded cuff isn’t tight, but a comfortable middle ground between being too loose and too form fit.
Size wasn’t spot on for me though. I chose to go up to 11 from my normal 10.5 and the boots did feel a bit too large, particularly in the length of the toe box. There was just too much space between the end of my toes and the end of the boot. If you’re a half size I would recommend dropping down instead of sizing up.
But even with a bit too much room, manipulating the controls was never a problem. The rubber gearshift pad is generously sized and has additional textured elements on the top for reliable grip. The toe box is low-profile as well, so fit top to bottom is comfortable.
The interior has mesh lining and is well-padded, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s plush. If you’re in the market for a cozy, snug and soft interior the Superstreet boots are going to fall a bit short.
They’re also secured well from the elements, meaning on really hot days your feet won’t have much opportunity to breathe. That never became an issue for me however since weather was cold (mornings) to average warmth for spring/early summer., making them a great choice if you’re riding in such climates. These boots do a fine job keeping colder air and moderate moisture out as well, so if you’re in a more temperate region they can definitely be a three-season option. They’re water-resistant though, so swap for a different set if you’re facing serious downpours.
The non-slip sole performs as expected, with sure grip on the pegs and asphalt.
Other touches of note include the removable, replaceable toe sliders and double stitching throughout. Elements that contribute to peace of mind if you expect to put them through a beating.
The sport style is a little less than casual, so may not appeal to some as an all day, on/off bike boot. But they’re definitely comfortable enough to take on a walk or wear around the office on a casual Friday.
Personally, I like the look of the Superstreets. The faux carbon fiber material in the flex zones, the patterns of the leather panels and incorporation of hard protection flow together well. It’s an aggressively styled riding boot that hits above its price point in terms of looks.
All told the Joe Rocket Superstreet boots provide good protection, sport-style and a light price tag. It’s hard to argue with that combination.