Though fairly unknown here, the Italian brand Stylmartin has been in the business of motorcycle footwear since 1979. Its fame culminated in the 1990s, when its riding boots could be seen on some of the top riders of the era.
Today, Stylmartin still produces riding footwear. Though it has shifted from its focus from the track to the street, its shoes are still classic in style and sturdy in make.
This review of the Stylmartin Colorado feels like a happy coincidence. My trusty touring boots are cracking and crumbling from years of use. So it’s good timing that I got to review this P9,950 pair, which Ride Manila carries along with other Stylmartin models.
The shoes look like your average pair of high-style high-tops. So, how do they fare for riding?
Keep reading to find out.
Designed to look like a worn pair of sneakers, the light, distressed look will hit different depending on who’s buying. Some will like it, while others won’t care for it. I didn’t mind it so much, since it let me skip the keep-it-pristine phase of wearing new shoes.
According to the box, the shoe colors are cognac and white. The dark brown sections on the toe vamp and above the heel cup match the description. The uppers are a tan suede, while the heel cup, midsole, and eyestays are creamy white. As a package, the earthy palette blends and keeps the shoe understated but pleasing to look at.
Figuring out shoe sizes can be tricky for motorcycle shoes, since every brand has their own thing going. The Stylmartin Colorados run true to size. I normally wear a European size 37, and the same size on the Stylmartin fit perfectly.
When you walk, the Colorados feel like a stiff sneaker, and they will probably stay this way for more protection. But the inside is roomy, and the suede sides are pliable. The soles are also comfortable and flat, ready for hours of walking.
For riding, the Stylmartin Colorado has no break-in period—just put them on and go. The reinforced toe area offers great leverage for solid upshifts. There’s no discomfort after hours of riding, and the shoes stay cool because of the breathable lining and thin, narrow tongue.
The only thing I’d change with the Colorados is how they’re laced. The shoes come with straight lacing which tidies up the look, but makes adjusting the fit fiddly. Taken with the shoes’ other features, it’s not even a slight deal breaker.
Casual riding shoes can’t just look the part. The Colorado has an all-leather upper, a sign of a quality motorcycle shoe. It’s treated for water resistance, helping the shoes last through light rain.
The toe cap and heel cup feel rigid to the touch., as the leather there feels reinforced for added impact protection. The anti-slip rubber sole is grippy on the road, and it has already helped me catch myself on balance. And you can’t skip ankle protection—these shoes have polyurethane inserts in the inner and outer side of the ankle for impact protection.
The Stylmartin Colorado are what street riding shoes should always be: casual, comfy, and stylish. You can walk and ride in these all day and they’ll come close to the comfort of your favorite Chucks. Match them with a pair of riding jeans, and enjoy your ride.
Specs: Stylmartin Colorado riding shoes
Type: Street riding shoes