If you don’t like faff, these short boots will be right up your street.
Well made, with good stitching, comfort and fit, these Oxford Warrior boots really excel at letting you get them off and on. Two full-length zips create a ‘tongue’, and the front of the boot peels forward to permit the easiest insertion and extraction of the foot that I’ve experienced in a long time.
Behind the zips the waterproof membrane (which encapsulates the whole boot), forms an expandable and wholly impermeable layer. This means that even though the zips are forward facing any driving rain which may ingress won’t reach your foot. And that’s not just the theory as I’ve had the joy of riding through thunderstorms and on persistently wet days.
The ease of use these Warrior boots offer when pulling them on extends to the way they can sit beneath any riding trousers or jeans. They are a snug fit around the lower calf but there are subtle stretch panels to accommodate the chunkiest of lower legs.
Of course this short and convenient length does limit the amount of river fording you may do, but if you are planning excessive off-roading you will doubtless want something chunkier and taller anyway. Apart from that you’ll find just about every other facet you’d need in a commuter or touring boot: flexible padded instep and heel, reinforced ankle protector and a grippy sole which provides sure-footedness when coming to rest and will suit any amount of walking off the bike as well. There is loads of under-foot support for all day wear and yet the overall height of the boot isn’t excessive, such that gear up-shifts aren’t impacted.
With their tough leather upper and quality zips, one of the most surprising things about these Oxford Warrior boots is the price. Oxford have managed to produce another sterling product and yet price-match far inferior garments, which is another thing that appeals. I’m growing more fond of these by the day and they seem to be coming even more comfortable as the miles roll by. I’ve even found myself polishing them!
Sizes 7 – 13 (UK) 36 – 47 (EU)
Review by Paddy Tyson