BMW RIDE Sneakers TestBMW’s new RIDE sneakers answer the need for a safe riding boot that looks good and is comfortable while also offering protection and ventilation. The BMW RIDE Sneakers are the successor to the X and X² sneakers, and are substantially better in many ways. The BMW RIDE motorcycle sneakers are cut to mid-ankle, and the sole – which looks like an ordinary sneaker except for the BMW Boxer engine pattern tread – features the same protection expected from a motorcycle boot.Torsional rigidity is also good, and the toe cap is quite stiff. The same goes for the heel area, which is strong and built with a curved cup. The ankles have curved plastic caps for protection, which are lined with a gel padding on the inside. With plenty of padding and reinforced construction, the BMW RIDE Sneakers are strong enough to be certified according to DIN EN 13634:2010 standards – as are most popular full-sized boots from BMW.
The BMW RIDE is available only in the ever-popular German gray-beige color combination. Construction is perforated suede on the side insert sections and tongue, with waxed suede in other areas for support. They vent well in warm weather and the lining is hi-viz green that peeks out at the top of the boot.The RIDE is built with typical laces from toe-cap to top, but the laces are only for dialing in your foot width and snugging them down. Getting them on and off is easy and accomplished via a zipper that extends from the instep to the boot top.The sole insert is removable and designed to enhance air circulation. The BMW RIDE Sneakers are true to my usual size 45, and quite comfortable. I wore them throughout a recent weekend of riding and walking without any comfort issues. They go especially well with riding jeans that have narrow cuffs, or BMW’s new Rider Pants, which are slim cut at the bottom.Consider the BMW RIDER Sneakers when you plan your next short trip or urban ride, especially if there will be some walking to do mid-ride, as they are nice to wear when stomping around. It was enjoyable riding with such lightweight footwear yet feeling safeguarded in the process.The BMW RIDE Sneakers cost $199; for additional information, visit BMW Motorrad.