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Alpinestars Faster Shoes

  • Aggressively profiled upper is constructed from a superbly lightweight, durable and abrasion-resistant microfiber
  • Performance padding on tongue and collar provides high levels of comfort and fit around the ankle and instep
  • Advanced textile lining features microfiber suede insert on heel to prevent the foot from slipping
  • Secure, personalized closure fit thanks to lacing system and adjustable Velcro® strap across lower shin. Velcro® straps are tipped with PU for grip and ease of closure
  • Double density TPU ankle protector disks are layered under the upper and backed by foam padding
  • External TPR toe slider and external ankle guard help protect against abrasion and knocks
  • Microfiber shift pad is backed by foam padding and features textured debossing for better grip on bike’s controls
  • Internal toe box and heel counter are layered under the upper for structure and ergonomic design
  • Ultra-lightweight and flexible rubber compound sole features laser-ablated, textured patterning for excellent grip
  • PU midsole on the heel area for comfort features integrated steel shank for enhanced sole rigidity
  • Removable and replaceable EVA and Lycra® foot-bed is anatomically profiled for added comfort and support
  • Flex insert on Achilles heel provides riding comfort and maneuverability on and off the bike
  • Hi-Vis reflective panel on rear improves visibility to other road users

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Sizing Information

Most Alpinestars street shoes like this run small, and this one does too. In fact, we think it runs one full size small as compared to a normal street shoe fit. Our best advice would be to order one size bigger than you normally wear in a street shoe. If you are using Nike sneakers as a reference, which also run about a half size small, you can add about 1/2 size to whatever you buy in a Nike shoe.

Our Two Cents

I’m reviewing the Alpinestars Faster Shoe and also the Faster Vented Shoe. So what is different? Well, if you look at the close-up pics of each shoe (take the “View Larger Images link on each product page), you will see they are identical except that the vented version has a large tight-weave mesh panel on the outside of the foot and for the tongue of the shoe that will allow a lot of ventilation. On the “regular” version those panels are made of the same faux leather material (non vented of course) as other parts of the shoe. Also on the vented shoe, other materials appear to be perforated (although the perfs are non-functional). So to choose between the two will depend upon climate and your preference for having an “airy” design or not. So what is similar? Well, both designs are more or less a moto inspired street shoe design. They are both super sporty looking and very sharp, however don’t confuse these shoes with something that will be protective against abrasion or impact in case of a fall off a motorcycle. Alpinestars lists several features as if they’d help in this regard, but when you touch and feel the shoes, you’ll agree with me that they should be used for VERY light motosport use or just for knocking around. The soles are very thin (for styling purposes mostly), there is no solid shank, the toe box is basically just upper material with no reinforcement and the ankle protection is really not substantial enough to be of help in a crash. The area you see where the toe slider would be on a race boot is a thin rubber overlay. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking this shoe, I’m just telling you that it isn’t protective. So buy it for everyday street use and you’ll be happy and stylin’! :: Paul, 04-03-14

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