Alpinestars Old Recon Boots

  • Synthetic Cordura and coated leather upper
  • Internal support is provided by an injection-molded PU ankle brace designed to support and protect the heel and ankle
  • Internal toe counter is layered under the leather
  • Adjustable hook-and-loop straps and lacing system for custom, secure closure and fit
  • Injected high-modulus polypropylene midsole follows the shape of the foot and features a structured shank reinforcement
  • Waterproof inner bootie
  • Instep and Achilles flex zones for superior comfort
  • Removable anatomic footbed and multi-density EVA padding
  • Alpinestars exclusive vulcanized compound sole with unique side wrapping design

Note on Availability: This style is still considered “current” although no more are in production. Use the drop down menu below to view the size selections currently available for ordering.

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Sizing Information

These boots are sold in US sizes (and half sizes), so choose the size you normally would wear in a US street shoe. The width of the boots is D (which is considered to be a “normal” width). The boots seem to fit much like a hiking boot and the instep can be adjusted with laces. These boots are sold in US sizes, but below is the conversion to European sizing that is given on the box:

US Euro
6 -
6.5 -
7 -
8.5 41
9 42
9.5 42.5
10 43
10.5 43.5
11 44
11.5 46
12 47
12.5 48
13 -
14 -

Our Two Cents

The Black Label Recon boots remind me of paratrooper boots with the combination of leather (or could be synthetic leather) and Cordura. Laces make for a custom fit in the instep area and while lace boots can be a hazard for motorcyclists, these boots have a wide Velcro-close flap that will keep the lace ends from winding up in your machinery. Take the “View Larger Pictures” link above to see what I mean and to see this boot’s other features. I like the overall look and feel of this boot. They are kind of stiff as new, but I think with some patience, they’d break in nicely. One complaint: I don’t like the laces on this boot. They are a woven material and made in such a way that they have sort of a curly shape and hang up on the eyelets badly. But laces are cheap and hopefully the boots would far outlast a set of laces anyway and a person could get some laces more suitable for the eyelets. One note on waterproofness: the manufacturer advertises these boots as waterproof, but the tongue of the boot is not attached to the upper above the ankle, so if you encounter water higher than a tennis shoe, it will come in all around the tongue.

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