Cortech The Freshman Riding Shoes
- Heavyweight canvas shell
- Rubberized synthetic toe cap
- 100% leather heel panel
- Reflective windows on outside heel
- TechnoGI thermoplastic molded heel cup and toe cap
- Dual-density molded and contoured ankle protectors
- Uni-directional anti-twist molded nylon midsole
- High-density rubber anti-slip rubber skate sole
- Medium density foam padding and polyester mesh lining
- Removable insole
- Metal eyelets
- Hipora® 3-layer waterproof, breathable membrane
- Includes both black and white laces
Read on for more details.
We found this shoe to be sized correctly for length, so choose the size you normally wear in a men’s shoe. The width is considered “D” or “normal”. If you are between sizes, I’d recommend choosing the smaller as we found the overall fit to be slightly generous.
Our Two Cents
The Freshman Riding Shoes by Cortech are a new 2019 design for all kinds of street riders. These shoes feature a waterproof liner and very substantial reinforcements which elevate these shoes above many.
Wow, I’m impressed with the overall “heft” of these new Cortech riding shoes. Normally when we see new shoes that “look” like these, we offer advice that they aren’t much more than ordinary sneakers, but these are surprisingly sturdy. There is plenty of reinforcement over the toe area and around the heel. And like most other riding shoes, these have armor inserts on either side of the ankles, but in this shoe, the ankle armor is large and is pre-cupped to be comfortable. The sole is more “ordinary”, but it does have some sort of stiffening in the arch, where most don’t.
The upper is a mix of canvas and leather which feels pretty sturdy. With either color choice, you get both black and white laces, so the color difference is really just the sole and the stitching. These shoes have a waterproof liner baked in behind the upper materials. The tongue is connected to the upper up to a height of about your ankle bone, so that will be the limit of the waterproofing. Shorter shoes like this become problematic in the rain since water will enter over the top of the boot unless you have just the right pant leg, but anyway, they are so equipped.
Overall, I’m a fan of this new shoe due to the rugged design and the reasonable price. I think these are better than most I’ve seen. :: Paul, 09-11-19
Cortech says: Take everything you love about your favorite canvas high-tops, add profuse amounts of protection, waterproofing, and extra comfort features, and you have just described “The Freshman” riding shoe. This shoe may be “The Freshman” but is definitely not a “Chuck”.