Alpinestars J-Cult Drystar Riding Shoes
- Lightweight, street-styled upper combining full grain leather and elastic synthetic material on collar for enhanced comfort, durability and look.
- DRYSTAR® membrane layered between upper and lining for unsurpassed, 100% waterproof all-weather performance.
- Tongue in full grain leather for enhanced comfort, durability and luxurious feel.
- Traditional lace closure system for easy, secure and comfortable fit.
- Dual density ankles protectors are applied between the upper and padded lining to provide the strategic protection and flexibility in key areas.
- Heat-press logos give an exclusive and understated look.
- Embossed areas highlight the shoe’s protective components and give a balanced dynamic style at the riding shoe.
- Thin and smooth tongue provides high levels of comfort and fit around the instep.
- Elastic collar provides improved levels of a personalized and comfortable fit.
- Replaceable anatomical EVA footbed with Lycra lining on top.
- Internal toe box and heel counter reinforcement is layered under the upper for more ergonomic design.
- Rubber compound cup sole molded to the upper to offer stability, grip, and support and to provide a good walking comfort.
- The J-CULT DRYSTAR® shoe is CE-certified to EN 13634:2010.
We tried on a selection of sizes in the Faster shoe and found them to fit true to size, so our advice is to choose the size you normally wear in street shoes. The width is “medium” or C/D.
Note: In past years, we found Alpinestars riding shoes to fit small by about one size, so we are pleased that the new 2019 styles fit more true to size.
Our Two Cents
The J-Cult Drystar Riding shoes are a new variant from Alpinestars of a high top leather sneaker made for riding. These are very similar in construction and features as the J-6 waterproof riding shoe, but these are a slick leather version rather than a suede finish.
I like the combination of solid leather and perforated panels on the side. It gives the shoes some interest of design. The while sole looks good and I think would make a nice casual shoe with jeans.
Like the J-6, this J-Cult is marketed as a “riding shoe” and I honestly don’t see a lot here that lends itself to protection on a bike. There isn’t any reinforcement in the heel or toe area and the sole isn’t reinforced either. There are armor discs built into the shoe on either side of the ankle, but that’s really about it. I’d recommend this shoe for just street/personal use, or maybe for light duty riding. I’m not saying these aren’t nice shoes, but rather I just don’t see them as being acceptable protection for motorcycling.
I’m wondering about the inclusion of a waterproof liner in this shoe. Maybe it’s just as easy to make them with the liner as without, but with a short shoe like this, the waterproof liner won’t do a lot since water will easily come into the shoe from the top or in front behind the laces. And the leather used in this shoe is very nice, but wouldn’t play nice with wet weather. I really think you’d ruin them quickly to use them repeatedly in the rain. :: Paul, 12-11-18
Alpinestars says: A lightweight, street-styled casual riding shoe that features class-leading protective features, the J-Cult Shoe incorporates Alpinestars DRYSTAR® waterproof membrane and compound rubber sole for excellent performance in wet weather.