Forma Hyper Boots
- CE Certified quality
- Full grain leather upper
- DRYTEX® lining (Waterproof/Breathable)
- Anti-slip Rubber sole
- Internal ankle protection
- External plastic heel protection
- Reinforced internal heel and toe protection
- ZIP closure with Lace adjustment
- TPU Dual Flex with anti-shock EVA mid-sole
- Anti-bacterial replaceable insole
- High quality – 100% European production
We tried on a selection of Forma boots here in the office and found the length to be about right. The width on the boots is a touch more wide than most other brands we carry. Alpinestars and TCX tend to be the most wide, but these might even be a touch wider. I’d say they are a D to E and might even work for somebody with a slightly wider foot (but don’t get carried away and think they are wide enough for a person needing a EEE or wider). So my advice would be to use the chart below to choose a size based upon your US shoe size.
Forma offers advice on choosing a size from your foot measurement. Here’s how:
1) Measure the overall length of your foot. Forma recommends placing your heel against a wall and measuring from the wall to the end of your longest toe.
2) Add 3/4” to the length of your foot
3) Using Forma’s sizing chart below, choose the smallest size boot with an insole measurement that is at least the length of your foot plus 3/4”.
Use Forma’s size selection method as a “second opinion”. Maybe you’ll find it reassuring if it matches your size choice based on street shoe size or, maybe it could be a tie breaker if you are undecided between two sizes. FWIW, Forma’s advice didn’t work for me since I have relatively short toes. I wear a 45 (known from trying on) and this method put me in a 42.
|Internal Insole Measurement|
Our Two Cents
The Forma Hyper boots are another choice among the MANY “sneaker boots” (as I call them) which have become very popular in the last year or two. I can see the appeal…. the shoes are very comfortable much like light hiking boots and most have some protective features not found on ordinary street shoes. And this style of boot is perfectly usable anywhere…. not just on the bike. Personally, I wear a pair of the TCX X-Groove boots on cold or wet days all day in the office. They are very much like these boots and are super comfortable.
I thumbed though our offering of similar boots and I’ll tell you what I like about this boot: it’s more than just a sneaker… it does have significant protection on either side of the ankle and the heel is well reinforced. The toe is only so-so…. there is a reinforcement there, but it’s not like a touring boot. It will probably work fine for most. With shoes like this, I REALLY like the side zipper! I just personally don’t like to invest a few seconds each morning or evening with the laces, and with a side zip, you can set those laces where you want them and then forget them!
The other thing I can say in comparing this boot to others is the slightly taller top. It will give a bit more coverage and protection and by virtue of height, have a better chance of staying on your feet in case of an accident. Also, if you ride in rain, it will help that the boots are just a bit taller to minimize the problem of water coming in up over the tops. The price of these boots is just a bit more than others in this genre, but with the taller top, the side zipper, etc, I think they are within reason. :: Paul, 01-24-17