Bought a pair of Alpinestars riding boots a couple of days ago and decided to wear them to work in order to wear them in before I got the new bike home.
First the good points. They are a smart looking pair of boots, nothing flash or fancy about them. And I have to admit, they are the most comfortable pair of boots I have ever had, however the negatives really outweight the positives.
First negative: They no zipper, just velcro on the outside of the boot too secure them.
I found this configuration basically unworkable. I could not get a good grip on the straps to properly secure them and you really need two hand to do it right. But the worse is the top and main velcro securing point.
The soft pad that the hard plastic hook secure to is located on the inside portion and the hard hooks on the outside. Problem I found with this set up is that if you don't close the flap so that all the plastic hooks are secured to the soft pad, those plastic hooks will run you front shin area raw. Very uncomfortable, somewhat painful and highly distracting, something you really don't want while riding. Again, with the connector on the outside of the boot, it is hard to properly close them.
These boots could of been great had they put in a zipper, and moved the straps to the inside of the boot and reversed the soft pad and hard plastic section of the main flap.
I will be returning to the stealership this weekend.