Legitimate motorcycle boots generally fall into one of two categories: Superhero Chic (think garish colors and plastic buckles) and Mad Max Desert Cowboy (leather straps, unnecessary patchwork, zippers in weird places). The Los Angeles-based apparel company Aether saw an opportunity to make something more sophisticated. Enter the Aether Moto Boot.
What It Is:
This is Aether’s first foray into footwear, and in keeping with the company’s minimalist ethos, the boots are built to make a strong but subtle statement. Pebbled Italian leather and rugged Vibram outsoles give them a lifespan that’s probably longer than your motorcycle, while the biggest surprising stylistic flourish comes from the blue thread on the welt. It’s the sort of distinguishing mark that’s only visible to someone who finds themselves staring.
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