The trouble with most motorcycle boots is that they’re a compromise. If you’re looking for a helmet or jacket, you’re spoilt for choice. But with boots, you normally have just two options: racing-style boots that are safe but not particularly comfortable, or street boots that won’t protect you very well. So it’s good to see a third, more stylish option, provided by a new company called Vitesse Moto. It’s the brainchild of John Mollanger, a bike nut who’s worked at the top level of both Nike and Puma and now headed out on his own. “Our boots are inspired by everyday footwear—from dress shoes to sneakers, from work boots to casual styles,” he says. And yes, they look terrific. Even better, these boots should have the performance to match their styling. Vitesse has patented a construction system it calls ‘V-Cockpit’, with a monobloc chassis that integrates the comfort and protection elements of the boot. There will be three styles to choose from, as shown above, with prices ranging from US$200 to US$260. Get more details from the Vitesse Moto website.