I’ve had these boots from Italian footwear specialists Forma for a couple of years now and I’m still singing their praises.
But why is that? Surely boots are boots, right? Well you’d have thought so, but in my experience some are better than others. And while you can’t always assume expensive products are better than cheap, over the years I’ve come to learn that specialist brands tend to be far more hit than miss.
Portofino in Italy is a glamourous seaside resort where you are judged on the size of the yacht you’ve moored in the bay during the summer season. I’ve ridden there a few times on launches but it’s never rained on me, so maybe these boots are named as such for the prestige rather than anything else?
Whatever the reason, they do actually keep your feet dry, which of course is more important than what they’re called.
How comfortable they are however is important, and the Portofinos fit very well and are comfortable from the start. Not only that but after plenty of use I’d suggest they’re perfect for both touring and short trips. In fact so comfortable are they that it’s easy to forget you’re in riding boots when walking about at your destination.
All this is no doubt thanks to the expertise of those behind the family firm Forma, who are footwear specialists based in Altivole (Treviso) in Italy. This is is an area defined as the “heart of the world’s sports’ shoes” with industries in the region dedicated to football boots, tennis shoes, ski boots and of course, motorcycle boots.
These CE approved leather motorcycle boots have protection and comfort features all round too; ankle, shin, sole etc, and having clocked up a good few miles in the Portfino boots I’m impressed that the Outdry membrane has ensured that they are 100% waterproof (and breathable too). Apparently said membrane is laminated to the outer leather of the motorcycle boots, which is why it is so effective. Usually in other waterproofing techniques there would be a separate membrane, meaning that the rain would have to travel through the outer to the waterproof membrane and it would then sit in between those two layers both cooling your feet and not allowing them to breath. So I’m told.
And being Italian, Forma have matched all the technology with the oiled leather to give a classic and practical look to these boots. There is even a subtle reflective strip in the back, but the boots look far more period than modern.
So to sum up, after plenty of use the Forma Portofino boots are still comfortable, waterproof, and wearing very well indeed. As you can see, they are still looking smart. I like them. A lot.
Available in Euro sizes 38-47 (about 5 to 13 UK), the Portofino boots come in black and the RRP is £159.99. To find your local British dealer visit www.factoryagencies.co.uk