I purchased the Sidi Vertigo boots after finding that the toe of my other boots didn’t fit comfortably under the gear shift lever on my Ninja 600. I’ve found the Sidi Vertigo to be comfortable and functional, so I thought I would write a review for anyone considering these boots.

Sidi Vertigo Motorcycle Boots

Design
As I mentioned, I purchased these boots because the toe section on my first pair of motorcycle boots didn’t fit comfortably under my bike’s gear shift lever. The Sidi Vertigo easily fit thanks to their vertically shorter toe area. There is also a nice patch of material where the shift lever and brake pedal levers would touch the top of the boot, which should help the boots last longer.
There is a indentation between the heel and the rest of the boot, which helps keep the rider’s feet properly positioned on the foot pegs.
The zipper covers the full length of the boot making these boots the easiest to put on and take off of any footwear I have ever owned. The velcro closure helps keep the zipper in place and make the boot feel more securely attached.
The replaceable toe sliders are nice, and although I have never intended to slide my toes along the ground, I can see that they have been scuffed slightly, so replaceability is a good thing.

Comfort
The boots are quite comfortable when riding a motorcycle or sitting down, but I would not want to walk around in them all day long. This is not a fault of the boots, but rather a reflection of how protective they are. The rigid shin protector plate, the ankle protection, and other features that might help save my feet and legs in a crash don’t lend themselves to flexibility and comfort when walking.
When looking at these boots, I was torn between the Sidi Vertigo and Sidi Vertigo Air (which are like these boots but have perforated and mesh sections covering much of the boot for maximum air flow). I’m glad that I didn’t choose the Sidi Vertigo Air, since my Sidi Vertigo are plenty cool with the vents (shown in red about 1/2 way down the length of the boot) open. With the vents closed they are very water resistant (unlike the Side Vertigo Air), and great for cool weather.

Protection
Motorcycle safety is important to me, so my main goal in purchasing boots was to get ones that would protect my feet and lower legs during a crash. From the research I’ve done, the Sidi Vertigo does the job. The exterior is abrasion resistant, and the zipper/velcro closure system seems secure.
The shin plates are designed to protect the lower leg, and there is ankle impact protection. Perhaps best of all is the heel protection. Sidi researched motorcycle crashes and designed the heel protector to absorb shock rather than transmitting it through to the foot. The result is an outer flexible plastic layer, an internal shock absorbing rubber-like substance, and then the rear of the boot.
Sidi does make a more protective “Sidi Vertigo Corsica” which costs more, and unfortunately doesn’t come in a big enough size for my (rather large) foot.

Functionality
This would seem to be an area of the review where no news is good news, since I can’t say much about the boots other than that they work exactly as I would expect. The toe area fits nicely underneath my shifter, the boots are comfortable, and the durability seems good too. I haven’t crash tested them, and hope that I never do, so I can’t offer any anecdotal evidence of their crash performance. I have heard positive things from people who have crashed while wearing them, though.

Modifications for Added Visibility
As part of my never ending quest to make my motorcycle more visible to the cars around me, I have added retroreflective tape to the boots. I added black tape along some of the plastic sections, and retroreflective silver tape behind the shock absorbing heel section. The tape blends in nicely and even I have a hard time noticing it during the day. At night time (or when shining a bright light at it during the day) the tape is very bright and noticeable. I don’t know if a few square inches of retro reflective tape on the boots will really help, but I figure the $5 of retroreflective and 10 minutes of my time was well spent if only for the added peace of mind.