The Dainese York D-WP may look like sneakers on the outside, but on the inside, they’re bringing you a waterproof membrane with CE level 2 protection.
Dainese York D-WP and Dainese York Air Shoe Review and Video
The Dainese York D-WP shoes and the Dainese York Air motorcycle sneakers are meant for urban riding so that means more of a balance between being on and off the bike since you still want to keep up enough style to be able to go wherever you need to go. These shoes do come with a few extra features since they’re meant to be an updated replacement for the already popular Dainese Street Biker shoe. With a recommended retail price of about 140-160 Euros, or about 150-180 USD, depending on if you go for the perforated version or the waterproof version. These shoes will be competing with the Revit Arrow and Revit Jefferson sneakers.
These shoes are mainly made of cowhide suede along most of the shoe except for the toe. So, while this is leather, it will be more delicate than standard leather that you usually see. However, in the toe, these shoes also come with a gear shifter guard which is a nice addition over the Dainese Street Biker shoes. Although this does make them look more overtly like a pair of scooter or motorcycle riding shoes.
For protection, the Dainese York shoes do well, though that is keeping in mind that these are still sneakers at the end of the day and won’t cover you as much as other riding shoes out there. In the ankles, you have rigid inserts to try and keep them protected from debris and moving the wrong way. That’s pretty much all the protection Dainese have seen fit to include in this shoe since there is no heel cup or toe protector, which is disappointing considering these shoe’s price though they are still CE Level 2. The sole of the shoe is made of rubber and is meant to have a good grip to stop you slipping. Lastly, to keep you visible, the multiple reflective panels on the Street Biker have been replaced and consolidated into on larger panel in the heel.
Lastly, these are comfortable shoes and won’t differ very much in this regard from the Dainese Street Bikers. First off, the Dainese York DWP keep you dry thanks to Dainese’s waterproof D-WP interior, which is great if you’re riding in wetter climates. However, you will still get some airflow in the shoe thanks to its mesh liner, which will give the shoe some breathability. And, if you still need more, then you can get this shoe in this perforated mesh version, which will improve the airflow further with perforations in the leather and mesh all along the front and sides. To keep them closed, you’ve also got these laces. And, at the top you also have a neoprene splash guard to help with these shoes’ water proofing.
These shoes do fairly standard in the urban riding casual sneaker category and is bringing some nice updates to the Street Bikers. If you’d like to learn more about these sneakers, make sure to take a look at our YouTube channel where we have our Dainese York Sneaker Video Review.