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The Dainese Dover Gore-Tex Shoes offer urban sneaker looks with the sophistication of leather and utility of Gore-Tex. These boots, with CE rated armor, will also keep you safe on our bike and will also be delivering Dainese’s standards of high quality. These boots will be coming at a recommended retail price of about 200 Euros, or around 220 US Dollars. So, these shoes will be competing with the Revit Jefferson, the Alpinestars Faster 3 Shoes, and it will be there alongside the Dainese Street Darker Gore-Tex.
The Dainese Dover GoreTex Boots are mainly made of cowhide suede along the top of the shoe. This is a common material used in urban shoes since it looks more casual while also offering the strong abrasion resistance of leather.
Additionally, there is also a shifter guard in the toe, which will help prevent wear and tear on the Dover shoes. Lastly, the shoe uses a waterproof Gore-Tex membrane integrated into the shoe to keep your feet dry. The Dover Gore-Tex also comes in sizes 39 to 47 and you can get the sole in neon yellow, white, and dark grey colors.
For protection, these shoes will do well, though obviously not at the same level as a touring boot. These are CE Cat. II certified shoes and they come with CE Level 1 rigid inserts on the ankles to protect that area better. The sole of the shoe uses a varied grip to prevent slipping. Lastly, for a bit of added safety, the Dainese Dover GTX Riding Shoes also have a reflective insert in the back to make you more visible, just like the Dainese York Shoes.
For comfort, the Dainese Dover Gore-Tex Boots use a Gore-Tex membrane so you can trust these boots not to let the water in to get your feet wet. They also do have perforations all along the outside of the shoe to allow air in to cool your feet off. For fastening, these shoes first use a leather panel that goes over the entire front of the shoe and sticks to the shoe using a large portion of Velcro. If you peal back that first layer, then the shoes are tightened with Dainese’s speed lacing system. So, this will keep the laces much easier to handle in the rain since.
This will also prevent the potential for your laces getting caught in something. To do up the system, you just pull the laces and push the toggle down and vice versa to loosen the shoe again. For the interior, these boots are lined with sneaker mesh and also have a neoprene panel in the back that will also help prevent water from leaking down into the back of the shoe.
Though the leather panel can make these shoes look a little bit more on the formal side of a casual shoe, Dainese have done a nice job with the Dover shoes. The leather strap keeps the laces in place and the shoe will keep your feet dry and comfortable while still looking inconspicuous.
If you’d like to learn more about the Dainese Dover, make sure to head to our YouTube channel and watch our Dinese Dover Gore-Tex Video Review.