Some of the most delicate inputs come from your feet. Both the throttle and brakes are controlled by the pedals so it is essential to have a decent pair of karting boots so that you get the best possible feel.
After reviewing most of the karting boots and shoes on the market we have decided that the best boots you can buy are the Alpinestars Tech 1-KX. These are the evolved, top of the line versions of Alpinestars boot range with many advanced features that are very often only found on high end racing boots. It is for this reason that these boots are some of the most popular karting boots on the market today. Alpinestars make products for all motorsports, from F1 to MotoGP and it’s that development and technology that goes into these boots.
The Tech 1-KX are made from an ultra lightweight material and feature lateral foot supports with honeycomb panels for excellent fit while the Kevlar lace system and ankle strap secure the foot. There is also an ultra thin F1 style sole which offers superb feel on the pedals whilst EVA pads in the heels and insole make for supreme comfort when walking in the paddock. These boots also look the business with a simple overall look with complex details that come in lots of colours to match any scheme to make for a very attractive looking boot.
As you’d expect with boots receiving such high praise, the quality and features are reflected in the price. A new set of the Tech 1’s will cost £115 which is a lot for a pair of boots, but the quality will almost certainly make up for that. If that cost is a bit of a push for your budget, then there is also the Sparco Scorpion KB-5 boots which are still packed with features but will hurt your wallet a lot less at £70. Failing that the Puma Kart Cat boots are a safe buy at £90.
Boot sizing is effectively your standard shoe size but it is worth trying on boots in a shop to make sure they fit properly as some brands have slightly different sizing to others.
Once you’ve got the boots sorted, you’ll need to find the best karting gloves with our guide.