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Well,

Im one of those short people having fun with an R3. Im still in the learning process and yes, it needs more attention when stopping because I only have one foot down or less than one foot down because im on my toes. Im trying to buy a pair of shoes that can give me some inches or at least half a inch.

Im planning to buy some short motorcycle boots for protection but I would like to have some other tennis shoes or other type of shoes that can help me to add some inches to my short inseam.

Any suggestion?

Thanks!
 

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I'm 5'5" tall with a 28 1/2 inseam and I (usually) wear a pair of Icon Tarmac 2 CE Boots when I ride my R3. I added some very thick work boot insoles to give me some extra height and I wear very thin socks so they're not too tight. I have the preload set at 5 on the rear shock so the suspension does not have much sag to it.
http://www.rideicon.com/products/?productGroupId=73471

How tall are you?

For a shoe option try these: http://www.skechers.com/style/7111/alley-cats/bol
They will give you no ankle protection but you can shift with ease on the R3 while wearing them and you'll defiantly gain some much needed height. Also, the soles are very slip resistant.
I have a pair of these in black and I really like them. I occasionally ride the R3 wearing them.
When wearing shoes instead of boots, watch those laces to be safe!!

For a boot option try these: http://www.skechers.com/style/4442/verdict/bol
I have a black pair and they offer better protection than some of the "pure" motorcycle boots I tried. Also, they cost a LOT less $$$$.
If you can shift and brake on the R3 wearing these you can't go wrong buying a pair.
My 1300 has a heel-toe shifter so the "clunkyness" does not bother me.
 

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I'm 5'5" tall with a 28 1/2 inseam and I wear a pair of Icon Tarmac 2 CE Boots when I ride my R3. I added some very thick work boot insoles to give me some extra height and I wear very thin socks so they're not too tight. I have the preload set at 5 on the rear shock so the suspension does not have much sag to it.
I've never really found a pair of thick sole boots that are comfortable wearing on a sport bike.
http://www.rideicon.com/products/?productGroupId=73471

I have a pair of clunky cruiser boots that I wear when I ride our Star 1300 Deluxe that have about 2" of sole.
However, I can't stand to use them on the R3 because the pegs are so small and the brake and shift arms are tiny too.
As small as my feet are, size 8, I find it super tight down there.
Of course, you can adjust the shift lever up some for added clearance.

How tall are you?

For a last ditch effort try these: http://www.skechers.com/style/6618/tom-cats/cdb#Color=BOL
They will give you no ankle protection but you can shift with ease wearing them and you'll defiantly gain some much needed height. Also, the soles are very slip resistant.
Watch the laces to be safe!!
Thanks for your reply!

Well, Im 5'5'' with a pretty similar inseam length too. Also, Im around 155 lb. I was looking those boots and I think they will look nice with a pair of jeans too.

What types of boot insoles do you have? the normal ones that you can find in amazon for $10?
 

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Wow, that was quick. I went back and edited my post to make it easier to read and you already responded.
My insoles are Dr. Scholls. http://www.drscholls.com/productsandbrands/products/massaginggelworkinsoles/index.aspx
The Icon boots and both of the Sketchers look really good with jeans.

The Icon's are pretty thin sole wise, however, when compared to the Skechers.
Wearing the Icon's I can only flat foot one foot or be on both tiptoes.
I'm 50 and I've been riding since I was 13, so I'm pretty used to balancing a tall motorcycle on one foot. LOL!!
 

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I think because im still in the learning process, any of the two skechers would help me a lot to put one flat foot down.

Also, I just came from practicing to stop, and my problem is that I don't brake smoothly so that combined with putting only half a foot down is what makes me nervous haha. Im trying to only use rear brake to stop completely, I feel like that way the stop is more smoothly.

Thanks for the help Timbo64!
 

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Check out some Dr Martens while you're at it. They make plenty with tall heels and soles that also have good ankle coverage and support
 

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Sorry don't mean to preach, just a reminder to make sure your shifter is set up in the right position to accommodate a taller shoe/boot. May be a non issue or it may need a little adjusting.
 

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The 70's is calling....get that pimp daddy disco thang going:

Or you could go full Kiss mode.

Bitchin'
Funny thing. When my wife and I are out riding the 1300 with our "cruiser" buddies, some of them wear "cruiser" boots with two inches of sole....even the guys who are 6'4" tall.
My wife says, "Look at those Herman Munster boots that huge guy on the Street Glide is wearing!"
 

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I was wonder of which of these two types of shoes would be better (forget right now about the safety, just talking about the sole):

1)a Sneaker like Vans who have a uniform high sole (probable 3/4 in-1in)

2) or a boot where most of the height comes from the hill?

haha Im just wonder about this.
 

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I was wonder of which of these two types of shoes would be better (forget right now about the safety, just talking about the sole):

1)a Sneaker like Vans who have a uniform high sole (probable 3/4 in-1in)

2) or a boot where most of the height comes from the hill?

haha Im just wonder about this.
I'm pretty tall so don't have your problem but my girlfriend was in the same situation. She tried finding some nice riding shoes/boots that would give her some height but couldn't find anything other than cruiser boots. In the end she picked up some Nike gym shoes that gave her maybe an inch.

She is still not able to flatfoot both feet but she can put down most of one foot on the ground. The rest came with experience. Once her braking and starting got better and with more experience and confidence, she does not have any problems with her height. And this was on a CB500x which has maybe 1" taller seat height.

Also from what I heard, a uniform sole is better than a heel for motorcycling.
 
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