They might be limited edition, but Alpinestars is rapidly increasing the choice of motorcycle racers to honour with your footwear. Following on from the Kevin Schwantz and Mick Doohan replicas, the new Limited Edition Alpinestars Stoner Supertech R Boots have now arrived. And while they may be essential for Casey Stoner superfans, they also look pretty good for anyone else who fancies some new footwear.
The Casey Stoner Replica Alpinestars are a little more subtle than the previous Doohan and Schwantz boots. The red design is seemingly inspired by the success of Stoner aboard a Ducati. Which makes sense as he’s also been a test rider for the team since 2016.
Casey Stoner first raced at just four-years-old, and emigrated from Australia to race in England and Spain from the age of 14. He claimed race victories in the 125 and 250cc Grand Prix classes before moving into MotoGP in 2006. In 2007 he debuted on the 800cc Ducati Desmosedici GP7 for the factory team and immediately won the MotoGP world championship. After finishing as runner-up the following year, and two seasons dogged by illness and other problems, he switched to Repsol Honda in 2011 and immediately won his second championship.
His retirement from MotoGP in 2012 at the age of just 27 surprised many. But despite constant rumours of a return to racing on two wheels, Stoner has competed just once at the 2015 Suzuka 8 Hours which ended with a crash due to a stuck throttle. Instead he tried competing in the Australian V8 Supercar Series, mainly finishing mid-field.
Despite a relatively short career of just seven seasons at the top level, he took a total of 38 wins and 69 podiums from just 115 stars. And with 45 victories across all classes, he’s still currently the joint-10th most successful GP racer of all-time alongside Jim Redman. That puts him ahead of legends including Max Biaggi, John Surtees, Eddie Lawson, Freddie Spencer, Wayne Rainey and Kevin Schwantz. In terms of Australian riders, only Mick Doohan has won more Grand Prix races.
Limited Edition Alpinestars Stoner Supertech R Boots Details:
As with the Doohan and Schwantz replicas, Alpinestars have used the top specification Supertech R boots as the basis for their Stoner limited edition.
Obviously the design is the bit that makes them special. So you get the 27 race number of Casey Stoner, and the abstract design featuring a kangaroo. It’s a scheme he has used as a Ducati rider, supported by Alpinestars throughout his motorcycle career.
Underneath the Casey Stoner race replica colours are the standard Alpinestars Supertech R race boots. Which means you get the latest evolution of the protective footwear first launched back in 2002.
So there’s the microfiber main shell, with breathable mesh TPU shin protection on the front flex area. Then, the synthetic leather for the top gaiter, and a lightweight rubber compound sole. Plus the separate internal bio-mechanical ankle brace inside, a replaceable TPU and aluminium toe slider, replaceable heel plate slider, and stretch panels to allow natural movement when you’re on a bike. Whether that’s a MotoGP machine on a race circuit, or nipping to work on a scooter.
Although you might feel a bit overdressed heading to work in the Limited Edition Alpinestars Stoner Supertech R Boots, unless you happen to work at a Bologna-based motorcycle company.
What’s good is that the Limited Edition Alpinestars range are all priced the same as the standard versions. So you’re not having to pay a premium. So far, the range has included Jorge Lorenzo, Marc Marquez, Kevin Schwantz, John McGuinness, Mick Doohan, and now Casey Stoner editions for $499.95. Which means around £380 for UK customers.
The only issue is grabbing a pair before they’re sold out. And they’re only available in men’s Euro sizes 41-46. Which is approximately a UK size 7.5 to 12.