Alpinestars Tech 1-K Shoes Review

The Alpinestars Tech-1 K shoes are designed specifically for karting and aim to provide the best possible grip and comfort to kart racers in various track conditions. Built with high-quality materials for additional durability, the Tech 1-K shoes also include the new and improved anatomical design that provides much better profiling for the forefoot.

All of these thoughtful details make the Alpinestars Tech-1 K shoes great for karting as they achieve a great balance between comfort, durability, and grip. This is something that all go-kart racers should look out for in a pair of racing shoes.


  • Built for karting
  • Ergonomic fit
  • Optimal pedal control


The Alpinestars Tech-1 K is equipped with plenty of features that make them a great pick for go-kart racing. Here are some of its most important the highlights:

  • Durable nubuck microfiber
  • Breathable perforated zones
  • Ultra-thin and high-grip rubber sole
  • Dual closure system
  • Offers great pedal control
  • Available in 9 different color combinations

Build Quality

Racing shoes need to be durable and long-lasting enough to justify the investment that you make in them. They usually see a lot of beating and have to go through tough conditions, so having a pair of shoes with excellent build quality is essential. When it comes to karting shoes, you’ll need to make sure that they are built to withstand all types weather conditions.

The Alpinestars Tech-1 K shoes come with a hybrid construction that consists of an upper portion made of durable nubuck microfiber. This gives the shoes very durable and long-lasting properties, at the same time feeling comfortable to wear.

Additionally, there are also reinforcements in the toe area of the shoe that resist abrasions and also provide a good amount of protection. At the rear of the shoe, rubber is used in the heel area to provide additional abrasion resistance and extra grip for optimal heel placement. All in all, this pair of shoes are designed and built to last a very long time. They provide protection against all the stresses that come with kart racing and are a great investment.


Every racer out there knows that one of the most important things to consider when buying a pair of shoes is the level of comfort and control they provide. If a shoe doesn’t feel comfortable because it’s too tight, too hard, or too loose, then it can definitely affect your race performance.

alpinestars tech 1 k comfort

Key Comfort Features:

  • Soft microfiber collar for comfortable foot movements
  • Extra rear padding to protect the Achilles heel

To ensure comfort, the Alpinestars Tech-1 K shoes come with improved anatomical profiling that ergonomically wrap around the shape of your foot. The collar padding in the shoes is made out of Nitrile rubber, also known as NBR. This material provides comfort while also reducing the weight of the shoes. Remember, having lighter karting shoes will give you more agility and also increase your endurance over time, especially in longer races.

To provide more comfort around your Achilles heel while also improving your range of movement, the Alpinestars Tech-1 K shoes also have a soft microfiber collar at the rear. The soft perforated padding delps to provide extra comfort and ventilation.


The Alpinestars Tech-1 K shoes offer some incredible grip thanks to various design elements. The most helpful one of these elements is the sole that is based on Formula 1 specification and is ultra-thin. It comes with a rounded heel that not only provides grip but also helps with keeping control over the pedals more easily. The sole uses the company’s rubber compound that is specially designed with ribs to provide grip even in wet conditions.

alpinestars tech k 1 grip

Key Grip Features:

  • The ultra-thin rubber material provides optimal pedal control
  • The high-quality rubber ensures your shoes have good grip on the pedals

The foot counter of the shoes consists of a polypropylene heel counter that is great for the stability of the feet and a forefoot that is flatter and has die-cut ribbing which ensures that you’ll have a much better feel on the pedals while engaged in a high-speed race.

This is very important because a racing shoe that has a thick and bulky foot counter will not be able to give you these levels of sensitivity. Sensitivity is important so that you are able to accurately press the pedal to the desired levels causing you to accelerate and brake more effectively.


To provide a good amount of ventilation in order to keep your feet from sweating and becoming uncomfortable, the Alpinestars Tech-1 K racing shoes have perforated zones in various places like the sides and the rear. These zones ensure that your feet can breathe and you don’t feel like they are completely trapped. Having this level of breathability is important, as it not only provides comfort while racing but also allows for better control over the pedals.


One of the best things about these shoes is the elaborate closure system that helps with the overall fit. They come with a ‘dual asymmetric’ closure that includes a hook-and-loop grip strap which is ultra-thin and also adjustable. This means that it doesn’t get in the way of comfort and helps with getting the perfect fit.

There is also an aramidic speed top lacing that is combined with para-aramidic eyelets to achieve a custom fit, a very secure closure, and also some great durability. On top of that you also have the Velcro closure that ensures that these racing shoes are securely fastened around your feet during your races.

alpinestars tech k 1 closure

Key Closure Features:

  1. Velcro closure system that securely fastens the shoes around your feet
  2. Dual lacing closure for extra comfort and practicality


What are kart racing shoes that don’t give off a cool and modern racer vibe? Luckily, the Alpinestars Tech-1 K don’t disappoint in this area! With a streamlined design consisting of some very clean lines of stitching and a logo that contrasts in color, these shoes feature an awesome design that is backed by a great build quality.

Available in 9 different colors combinations to choose from, you’re bound to find one that suits your style. Ranging from classic colors such as black and white and red and white, there are also more flashy color combinations such as black and fuchsia, and even an ultra-clean white, red, blue and black one.


The Alpinestars Tech-1 K karting shoes are available in various sizes starting from a 2.5 to a 13. That’s a fairly large range of sizes, so you should have no issues finding the right size for you.


  • Great for karting
  • Ergonomic fit
  • Optimal pedal control

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