I'm kitting myself up to start riding and boots is one of the last things to check off my list. I wouldn't mind getting a pair of nice SiDi or Alpinestars racing boots, but they're bloody expensive and they don't offer much functionality off the bike.
I've noticed a few manufacturers, notably Icon, Teknic and Alpinestars make boots that are more street oriented and somewhat less expensive. They're typically lower cut and seem to have fewer protective features.
I'm not going to be doing any track riding so I guess what I want to know is whether or not I need to spend the money on race boots. I mean, I don't mind spending a bit more if it's going to offer a superior level of protection that I'll actually need, I just would rather spend less money and get something I can wear off the bike as well if it will offer adequate protection.
I'd also really appreciate if anyone has any good recommendations for reasonably priced boots, racing or street-styled that they've used and liked.