I have a pair of stone ridges that I bought specifically for riding. U can walk with them alot easier and they shift fine and everything. They don't look as cool but then again, they don't stand out as much either. I can wear them to work where you need to dress a appropriately.
I took my riding boots to the car show this year and thats when I found how that riding boots lick for walking. For the last half of the night, I was walking like a cripple that had been raped because stuff was diggin into my foot.
I always wear boots as well. You'd be surprised how vunerable you feel when you don't wear your gear once your use to it. My riding boot are easier to put on than anything with laces....one zipper and a little velcro .
I wear my riding boots probably 95% of the time. I wear them to work too...just keep a spare pair of dress shoes in my office so I don't look like a big dork walking around with bright yellow/black boots with big sliders sticking out of the toes. I don't find them as uncomfortable as Jason though...but then again, I'm not a big pussy. :laughing
I got some great riding boots at the Aldo Outlet on Granville Street. They're BIG boots, and go about 6 inches above the ankle. I never ride without all my gear now. Once you do it a few times riding in jeans seems like a weird idea. I still can't believe I see sportbike guys riding in groups in jeans/t-shirts and running shoes.
I think my favourite quote from my Action course some years ago was something along the lines of "crawl around a parking lot on your hands and knees and then decide how much protection you think you'll need".
I ALWAYS wear boots, but they are just hiking boots, not the fancy racing boots I see a lot of people wear. If I could afford a pair of Sidi's or whatever, I would wear them all the time for riding. They look pretty comfortable, and you could stash some sandals or runners in the trunk of your bike--OK, maybe only a few of us have trunks that big!
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