Once a person decides to ride a motorcycle, they’ve already assumed some risk. It is more dangerous than a car or public transit. We try to mitigate that risk with safety equipment. Helmets, gloves, boots, leathers. All can help a little bit.

The talk of safety gear gets religious. On one side you have the people happy to ride hair in the wind. And on the other, the All The Gear All The Time (ATGATT) that won’t leave the house without head to toe coverage.

Having been at each extreme, and finding myself now firmly in the middle. I want to talk about footwear.

Vans Half CabsI’m no longer entrenched in the motorcycle boot camp. And here’s why. Vans. I skateboard and longboard quite a bit. I trust these shoes to grip my board, catch me when I call from ramps, and keep me covered when I fall off a longboard going 20-30 MPH. If I’m riding my motorcycle to skatespots, I’m not going to change my shoes going from one dangerous activity to another.

Chippewa LoggersThe next step is a regular work boot. Currently I’m wearing these Chippewa Loggers. These are much sturdier than Vans. Oiled leather, steel toe, more ankle coverage. These are serious boots. And they look excellent. They don’t look like a “motorcycle boot”.

Sidi Sport RainNow we’re to the purpose built motorcycle boot. These are Sidi Sport Rain boots. They are rigid, have no laces to catch on things, and one of the few items I’ve owned that are (really) waterproof. There’s a little pad for the shfter. Armor over the ankle bones. I’ve had two crashes in these boots and the only foot injury was a bruised toe.

I will always advocate boots as the best choice for a motorcycle. But sometimes you have to weigh the risk and make a choice that is more comfortable or more convenient.

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3 Replies to “Footwear”

  1. Flip flops all the way! Nah, just kidding. The Vans mid to high tops are better than nothing I suppose. The other day I took a short ride with no gear whatsoever. Vans, flannel shirt, jeans, and no gloves or helmet. I was terrified at first but I’m not going to lie, it was awesome. But 99% of the time I’m MOTGATT, most of the gear all the time.

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