One of the things I was taught early on in my riding days was something that a lot of people tend to overlook - what have you got on your feet?
Apart from the obvious things with wearing normal shoes when riding a motorcycle - like shoe laces getting caught around levers (yep, done it) - there’s what happens to your ankles if you do happen to come off the bike. A normal pair of shoes or even sturdy boots will fall very short of protecting your ankle from getting horribly twisted or even broken.
I recently bought a pair of Alpinestars S-MX R road/race boots. Now they’re a bit of overkill for a daily ride to the office, but in my mind worth every cent for the rides I do of a weekend.
The boots have a full length zip on the outside so they’re easy to get on and off. They are adjustable around the calf as well to make them fit very firmly once they’re on. They have incredible support for your ankles, and when I first put them on it felt like my feet were in plaster casts! After a few rides now they have moulded nicely to my feet and feel very firm, supportive and comfortable.
And as well as all the things you’d expect from a high quality pair of road boots like replaceable toe sliders, they also feature venting to keep you nice and cool in the hotter months and for us in Queensland there’s even a version with perforated leather.
These boots are good value - and what value do you put on protecting your body - and are available in a range of colours from most retailers.