I didn't even know there was such a thing as motorcycle footwear, but the issue is being pushed a bit by the fact that the MSF classes I want to take require "over the ankle boots" to even take the classes.
Since snowboarding boots won't cut it, I need to take a realistic look at things:
I want to be safe, but not look like I'm stepping out of a UFO. Part of safety is wearing them all the time, and I would like to commute to the office on the bike. We're pretty casual, but professional, and I would ideally like something that would look decently office-appropriate with jeans, and be comfortable. Maybe even wear them out on a date or with friends.
I also don't want to spend $200 on some sort of crazy boots when I really haven't formed a sense of what my needs even are yet...
...but I do know it's going to be some combination of off-road riding (and hiking) functionality, office-appropriateness, and potential on-road safety.
Too much to ask for?
THAT being said, I'm browsing Amazon for reasonably inexpensive boots, with these made-for-riding boots as my upper-benchmark:
(meaning: if I'm spending this much, I might as well get these)
My question is -
With the above in mind, what do you think of these - in price order:
I saw a few tactical boots with zippers, which seems versatile and easy-
Least expensive, least crazy looking, probably not the best for hiking:
Taller (not an advantage for the office or hiking), also cheap:
Slightly lower, more expensive:
A little taller, most office-appropriate, crappy picture:
Any thoughts on an inexpensive first boot?