So I went to a local shop to buy a set of boots that I could both ride and hike in, to satisfy my exploration goals for getting this bike.
Local shop had the Icon Superduty 4 boots, that don't look that much different than a set of work boots, other than a few bike-related enhancements, like some toe rubber for shifting, a strap with a buckle for keeping the laces strapped down, and - apparently (and first thing the guy in the shop told me I'd need to get used to) a very flat sole. From the outside it looks like there's a heel (very deceptive
), but when inside, in reality, you are very flat-footed, almost in fact like your ball of your foot is higher than your heel.
I'm second guessing the purchase accordingly, because putting them on and walking around my house, I'm not feeling like these are going to be so great for getting off my bike and doing any sort of hike to my destination... particularly some locals like the 100 stairs at local Chestnut Ridge park, or the hike down a long trail and/or descending a wall of vines/roots to the Eternal Flame waterfall just outside the same park.
So I'm wondering - what's the benefit
of this flat-foot feel that's been intentionally engineered into these for-biking boots?
Would I be completely ruining some aspect of riding in them by installing a different insole to change that feel?