How important is it that boots be motorcycle boots?

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  1. Ulyssessix

    Ulyssessix Been here awhile

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    I usually caution people against steel toe work boots and riding. They do not have ankle protection and the steel toe itself can injure your foot in a crash. I use to do the same thing and went down on ice. The boot I was wearing was only a 6" boot and the only injury I sustain was to my foot and ankle. The boot's sole came a part and steel toe rolled my toes backwards.

    I know of two other riders that end up with foot injuries wearing steel toe boots. One t-boned a car when the woman turned in front of him. He ended up loosing toes because his boot ended up between the car and the bike. Other than that he did not sustain any life altering injuries.

    The latest just happened a few weeks ago when a forest rat jumped out in front of a friend, broke his shoulder, leather jacket with no armor, and broken foot. Thankfully it was cold and he was wearing more gear than normal including a full face modular helmet. He's one of those guys that has been riding for forty years and never been off, so his gear choices have always been slight. That helmet took a beating and he is a believer now. Having the experience of tumbling down a road at 60 mph gives you a new prospective on gear. His 3/4 helmets are gone and he is looking for full gear now including riding boots.

    Anyone else have similar experiences with steel toe work boots?
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  2. duck

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    Steel-toed boots are very effective at cutting off toes if/when the toe gets crushed.
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  3. chrisf14

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    Your riding a large BMW. So MX boots are the best protection but over kill for you. I ride a KTM 990 and use good work boots. If you use cheap boots or even some street bike boots (like a harley guy would wear). The bottoms are soft. So when you stand on the pegs the boot start bend around the peg. Hurts your feet if you like to stand when you ride. You should have ankle support so again Harley boot or Cowboy boots NO GOOD! Pro riding boots have a very hard (some use metal plate) in the boot. This is so when you stick you foot out you don't break your toe's on a rock.(I don't mean steel tip boots).

    So just buy a 8" high quality work boot. That fit you right.

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    The Wife! I don't recommend because No ankle support.
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  4. nbsdave

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    I personally don't think boots have to be motorcycle specific.
    They need to provide proper protection and support.
    Best I've had are "Herman Survivors" from WalMart of all places.
    7' high, full lace, side zip, oil resistant sole-can walk all day (when not riding), very comfortable, flexible and waterproof (says so on the box) and 60 bucks if I remember.
    I think there is a lot of marketing hype with motorcycle specific boots plus I don't quite get the 150+ buck prices.
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  5. nbsdave

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    Never though about that.
    That explains the OSHA requirement.
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  7. olymax

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    Good road motorbike boots restrict plantarflexion (which made it hard for me to drive when I went to pick up my new GS last August). This helps prevent Lisfranc injury in a crash: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisfranc_injury
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  8. ChildlikeWonder

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    I have a lot of friends who work in fields where OSHA requires steel toed boots and they have all told me the same thing - that all the steel toes do is sever the toes cleanly, or alternatively provide a nice casket for your now-flattened toes.
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  9. nbsdave

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    so, without steel toes what happens?
    this seems like a darned if you do, darned if you don't situation
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  10. NJ Moto

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  11. ChildlikeWonder

    ChildlikeWonder Been here awhile

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    That's basically their position - not that steel toed is bad in their job, just that it doesn't actually help.
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  12. tacosupreme

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    Just wear safety flip flops.
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    (I have flippers for feet and just wear good leather boots)
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  13. duck

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    I think it depends upon the environment you're working in. Drop a hammer on your toes and yeah, steel toed boots are awesome.

    My summer job when I was in college was processing fish where we dealt with very heavy loaded pallets (up to 2,000+ lbs.) and forklifts and such. I always made sure to NOT wear steel toed boots because I was pretty sure they wouldn't hold up to that much weight being dropped on them.

    And I don't know if it's the case now but back then many "steel-toed" boots were made out of old vegetable cans - literally. I didn't believe this until a co-worker of mine cut open an old pair and showed me.
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  14. caryder

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    Sounds like "no helmet" logic. So drop a heavy object on your toes that the steel toe provides the protection to prevent injury. Put on a regular work boot and do the same thing and then explain how steel toes don't help. Report on your experience.


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  15. ChildlikeWonder

    ChildlikeWonder Been here awhile

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    Their issue is they're working with machinery that crushes your feet, not in an environment where dropping something is a worry.
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  16. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    two possibilities:

    Look for AlpineStar Super Victory or an old set of HiPoints. They don't have any internal bootie so they have little arch support, making them possibly work better for flat feet.

    Get some kind of shin guards to wear if wearing work boots - it will at least protect your shins and even knees.
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  17. Just Max

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  18. chrisf14

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    This dumb ass was wearing flip flops.
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  19. WDG

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    GAAAH! :eek1
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  20. Bazgab

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    That was from a snake bite, picture is of Bear Grylls' producer's foot.
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