Yes Boot matter : I never get on the bike without proper foot protection. When I was a stupid kid, I bought a Honda 350 on Sunday, Monday in the ER. Crushed all 3 cuneiform bones and 4 out of 5 metatarsals including compound fractures in 3 places. I didn't know about counter steering, or that penny loafers were not good foot protection. Spent a month in the hospital, a few steel pins, 3 operations and 2 years on an off crutches. My doctor told me if I break it again I will probably lose the foot. After recovery I rode a little but would freeze up when anything started going wrong. Not enough functioning brain cells to ride at 15 years old. So I took up snow skiing, sailing, and windsurfing instead. My Dr actually gave me a prescription for ski bindings ... Look Nevadas. Now 40 + years later, after the MSF class, I started riding again as a geezer. Now motocross boots for off road, and a least adventure boot (Formas) on the street. I keep a pair of regular shoes at work when I commute.