Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Essential Motorcycle Gear - Great Big Stompy Boots

Having an excuse to wear excessive amounts of rugged clothing is one of the perks of motorcycling on a daily basis. Every day, we get to pull on our armor and go out into that post-apocalyptic biker world, ready for anything and everything that comes our way.

Great big stompy boots are probably one of the most important items we wear as far as staying comfortable is concerned when dealing with anything and everything that comes our way. Don’t believe me? Ride 6 hours on a bike with footpegs (floorboards do not count) in a pair of Chuck Taylor’s and let me know how your feet feel.

Great big stompy boots make feet happy. They’re stompy because the soles are far from soft or flexible. Maybe bad for stealthy walking, but great for keeping your entire foot supported on a peg that’s less than two inches wide. And great big means you’ve got 12 or more eyelets for your laces, which means you can snug them up good and tight around your ankles, providing a ton of support, which means more comfort.

It doesn’t hurt that in case of an unexpected get-off, the boots will keep your feet and ankles protected from the cruel, hard ground, hot exhaust components, and Kathy Bates. Barring that, if you stub your toe wandering around the office or warehouse in your great big stompy boots, you won’t even notice. Can you say that about loafers?

And, hey, it feels great stomping around town and the office in black boots that are just this side of respectable. Even better if you can get away with wearing truly righteous boots suitable for raiding bartertown.

Verdict? Great Big Stompy Boots: Required.

What boots do you guys like?