Coming from a blue collar family of Union Iron Workers, and being one myself for 13 years I have always owned a good pair of boots. Sure I own a few pair of Vans and Chucks, but I hardley ever wear them. I especially do not wear them when I ride. It's not that I think boots are that much safer than my high top vans, cuz they're not. It's just what I feel most comfortable in for some reason. My buds give me a lot of shit over it too, but I just don't like the feeling of riding in some cheap canvas shoes. I wear some sort of boot almost every day, at work, while riding, and even while taking the dogs for a stroll. Here are some of my favorites, I've had each of these for well over 10 years and they've all seen a few new soles put on.