This may sound silly, but I blame the high-topped sneakers I was wearing for contributing to me dropping a bike at a gas stop once. I put down my foot, and the relatively flat sole slipped out from under me in a very embarrassing and public way. (My friends laughed openly while the other station customers tried not to laugh at me.) Since then, I’ve never had the same result from a gas-stop slip when wearing motorcycle boots with grippy soles. Additionally, riding boots provide ankle support if you’re forced to catch your bike for some reason. Then there’s the protection they provide from flying debris – which can’t be downplayed, as I’ve been bruised through my boot armor by a rock kicked up by another rider.