No Smooth-Soled Boots for the Motorcycle Ride

Jeans4Yay, it’s “dress down Friday,” where men in my office wear denim jeans and informal shirts. No jackets or ties. (Especially “yay” for that!) Even BCO wears dressy jeans and I think we’ve convinced him to ditch the jacket, especially since The Big Cheese doesn’t wear one.

As I was dressing this morning, I looked at my Lucchese Peat Elephant boots and thought …

…”these boots go especially well with blue denim. And BCO might like to see an alternate choice of high-quality cowboy boots.” So I pulled them on and proceeded to the kitchen to make my lunch, tip-toeing so as not to wake the spouse. (Those boots command a mighty cowboy boot clunk.)

I made the lunch as I just can’t fathom paying $10/day to eat out. The savings add quickly to the discretionary boot fund.

I then hopped on the computer to check the weather. Hmmmm… warmer than original forecast. No rain, either. My home weather station indicated it was 43F (6C). While chilly, it is above my tolerance threshold for riding the Harley to work. (I admit, when it is less than 40F [4C], I wuss out for riding since I don’t have heated gear).

I rethought my plans for driving to work in my truck, but still wanted to show BCO those cool boots.

As I was deliberating with myself with thoughts like “these boots are tough-skinned and very well-made. They can handle a short motorcycle ride.” But then this very blog and many posts started scrolling through my thought pattern. “Smooth-soled cowboy boots on a Harley?” I thought about the example I make both here on this blog and in person. I know where I park — smooth interior parking garage concrete driving ramps and parking area covered with oil spots. Smooth leather-soled boots have no traction.

Chippitstop06I followed my own advice. I went to the basement boot closet, removed those cool-looking Lucchese Classics Peat Elephant boots, and pulled on a pair of brown Chippewa Arroyos boots instead. Those boots have cowboy style but also an oil-resistant Vibram 430 sole. BCO can see those Luccheses another time. I need safety for my feet while riding the Harley.

I donned my layers of warm jackets, thick leather chaps, gloves, and helmet. As I rode to the office, I was more mindful of how often I plant a foot on the ground at stoplights. Right there upon oil drip spots all over the pavement. When I arrived in the parking garage, I noticed how much oil is all over the slick concrete ramps and reserved motorcycle parking area. Man was I glad that I followed my own advice.

Life is short: wear motorcycle boots with oil-resistant soles while operating a motorcycle. Always. No exceptions — even for cool-looking cowboy boots.