I've been meaning to get proper boots for a while now. Since I started riding 2 years ago, in fact. At the moment my riding footwear ranges from thongs (yeah I said it) to chuck taylors when headed to uni to shift fuel to expensive leather shoes on the way to work. But I want something proper, that won't make me worry about my ankle when I'm punting aroun, that will complete my gear so that I can eventually head down to a track in a few months, and that I can wear with my leathers without looking like a downer (on the way to an ATM in leathers and thongs I got a paraphrased "what is wrong with you" from a cop). I don't want something comfortable to walk around in, I have that base covered. I don't want something >$200 unless we're talking about something special. Everyone seems to love the smx4/5s and sidi vertigos but the price is putting me off. The furthest I could look to stretch the budget is about $300, but that would only be for a pair of puma 1000s (eyeing a couple of pairs of v2s going around in my size). Biggest concern is ankle protection - or am asking too much for hte budget?