I was wondering if anyone has had some experience with touring boots and the protectioin they offer compared to race boots. I've been riding for 2 days. Yes, I know I shouldn't be riding in sneakers, but I'm having trouble deciding on boots. Perhaps you could help me get safe. I've tried on both sports/race and touring style boots and have so far found A* SMX to be the most comfy. Touring style boots in A*, Dririder, RJays and Gaerne seem to be flimsy and offer the same protection as a pair of doc martins might. I'm really looking for stories of your touring boots saving your feet to convince me that they are safer than a pair of docs. I know that touring boots generally offer more waterproofing than race boots, and supposedly more comfort. but I failed to find a really good fit so far. The best fit so far would be the smx @$450ish. A bit out of reach for me right now, and I won't be doing any track days (see riding experience above) And I understand that race boots are not really made for wearing the whole day riding and walking around a bit. I only had the A* SMX on for about 5 mins in the shop but they felt like second skin and secure as. If I had the moola they'd already be mine. Thanks, your opinions and advice will sink in eventually.