I am copying and pasting a post by aaronkelley from a thread in Motorcycle Forum. I hope no one minds this vivid lesson about the absolute need for proper gear. Again, thanks to aaronkelley.
I cut and pasted this from another post.....thought it was relevent here considering the statement I made two posts up.....yeah, eating crow now.
I dont know what kind of boots your talking about......so I cant say for certain.....but I REALLY doubt they provide the "same protection".
I was recently in a motorcycle accident wearing a pair of Carhartt steel toed work boots - I thought, much like you.....good boots are good boots.
It was a 15mph get off in which I stupidly tried to "save" the bike by planting my foot.......well the bike kept going.....my foot stayed put and pulled me off the bike and decimated my ankle. Now the wreck was my fault......and planting my foot was stupid (its an automatic reaction when your going down....its hard to override it)........but it happened.
I did the following:
broke my Fibula 3 inches below me knee
split my Fibula and Tibia apart at the base
busted the base of my Tibia off
tore ligaments in my ankle
1 week in a splint to reduce swelling, 2 hours of surgery, 2 weeks in a splint again, 6 weeks in a walking boot (but I wasnt allowed to even put that foot on the ground....zero weight) followed up by 6 weeks of physical therapy (transition from crutches to walking) and Im on my way to walking like a 80 year old. They said about 6 months till Im back to pre-accident shape.
This is what my foot looked like about 4 weeks in.....they were taking the staples out.
Work boots are better then tennis shoes.......but they damn sure arent as good as motorcycle boots.
........and by motorcycle boots I DONT mean those Harley or Milwaukee wannabes......they are glorified work boots and only are for looks.....they offer **** protection, dont bother.
I have a pair of Alpinestars that I will be wearing once my ankle stops swelling up.....I cant get my foot in them now.
If you read the features and compared them to your work boots....you can see they dont measure up.
*Contoured shin plate protector is injected with high modulus PU for a high level of impact and abrasion resistance
*Extended inside plate is injected with medium/low durometer PU guarding the side and toe box area and features a rubber insert for controlling grip
*The inner side of the boot is specifically designed for control and features thick and whole stamped suede designed for excellent contact and grip against the bike, whilst guarding against heat
*Wide calf protector plate is injected with PU for high impact resistance
*Injected external PU heel protector guards the outer ankle and features a shock-absorbing insert on the back of the boot
*Poly fabric internal lining is laminated with open cell foam for improved air circulation
*High density contoured padding provides shock absorption for the heel and ankle areas.
*Removable anatomic foot bed
*Optimal back and forth flexibility
*3-stage instep flex zone for maximum comfort, control and support
*Coated Leather upper
*Exclusive rubber outsole design
*Closure structure features three, low profile Aluminum buckles with memory, self-closure design provides superior impact avoidance and optimal fit
*Increased flexiblity at the ball of the foot for improved braking and shifting
*Patented "ankle brace" protector
*Increased back and forth flexibility
*New form fitting PU gasket seals water out of the boot[/QUOTE]
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Remember that this was a low speed (15 mph) accident. Imagine what would have happened if the speeds were higher.