Really it boils down to preference and what you like. If I am leisure riding/bar hopping I just wear work boots. But say if I am hitting trails hard, I'll wear my fox comps just for added ankle protection. I also almost constantly stand up so I get a little different angle under the shifter so I never had that problem. Your best bet is try to go somewhere where you can try on different boots, find which ones you think you could walk all day in, and get those. They all will add some protection. If you are just a leisure rider, buy some good work boots, no not WAL MART brand, that way they will hold up. And get some conditioner for them, so when they get wet/muddy or whatever, you can condition them to make them last longer.
2008 700xx; Power Bomb header with power core 4 exhaust, Power Programmer III, pro armor nerfs, prm products control front and rear bumpers and full skid, 10" ITP rears, ITP Baja's fronts, RZR 2's all the way around, Uni filter, 13t sprocket, CCP steering Damper, DS450 shock swap, Dual Gasser Throttle, bar risers and Moose barkBusters. 730XX kit plus other engine mods!