The myth about boots is that of Puss who wears boots and purrs like a cat
The original character of Puss is supposed to have gone on to become voiced by Antonio Banderas in the movie, take up part in several successful franchise, become spin off to a movie AND very successful Netflix show. So if you thought Puss was a cat, then you may not have the correct impression on the character. In fact in the first film, Puss barely speaks all he says is mewls. There are several other characters who also hardly speak throughout the movie such as Fagin, Mr Bobinsky, Vixen and Yuke.
However if you think about it in context with modern skis, skiing boots are actually designed to provide support and traction for your feet when you are skiing or boarding. And I can say from experience that wearing a pair of ski boots is not a cat like experience. Ski boots allow for lateral movement of your foot, which is required when you are moving sideways. This is not something you get with conventional boots.
To wear a pair of boots while skiing is actually pretty difficult and ankle sprains are frequent
Ankle sprains are caused by a sharp turn or snap during your turn. The high-top shoes actually encourage you to keep your foot turned inward during your turns because of the extra room inside the boot. The problem is you are actually doing more damage to your ankle with these boots than you realize. The truth is, many people who suffer from ankle sprains end up wearing orthopedic support shoes after their skiing accident because their high-top shoes are so uncomfortable and restrictive.
Traditional ski boots are made from a material known as leather, suede or nubuck. They are typically very lightweight and don’t protect you very well. Leather boots are also notorious for ripping and tearing. It’s true that modern skis are more advanced and provide more support, but you pay for this technology in your boots.
Ski boots provide little protection to your ankle and have little impact on turning ability
Traditional boots offer much better ankle support and will prevent ankle sprains or injuries. You also get more flexibility in the boots by going up and down a slope. Going up and down the slant increases the flex point in your boots, which will help prevent injury. Flexibility in the boots offers much better support for your ankle and will prevent injuries caused by the boots hitting your shins or groin area. Modern skis don’t offer much in the way of support when you’re going down a hill so this is one advantage of wearing traditional boots.
While both skiing and boarding require good balance and agility, only skiing can improve your balance and help prevent injury. Boarding boots are designed to be much more flexible, especially in the toe area. Skis are made from rigid plastic but modern skis are made from soft rubber so the boots have a tendency to compress as they expand and will absorb shock better than the boot from ten years ago. Both skiing and boarding boots are very beneficial to your health and are a great choice for all the sport disciplines.