I love riding my motorcycle. When I first got it, I wore black boots and never worried about messing them up. As I got more comfortable and rode more often, I would wear other shoes including my wheat colored boots. After about two weeks of shifting gears, my left boot developed a very noticeable and very unsightly scuff mark from the rubber of the gear shift. I searched online and happened upon The Cycle Shoe. It's basically a neoprene cover designed specifically for your left foot. It slips over the front half of your foot and has velcro that wraps around the back of your shoe and fastens to itself to hold the cycle shoe in place. It has a rubberized sole for necessary traction at stop lights and stop signs. There's a rubber pad on the top exactly where the shifter hit your foot and allows you to ride without worrying about messing up your light colored footwear. Definitely recommend!!!