I follow the AT GATT religion: all the gear, all the time. So I'm wearing my riding boots on the Vespa, the same ones as I'm wearing on the Kawasaki.
I always try to imagine: when I'm being pulled by a rope at 70 mph, would I be comfortable wearing my All Stars, or would I be more happy wearing motorcycle riding boots? Because going down at full speed is just the same.
Ride safe .
I have a pair (two pair, actually) of leather Chuck Taylor Urban Hikers with D-Loops and hooks. They're leather and cover my ankles. I'm ok with those around town and ... well ... Chucks.
I also have a pair of these from Noru. In fact, I'm wearing them right now.
They're a light riding shoe with a protective plate over the ankle. And I don't have to walk around looking like Robocop.
I also have a pair of Johnston and Murphy insulated boots I wear when it's colder. Again, leather up over the ankle.