Over the weekend I went to a fundraiser for the local burner group and hackerspace. It's an annual event and my wife and I have attended a the last few years. We have friends that run in both the hackerspace and burner communities and the money raised supports art grants. While at the event I realized something about the people I generally socialize with.
They all wear boots.
I've mentioned before I've volunteered with Zombie Squad for a number of years. When I first discovered ZS I realized I had a lot in common with them. These were people who wanted to be prepared, wore sturdy shoes but weren't religious nutjobs or wanna be militia men.
One of the core holdings of the burn community is radical self reliance. Sure, a lot of them run around in very little clothing at burns, but they are more likely to be wearing boots whether out and about or partying in the playa.
The bars I frequent tend to be dives- biker bars, industrial and goth bars- again, you see most of the people wearing sturdy boots. At gun ranges and in the outdoors people are more likely to wear boots. On motorcycles, people wear boots. In fact, other than the people at work and the people I play hockey with, most people I choose to associate with are more likely to wear boots than not. I find that interesting.