Well, I do understand and sympathize with guys who are uneasy wearing boots publicly. Like you said, we have all been there... I am fortunate to have moved past feeling uneasy/nervous, but I understand this takes time and practice. Hot boots really make a statement, but there are some unfortunate stereotypes also. The thing I try to remember is that most guys have a thing for boots, but many are frustrated closet cases that don't have the guts to buy/wear the boots they secretly desire. Those that comment/jeer the loudest, are usually the most frustrated, so they are really complimenting you....I do my best to encourage guys who are just getting started enjoying their boots publicly, it does take time to build up the confidence to match the hotness of the boots for sure... By the way, lovin those killer shox as well!