Yes, but not too stiff. I’m already using them since 2005. I tried Orchid, special designed for BMX, but after a number of dismounts the pain in my feet told me I’d better would go barefeet. Vans are also good (now that they have the better soles again), but they are far too wide for me. But Duff’s have the best shape (at least for me).
@headcamguy: I don’t know what kind of unicyclist you are, but personaly I prefer to have freedom to move your feet over protection. But sure you can have a protecting high shoe for learning ankle-killing stuff like kick-up, unispins, crank-idle, jump-mount, etc. Another option is putting a kind of foam in your socks. I use to use a rubber mousemat that I cut in pieces. Then when you continue to practise for example a ww variant you don’t have to change shoes, just take the pieces out.
They have close to a hard cup for the ankle bones. Perfect for ankle bites from missed mounts and protection for the ankles. They are a cloth covered semi rigid plate.
Mine are black with white lettering which is much more low key which I like
My local store carries black ones which I like because with my big calves these go on over my socks. Not sure why the website only carries white. Prolly not an issue if you wear them under soccer socks.
I also use ankle protectors from soccer shin pads. It’s cheaper or you can also get them for free at some football club, they have’em millions. And they also last pretty long time, i have mine for about year and a half.
About shoes, i mostly ride muni so i wear mtb shoes. A month ago i bought five-ten shoes and they are perfect, but also a bit more expensive.
For trials and flatland these shoes ain’t good (maybe for trials), but at the moment i ride it just with fake allstars because i destroyed 2skate shoes this year (globe & vans) and i have no money for new 1 atm., so i gave 12€ for’em but they are not some good.