Any boot recommendations (for business-professional wear)?

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Looking for any boot recommendations that go well with a nice pair of slacks and sport coat/blazer. Thinking of buying a pair now while there are sales before fall/winter rolls around.

I have a pair of chelsea boots, but I find them too sleek/trendy. I also have the J. Crew version of Alden Indy boots but I find moc-toes to be too casual.

I do like chukkas, but I only find them to look good if your pants have a tight taper.

As you can see I am very picky, but I'm curious to see what kind of boots you all wear in the office.

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Aug 23, 2017

Frye Ropers are my go-to. I've been debating getting some lucchese gator boots, but they're a bit pricy...

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Aug 23, 2017

Lucchese

Aug 24, 2017

There number of online sites available of boots like Zappos, shoes, racked and similar sites, where you can buy designer and stylish boots.

Aug 25, 2017

I'm aware, I was looking for specific recommendations.

Aug 26, 2017

Yeah, I already told you some sites. I didn't have much idea about that sites.

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Aug 26, 2017

I would check out the Johnston & Murphy Conrad wingtip boots.

Aug 27, 2017

Allen Edmonds has $100 off their Higgins Mill boot right now.

Aug 27, 2017

Shoepassion model is more acceptable especially during fall & winter. It's a classic last model and I highly recommend shoepassion. Great bang for the buck. Just make sure you put rubber on your sole for the winter because the soles will be slippery in winter and would get wrecked with rain. If you are in London do that to protect your ankles from damage due to slipping.

I'd also consider those if I were you. First pair is full brogue and still classic but less casual. The second is a classical clean captoe.

http://www.shoepassion.com/mens-boots/no-671.html http://www.shoepassion.com/mens-boots/no-624.html

I would not wear a chukka even if it's a dressier one. I have a pair of similar dressier chukka boots but rarely wear it to work. They are acceptable in fall but especially for IB too casual.

Finally, what's your budget? I might be able to help with other shoemakers once I know the range.

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Aug 27, 2017

I recently started wearing boots as a 1st year analyst. Haven't encountered any issues. For interviews I'd keep conservative and wear normal dress shoes though.

Aug 27, 2017

Hey, thanks for the replies. Problem with the second pair is that its a derby closure rather than oxford, which is inherently more casual.

Quite tough finding a nice clean captoe oxford/balmoral boot in the market apart from going bespoke/MTO.

As for my budget its about PS500, any higher and its better to go bespoke I'm guessing. Viewing this as a long term investment and something that I will be able to use for the next decade or so.

Thanks again for your help.

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Aug 27, 2017

People wear em everyday. They dont even have to be exotics/expensive; a simple pair of ropers would do, as long as they're clean and polished.

Aug 27, 2017

I've always been curious what would happen if I walked in the office in New York with a pair of shit-kickers on. I'm going to have to try it some time.

Aug 27, 2017
SirTradesaLot:

I've always been curious what would happen if I walked in the office in New York with a pair of shit-kickers on. I'm going to have to try it some time.

I do this on Fridays with my beat-to-hell-shit-kickers. Gotten a few weird looks, but fuck em, I'm from Texas. Women seem to love em....

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Aug 27, 2017

I'm probably dating myself here, but when I hear "boots" and "H-town," this is what comes to mind:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrBnEaQd4ZY

Aug 27, 2017

I wear boots to the office every day. I also wear them when I go to our other offices. I actually get many complements on them.

Aug 27, 2017

No unless your bank's culture allows it.

Aug 27, 2017

Just make sure you got flames 'n shit on 'em.

Aug 27, 2017

Im guessing boots are more suitable for biz casual than formal? Or do you guys rock boots with a suit too?

Aug 27, 2017
Texas Outlaw:

Im guessing boots are more suitable for biz casual than formal? Or do you guys rock boots with a suit too?

Yes. As do lots of people - go for a darker color, and again, make sure theyre nice and clean.

Aug 27, 2017

In the south- fine IMO

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Aug 27, 2017

Why don't you ask your superior(s)? I'm a Midwesterner, and I love my fair share of boots...but not in the office.

What Would Alan Do? Well...this was in 1995, and it looks cheesy as hell now. But I'd never tell that to his face, because he's the fucking man.

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Aug 27, 2017

I love my boots, but never in the office.

that being said, I don't work in texas

Aug 27, 2017

It's very common where i work. . in Texas.
Just make sure you are matching.

Aug 27, 2017

I am a native Texan, and I will never wear boots with a suit. I love boots, but unfortunately, when I see one wearing boots with a suit, I assume that they are less intelligent.

Oct 1, 2018

Native Texan here too. Agree 100%.

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Aug 27, 2017

bolo tie or bust

Aug 27, 2017

Plenty of people wear dress boots to the office in my city. It's personal preference unless your bank has a policy against it (which sounds odd to me, but hey, you never know).

Maybe not your first week or two until you get a lay of the land though.

Aug 27, 2017

If your firm allows you to go a little bit more casual on Friday (aka jeans), some Ostrich boots work in my opinion

Oct 1, 2018

these look sick / real clean

not familiar with the brand, but it came up on my facebook feed

https://taftclothing.com/products/the-hiro-boot-in...
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Oct 1, 2018

the back does have a bit of casual leather - but front and sole are all business

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Oct 1, 2018

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Oct 19, 2018

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