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A little background:  I'm 22, recent college grad, and in reasonably good shape. I work in a very relaxed setting (academic research center), so most of my colleagues are of the sneakers, jeans and t-shirt mentality.  I'm drawn to go a step above, but not be out of place, so my daily wardrobe usually tends to be a dress shirt, jeans, and what I hope are some decent looking boots. Which leads me to my question:  I'd like some input on the boots I'm currently wearing, and if they're deemed, well, less than fashionable, some alternatives for the sort of look I'm shooting for. http://www.hi-tec.com/product01.asp?id=118&lang=1 is a link to what I'm currently wearing.  I realize the brand isn't exactly "high fashion". Opinions?  Should I opt for something a little more fashionable?  Pointers?  Thanks very much in advance.
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What's the look you're going for, rugged/outdoorsy with a bit of a fashionable edge? I would stay clear of athletic boots, and go for something a little sleeker but still off-centre. Maybe a Blundstone or R.M. Williams boot (www.australianboot.com) depending on your price range (Blundstones are $90-$110, RMWs are $175+). When I worked in the back-room of a major bank I wore the Blundstone 902 model almost every day (suit, khakis, whatever) and it worked pretty well. That environment was probably not as casual as your work environment (no jeans) but still pretty loose. The 500 is also a good basic choice. You could also try boots from Red Wing or Irish Setter. Red Wing is a little more stylish, Irish Setter more traditional (they make a lot of hunting type stuff.) Both companies make boots in the $125-200 range. Even though I love boots (I wear some sort of high cut shoe 90% of the time) I've recently been turned onto the comfort of Dansko clogs. The name sounds silly and some of their models look horrid, but they're insanely comfortable and stylish in an "earthy" kind of way.
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Clarks desert boots. Classic, simple, inexpensive. And most of the designer homage versions, like most tribute albums, don't hold a candle to the original.
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Thanks for the tips. davei: yeah, i'm trying to stick with something rugged that has a bit of "edge" to it... those Blundstone ones look nice, i'll have a closer look at them for sure.
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