No normal humans will look sideways at a clean White's build in a dressy scenario. Unless you're hanging with stuffy, guffawing, old money gentry, you'll be just fine.
I'm still very happy with my no-celastic BH.
I agree with Crosswound on Whites. I have a relatively new pair of SDs and love them. They look great with denim. And sure, they would look better than some of the crappy beat up shoes some people wear to the office. But, they just simply do not look as good as my AE Leeds, Greyson or Strands shoes. They just don't - not with chinos. They're stylish work boots but the form factor is still a work boot form factor. Great with jeans but not business casual, much less full business. For casual Friday when jeans are allowed where I work, I'll wear them and they look great. I just think there are much better choices that look better with chinos/slacks.
Edit: by the same point, my Leeds would look very odd with denim so I wouldn't wear them that way. My McTavish shoes would look odd with a 3-piece suit so I wouldn't wear them that way.
White’s dose make a “Dress” boot though, it’s called the Dress Packer.
tigerpack— you could totally go for the western businessman look and rock a dress packer with almost anything. Just saying…
pic from supertalk
So far this conversation is mostly speculation, let’s get some pictures and see how they look in real life. I’m still partially on the fence about to what extent SDs or other white’s could be dress shoes, but I am certainly finding this to be a fascinating topic. This is sort of an uncharted territory. Though this will be an unconventional look, can it still be pulled off in style?
Who can rock the industrial chic?
Can we be both rugged and refined?
Do whites as dress shoes look wrong or just like more beefy and unique dress shoes?
Bring on the pics!