I'm a twenty-year-old student and I just started an internship that will require me to wear business casual, and occasionally, business formal attire. I go to school in Chicago and want some boots that will be appropriate and can endure walking around the city in mild snow, slush, salt, and on pavement.
I've never bought dress boots before. I just bought my first pair of real cap-toes recently and I love them: I got a pair of To Boot New York shoes for half off at Nordstrom Rack.
I looked on Zappos and found these two pairs that I like:
Stacy Adams Madison:
Steve Madden Evander 2:
I love the simplicity and the sleekness of the Stacy Adams pair. I don't like that the laces are fabric and not leather and I probably need a rubber sole for a boot that's to withstand snow. I've also been hearing bad things about the quality of their leather.
The Steve Madden boot looks nice, too. It looks like it's of better quality and it has a rubber sole, so it would hold up better during the winter. But is it formal enough to be worn with slacks/chino and a button-up? Or a suit?
I also found these Allen Edmonds Fifth Street boots:
I really love the look of these. I'd be willing to pay for it because it's of higher quality. I don't want to go above $300. though. The sleekness and minimalism combined with the brogued cap-toe is great. I also prefer a balmoral shoe. It has a leather sole, though; and I don't want them to get ruined in the snow.
$300. budget, but less is preferred.
Rubber soles unless it's a leather that snow won't ruin
Can be worn with a suit