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I am starting a new job next monday and am looking for a versatile boot. I am not going to be wearing a suit everyday but will on occasion. I would love to have something along the lines of the Alden Indy boot without the price. I now wear the chippewa GQ boot on a daily basis and need something much dressier.  I also have a wide foot so red wings tend to be out of the question.

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If you are contemplating wearing boots with a suit none of the models you have mentioned would be appropriate IMHO. They are far too casual and they are made for a different purpose. Depending on the fabric of your suit (worsted versus say flannel or tweed) a derby style boot (open lacing) could be worn with the latter but generally not with the former. A balmoral boot is ideal for wearing with a suit. However, you could indeed wear a derby with any suit and not raise too many eyebrows unless you work in a very conservative environment. A derby or country boot is generally made on a wider last so depending on how wide your feet are you should be able to find something. This kind of boot could give you the flexibility to pair it with a suit or more casual wear. Consider a cap toe or a brogue boot. Remember, the more embellishment the boot has the more casual it is considered. Think of the difference between a half brogue versus a full brogue. Think cap toe first.

What budget do you have for the boot? That will allow people to make suggestions.
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Originally Posted by gsugsu View Post

If you are contemplating wearing boots with a suit none of the models you have mentioned would be appropriate IMHO. They are far too casual and they are made for a different purpose. Depending on the fabric of your suit (worsted versus say flannel or tweed) a derby style boot (open lacing) could be worn with the latter but generally not with the former. A balmoral boot is ideal for wearing with a suit. However, you could indeed wear a derby with any suit and not raise too many eyebrows unless you work in a very conservative environment. A derby or country boot is generally made on a wider last so depending on how wide your feet are you should be able to find something. This kind of boot could give you the flexibility to pair it with a suit or more casual wear. Consider a cap toe or a brogue boot. Remember, the more embellishment the boot has the more casual it is considered. Think of the difference between a half brogue versus a full brogue. Think cap toe first.
What budget do you have for the boot? That will allow people to make suggestions.

All good points.  Here's a good example of a reasonably priced balmoral boot (in brown preferably):

 

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF7715_1_40000000001_-1

 

Cheaper than Alden, especially if you wait for a sale or get them from B&S.

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