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Cap toe boots in black calfskin with leather soles Boots like the one above confuse me. With what attire is it considered appropriate to wear such boots? To me they seem too casual for anything that involves a pair of dress pants unless you never sit down, in which case noone may know that they are boots. However, they also seem too formal for anything else. Any opinions from people who own similar pairs. What do you wear these with?
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Up to the First World War, the vast majority of men's footwear were boots, equally for gentlemen as for the working classes. Many footwear manufacturers, who have been around since these days, still call themselves boot makers: John Lobb, Edward Green, Alden. After the War lace-up shoes (oxfords) took over from boots as the footwear of choice. Nevertheless there was the halfway house of spats (so beloved in the 1920s), which gave a lace-up shoe the look of a pair of boots. For every shoe style there exist a boot version. It might not be in a manufacturers current catalogue, but it certainly is in his archive. A formal pair of boots is actually dressier than the equivalent oxford version. These particular Edward Green boots have been a staple of men and women's footwear in Victorian and Edwardian times. (The women's version still appears on the fetish scene.) In a dark color they are extremely dressy footwear.
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Learn somthing new everyday. I was brought up believing that any form of boot is automatically more casual than a shoe. I spoke to a salesperson at the JM Weston store and he said such boots are not only meant for dress occasions but also keep your feet warmer in the winter than the corresponding oxford version.
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