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What is the general StyleForum consensus on Men's Dress Boots?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I've been wanting to know for a while what SF thinks about men's dress boots. I did a search of the forum and the reviews were mixed. I personally considered the boots since I dont like the way my dress slacks (with minimal to no break) fall on the tops of my shoes and laces. I thought with a dress boot, the leg opening would slide over the top of the boot and maintain a "clean" look.

Here's a sample of a simple dress boot I saw over the weekend which I particularly liked.

Thanks in advance,
LL
post #2 of 16
No boot is complete without a wingtip.
post #3 of 16
Hi, that boot ur showing is Chukka and works with a suit.

hate that leather pattern btw,
post #4 of 16
I can't speak for the group but I believe that the general "consensus" if you will is that dress boots are pretty f***ing awesome. SF member Ron Rider (RIDER) has his own company making boots and you should check out his site, www.riderboot.com.

The boots you showed are indeed chukkas but I probably wouldn't press them into service with a suit, particularly in the heavily pebbled grain you show. However, Chelsea boots can work with the right suit, and there are all kinds of cool boots like the ones pictured by Metlin that are pretty awesome.
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
Awesome - thanks - good to hear the support. I just saw these on the Rider site which I love.
post #6 of 16
This is a dress boot:

post #7 of 16
For suits, I prefer sleek chelseas. They look great with a slimmer suit/narrower leg opening.
post #8 of 16
I don't know about the general consensus but I'm enjoying the looks of every pair of boots here except the first ones posted in the attachment, I'm guess I like to see more brown on these boots
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by yachtie View Post
This is a dress boot:


First post but I really like these oddly enough.
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by Charlie Big Potato View Post
Awesome - thanks - good to hear the support. I just saw these on the Rider site which I love.


I have these in shell from Ron!! Love them!
post #11 of 16
IMO chukkas, chelseas, and high lace boots are fine with suits. Some styles are better than others, but in general boots work well, especially in colder climates this time of year.
post #12 of 16
I've always thought of dress boots as perfectly acceptable formal attire, except perhaps with a dinner jacket and trousers. Prior to the development of the oxford shoe in the late 1800s, all gentlemen wore boots. How this could then be turned around in the 21st century to make them inappropriate with suits makes no sense to me whatsoever...
post #13 of 16
I believe the boots that you displayed in your very first attachment are the low mali boot by Banana Republic. Much better suited for casual attire IMHO. There are other examples in this thread, and on the forum in general, that are more appropriate examples of a "dress boot".

As for a consensus, if you can rock them, wear them! Just pair them accordingly.
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by academe View Post
I've always thought of dress boots as perfectly acceptable formal attire, except perhaps with a dinner jacket and trousers. Prior to the development of the oxford shoe in the late 1800s, all gentlemen wore boots. How this could then be turned around in the 21st century to make them inappropriate with suits makes no sense to me whatsoever...

+1
post #15 of 16
Im confused... how are people suppose to see my gaudily colorful socks if I have boots on?
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