I, too, have responded to this topic in the past, and I have not changed my opinion. I AM a New Englander, and I wear and see cowboy boots often, perhaps not as often as I would in Texas. You know, folks, here in New England, we DO wear more than oxford shirts, chinos, L.L. Bean sweaters and boat shoes. I still feel that NOTHING looks better w/a pair of jeans than a nice pair of black, lizard skin cowboy boots. They look and feel fantasatic. I always get compliments when I wear them. I WILL say, however, that I do NOT wear them with suits......THAT I feel is something that only Texans can pull off, but perhaps others feel differently. I'd recommend that every guy have a pair of black, lizard skin cowboy boots in his wardrobe. They look great, and are far nicer than the thick rubber soled boots of Skechers et al. The other myth is that cowboy boots are uncomfortable. NOT true. If you get the proper size, nothing is more comfortable, and they provide amazing arch support.