There is some truth to that, my first thought is they work well here in Mn. where there is apparently just a few weeks of piss poor sledding during the year. But pretty sure they would also work well in many other places around the country. Jeans, khakis, olive, light grey, tan pants all seem to work well. I still like my shoes to be a bit darker than my pants but am getting better at pushing it out some. At times like going up steps I get a glimpse of them and think of the cowboy look alike, but it is not too strong IMO. Couple of months ago I was wearing them at work and 2 young and very attractive ladies were coming toward me in the skyway and when they were next to me one of them looked me in the eye and said in a deep husky voice Hi there. When she was only a step or two behind me I heard her say to her friend that now she was going to have to ask her husband for sex when she got home tonight. I realized then that they can add strong masculinity to the over all appearance, especially if the rest of your outfit has a power look and feel to it.