Riding boots with suit?

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  1. kaizo

    kaizo Senior member

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    If you're riding a horse, then it's OK.

    If you're a horse or petrol based business tycoon, maybe.
     
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    I think maybe you could do jodphurs, but it would be a little sketchy and slightly too slick. Chelseas with a suit, of course.

    That style, which seems to reach to just below the knee? Probably a little too kinky to wear in a non-equine context.
     


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    Somebody should sig that.
     


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    Its quite interesting that it was received in a similar light to how people view cowboy boots under suits. As in you can probably pull it off if you have a south of US or Mexican cultural pedigree.
     


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    I wear field riding boots with my business suits most days. They're comfortable and look practically like dress shoes.
     


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    Do you wear long socks or normal. Does the leather touching your calf irritate you?
     


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    Visually there's nothing wrong with it at all, it will just look like you have dress boots on, which has been done forever. I don't wear boots that go up my calf like that (seems uncomfortable?) but I do always wear boots and I think they're more formal and flattering that shoes. People only notice when you're sitting down, at which point I think leather is a more interesting sight than socks, which seem a bit like flashing underwear. I think the thicker heel of boots is more graceful and masculine than the thin, flimsy heel of dress shoes. Plus larger heels elongate your legs which gives a more flattering silhouette. That being said, I don't like the shape of most cowboy boots- the tiny undercut heel is a little 'too' graceful (starts looking feminine), and they cause an odd strut.
     
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    In reply to Kaizo, I wear long socks. Fortunately they don't slid down.

    Svenn, I agree. Boot shafts are more interesting than socks. If I am sitting, I sometimes notice people glancing at my boots, no doubt trying to figure out how far up the shafts go. I've got a few comments over the years, invariably positive ones.
     


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    Rowan could you be kind enough to post us a picture of your boots? I've recently seen it in berluti's advert and it looked good is it like this?:

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    Yeah, it's true that seeing boot shaft can make one look a bit like a 60's rocker or 1890's banker or something, but unless you're also rocking inappropriately long hair or an unshaven appearance, I don't see how boots could ever give a negative impression. You might annoy some of the prissy steakhouse trad / brooks brothers crowd on SF, that love their socks, but that's about it.
     


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    The "more formal" part of this caught my eye. Could you elaborate on this? Anyone else?

    (2) For the OP: Speaking as a former rider who has a few pair of tall dress boots like the ones in your link, they are always worn with breeches, which these days are skin tight and elastic and fit inside the boot, often being no lower than the top of the calf, and for competitions are usually white. The jacket can range from a 3-button sport coat style (with side vents) to a tailcoat (for upper level dressage, along with a top hat). But never a suit. (1)

    Trust me: polishing a pair of these is no small undertaking. And breaking in a new pair of real riding boots might teach you the meaning of pain.

    Cheers,

    Ac

    (1) Of course I'm talking English, not Western. I don't know anything about Western. The one exception to what I said above in the English saddle world would be the eccentric subculture of the Tennessee Walking Horse. Like many riders I abhor that group, for reasons I won't bore you with.
     
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    I'm curious, what are the pro's of wearing these riding boots? I don't understand why you'd even want to wear them?
     


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