However, these boots have another added bonus when I wear them in winter with dress clothes to the office…
…What’s that added bonus?
No leather sole salt crunching on sidewalks.
Yowza! That noise — the crunching, squeaking, scraping noise of walking with smooth leather-soled boots on salt or cinders on sidewalks treated for safety — drives me absolutely, positively, nuts! Worse than fingernails on a chalkboard!
While I like to wear dressy cowboy boots with dress clothes in my office, I choose alternate boots with lug soles on days when sidewalks have been loaded with salt and cinders so I can avoid having to hear that awful noise.
Also, exposure of high-quality boot leather and exotic skins as I have on my cowboy boots to salt and cinders can be very damaging. When that gunk gets on my motorcycle or work boots, I can wash or wipe it off and the leather is no worse for the wear. Those outdoor-oriented boots are made to be water-resistant and more durable.
I do not want readers to be alarmed that ol’ BHD has found more reasons not to wear cowboy boots. On the contrary, I really do wear them most of the time while at the office. Perhaps last week at my week-long 12-hour/day meetings in cold, rainy Seattle was an exception. But at the office on dry days, you will still find good-looking, high-quality, cowboy boots on my feet.
For the most part, few if any people ever look at my footwear. I have received occasional comments about my boots, but not as often as one might think. 99% of the people I see every day look at me, not what I am wearing. No one really cares. (Fashion — dress or footwear — is unimportant.)
Life is short: reduce ear pollution — wear lug-soled boots on salt-treated sidewalks!