I work in a professional office. I seldom wear a suit or even a jacket, but there are occasions that I do. While I work in a professional office, the traditional business suit is not customarily worn any more, even by the big cheese to whom I report. However, I usually wear a shirt and tie, and keep a jacket handy (hanging on the back of my door) for times when custom demands.
And I always wear boots. No exception. Even with a suit or less formal attire — jacket and tie.
I received an email the other day from an instructor at a community college in Texas. She wrote:
Subj: “Boots and Suits”
Thank you for posting some pictures of boots worn with suits. I teach a class on professionalism to students who mainly come from a rural background. Wearing boots is very important to personal identity, but I’m trying to encourage them to do it the right way for the business world. I’m glad I can now show them good examples of wearing boots with maintaining professionalism for the corporate world.
I work on the U.S. East Coast near Washington, DC. There could not be a more staid, drab, dull, and “corporate” unstated dress code among men.
Few men have the courage to wear real boots with a suit or dress clothes in a professional office. (I said “real boots” because those short little things that Allen Edmonds calls “boots” are just slightly taller dress shoes.) I do not understand why men who work in a professional field are so reluctant to wear boots. Honestly, no one says anything, or if they do, they pay a compliment.
I liked what this instructor said — that one can wear boots and maintain professionalism for the corporate (or government) world. Yes, a man can do it. I do, all the time.
Life is short: wear boots with dress clothes!