Dress Boots for professional work with suit???

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by copter105, Apr 28, 2012.

  1. copter105

    copter105 Adventurer

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    What's up inmates? Long time lurker, firtst time poster here. I have a shoe/boot question if anybody has any input I sure would appreciate it. I need to wear black professional looking shoes for work. I need a motorcycle boot/shoe that would be able to pass for wearing with a suit. Any suggestions would be a huge help.
    Thanks in advance!!!
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  2. PeterW

    PeterW Long timer

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    Black combat boots.

    Most are cheaper and better made than bike boots anyway.

    Not as much protection as a full on MX boot, but they look like shoes if you keep them polished.
    (Tuck the lose ends of the laces in though ;) )

    Pete
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  3. meatwitheyes

    meatwitheyes Bon Vivant

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    MrBob Out there

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    I've had a pair of these for about 6 years. I wore them on a tour to Newfoundland and wore them daily as I rode my Wee Strom during my days as a home care nurse. Keep them shined and they fit into most situations. They have yet to leak a drop and provide a reasonable degree of protection. They're so comfortable that I sometimes forget to change into other shoes when done riding.
    Both of mine developed squeaks in the insoles and new soles didn't help, so you would want to make sure that was addressed.
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  5. Helipilot

    Helipilot Been here awhile

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    I spent many years in the cockpit in dress uniform with the Justin Boot. Round toe and low heel. Looks great with a suit and takes a great shine. I also used them to ride my Honda ST -1300 street bike to the airport for work.
    These boots are very comfortable and last a long time. YMMV. Good luck in your search.
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  6. Gruesome

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    Would BMW city boots work? They look dressy to me - but what do I know, at my work place every day is Hawaiian Shirt Friday....:freaky
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  7. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    What's your budget. There's tons of boots out there.
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  9. NJ Moto

    NJ Moto Long timer

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    Another option might be to keep a pair of shoes at the office.
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  10. mentalfloss

    mentalfloss Been here awhile

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    They are great boots and they come in black too.
    They may be slow but they are good people. They have several styles and all are made to order to fit the tracing of your foot.
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  11. caps02

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    Check out Belstaff's line at britishmotorcyclegear.com. These boots look the part, but I don't know much else about them. Vendramini has a few that look dressy as well.
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  12. Okie Preacher

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    That is what works for me...don't have to compromise on either end. :nod
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  13. copter105

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    Wow all the reccomendations are great you guys are awsome! Another compunding problem for me is that I live in Las Vegas and I don't want to get something too hot it's freaking hot here in the summer! So I go back and forth with whether I am willing to put up with laces or not. I don't like that laces can get caught on stuff but outside of a fully closed boot the laces would provide a little better airflow just from leakage know what I mean? Unless there is a dressy boot with ventilation, this is probably going to be trial by fire.
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  14. copter105

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    Very true. My problem is I don't have anywhere to store them at work. Unless I carry them with me, but that would be a huge pain in the you know what.
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  15. tlartist

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    I leave my work shoes at work, and just change out of my motorcycle boots when I get there.
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  16. dlh62c

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    Same here, I do the the same with my clothes too. The shoes, some shirts and pants are kept in a drawer at my desk.

    daryl
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  17. bwringer

    bwringer Gimpy, Yet Alacritous

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    I've got a pair of Cruiserworks boots I've used many times in formal situations. Unless you pull your pant leg up, they look just like dress shoes.

    Just note that the brand name has been through some changes -- nowadays, the boots are very high quality and made in the US of damn A, but for a few years there were some problems with boots built elsewhere and the CW reputation has suffered.

    Mine were made by the old company in the DR (Dominican Republic) and are actually very high quality -- no leaks, and the finish has been very easy to maintain. As with all their styles, there's no added impact protection other than solid construction and good leather. This helps keep the styling classic and unobtrusive as well, but it's a tradeoff.
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  18. Pardus

    Pardus Been here awhile

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    If I was wearing my suit on my bike I'd go with my Sidi Adventure Rain like normal. They're black; that will have to do.
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  19. Guano11

    Guano11 Behind Bars....

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    Ariat Ropers here. Very comfortable, the black keeps a shine, wear like iron. Rubber sole is much better for riding than a leather sole. Black is also best for hiding shifter toe marks. Not waterproof, but so far no issues (and I'm in the PacNW). Readily available at any western wear store, and the least "cowboy-looking" of the western boot.

    Only issue for suitwear might be the boot shaft; if your pant legs are on the trim side and/or of a light material, the boots' outline will sorta show through your pant legs affecting your suit's intended look. Also, boots tend to warrant a longer pant leg length vs. when worn with shoes.

    I ride & wear mine daily at work (dress pants). I like 'em. A lot.:clap Easy to find locally, usually cheaper than MSRP, too.
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  20. Wuwei

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    Maybe it's different elsewhere, but here in NY there is no way you can arrive at work without smashed bugs and road goop on whatever you are wearing, so I just keep a pair of shoes stuffed under my desk. Once in awhile someone notices and asks me about them, but we have a casual work place. No boots I know of would be comfortable enough to wear, for me, all day in an office environment--too hot and clunky.
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