A cowgirl's dilemma: boots in the office?

A cowgirl's dilemma: boots in the office?


This summer, I bought a gorgeous pair of cowboy boots from Pard's in Urbana.

They're everything I've always wanted (and I'd wanted a pair for a long time). They're adorable, fit well and are comfortable, too. They feel as good as tennis shoes on my feet, and they complemented my Halloween costume.

Plus, as online editor Mike Howie pointed out, it would make my late editor Becky Mabry happy to hear I have a great pair of boots. (Full disclosure: I'm about as far from a cowgirl as one can get.)

The only problem is that I can't wear them to work, or at least, I haven't yet. They feel a little too over-the-top, especially when I want to look professional. (With my team's professional clothing drive now under my belt, this topic's been on my mind lately.)

However, I went for a walk around the block yesterday; it was a beautiful afternoon in downtown Champaign. I saw a woman wearing a below-the-knee, tan twill or corduroy skirt with a pair of cowboy boots. She didn't look fussy or over-the-top, just comfortable and perfectly dressed for fall. I didn't get a close look at her boots, but they didn't scream “I belong at a ranch.”

I don't know if seeing her will encourage me to wear my boots to work, but I'm at least thinking about it.

What about you? Could you get away with cowboy boots at your office? Or do you have another piece of clothing you love but would never wear to work?


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