Are cowboy boots appropriate at the office?

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Dear Ms. Corporate Manners, 
I wear cowboy boots most of the time when I am not working, and I have a pair of really nice dress boots that I would like to wear. I wasn’t sure if I am allowed to wear them to work. Would I be allowed? If not, what kind of boots would be appropriate to wear to the office? 
Thanks, 
Confused

Dear Confused,
It’s not a question of what’s allowed but what’s appropriate. What do your customers expect? Conservative, mid-rise, non-Western dress boots, sure. But hand-tooled, ostrich-hide, pointy-toed Tony Lamas? Save them for your after-hours life, pardner.
Sincerely,
Ms. Corporate Manners

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