knee-high boots and business casual attire by Alison Green on December 8, 2010 A reader writes: I know you answer mostly work behavioral questions, but I have a question regarding attire. I work at a hospital (not as a health provider) that requires business casual attire. Now that the weather’s getting really chilly, I want to wear boots, knee high boots in particular. I’m not talking about patent leather, spiky heel, thigh highs, but just a tall boot that helps keep the legs warm. Something like the ones here. What is your opinion on boots for business casual attire? If only you knew how very much not equipped I am to answer fashion questions. And the last time I answered one, I had to shut down the comment section (a historical first) because things became so contentious But in any case … in general, I think that knee-high boots are totally appropriate for business casual, as long as you’re not wearing them with a micro-mini skirt. (They can also be appropriate for more formal environments. Check out this picture of Condoleeza Rice.) However, the ones you linked to in particular are over-the-knee boots, which I think takes them into a different category of edgy, one that’s too much for a lot of business casual environments. But if they stopped at the knee, I think you could wear them without any worry. Anyone want to present an anti-boot argument? You may also like:where’s the line between pretty clothes and professional clothes?how can I ask my coworkers to stop talking about politics, interview shoes when it’s snowy, and moreif everyone dresses casually at my new job, can I still wear a suit and tie?