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Doesn't really sound right to me, if your other attire is a 'black dress and patterned jacket' - that sounds "smarter" (more formal?) than doc martins. Very difficult to judge though without knowing how everyone else in your line of work dresses.
Thanks all - it would be for delivering a conference type presentation to a group of peers in my line of work, but outside of my day to day job, where I would happily normally wear them! (Not a police officer as someone asked!!) I might err on the side of caution and where something I love less more formal
It really depends on your workplace (sorry, I know that's not helpful!) I personally would wear DM shoes at mine, but not boots, unless it's Friday when we often dress down a bit. (I work as an in-house lawyer in a tech company - so plenty of scruffy geek engineers about.)
That said, I wore knee high laced cherry DM boots to an anti-bribery conference at a city law firm last week. Felt the need to be vaguely subversive!
I want a pair of black DMs. I do client facing charity work. Lots of the clients are in hoodies etc so DMs would be fine. On Fridays I have to work in a police office tho and Dms would not go down well there, although they say they like my style. I totally get the poster who said they felt the need to be subversive. It is important to show who you are through your dress sense I think. Especially in a cop shop when i am a hippy punk sort and they can all get stuffed with their uniforms and power trips!
I'm a civil servant in London and wear my long DM Red Elena/long brown cleated/long black ones to work paired with leggings and jersey dresses. Not sure if I'd plump for my red parent Clemancies though DMs are bloody fab and so comfy and warm to commute in and what's so great is the sheer range of styles they sell.
Sorry, I'm rambling. MN has re-ignited my love of Docs and now I'm obsessed