My employer allows us to wear jeans M-F, with Friday being sweatshirts and t-shirts.
In my effort to be efficient and maximize my barn time afterwork, I wore my favorite riding jeans (cleaned, just out of the washer) and riding boots to work one day.
I "cleaned" my boots up by making sure no debris was stuck in the tread or along the seam of the sole. I also applied a fresh coat of saddle soap to them.
Here is what I learned that day.
If you ride bareback without a pad in 90 degree weather and your horse sweats through your jeans, that stain doesn't necessarily wash out in All Temperature Cheer.
No amount of spit and polish on your boots will remove the smell. They may look good, but they will still smell like a stall.
You will first realize these two truths during an executive meeting when the president of the company questions the odor he keeps smelling and when you get up to fetch a bottle of water and someone (who has no tact to begin with) asks why your bum and inside seam is a darker shade than the jeans.
There is a rumor that HR will now update our corporate dress code to read something like, "all clothing worn to work must be for the sole purpose of work and not extracurricular activities."
I work with a bunch of funny executives.
Further lesson learned: don't get dress in a dimly lit closet so you don't disturb your still sleeping husband by turning the lights on.