I'm not a stickler for one way of presenting oneself on the ice over another. What is the reason given by most skaters for the over the boot look?
In any case, what's wrong with more variety depending on overall outfit, i.e., wearing tan boots, pink boots, red boots, blue boots, or even black boots for ladies too re whatever goes with the overall costume/ look. Why is it so ingrained that white boots exclusively are for the ladies? I noticed that Aliona Savchenko sometimes wears tan boots to go with her costumes.