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Essential Boot Style Guide: The EDIT

Essential Boot Style Guide: The EDIT

A black leather brogue boot on a wooden stand

There has never been a more diverse time in menswear. From throwback 90’s streetwear on a Friday night to a dapper bespoke suit on Monday morning, it’s easier than ever before to express yourself through what you wear. And now that autumn is in full swing it’s good to see that’s it’s no different with the boots on your feet.

This style guide is for anyone who is on the hunt for their next favourite pair of winter boots. I’ll cover the five most popular styles in menswear right now and where to get them. Whether you are going for a dapper brogue boot look or experimenting with trainer boots, there is a boot style for everyone.

Chelsea Boots

Timeless. Elegant. Effortlessly stylish. The Chelsea boot is a staple of men’s footwear that never goes out of style. One of the best things about Chelsea boots is their versatility. From formal suits to on-trend designer outfits, the best Chelsea boots go with just about everything.

Soles vary from rubber, crepe to leather and each one dictates the level of formality of the boot. For suits and formal outfits stick to black and brown leathers with a thin leather sole. But for casual looks, you are going to want to take advantage of the endless suede colour options. Suede Chelsea boots pair very nicely with slim-cut denim and trousers for a polished look.

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Cream suede Chelsea bootsBrown suede chelsea bootsBlack suede chelsea boots

American Work Boots

A model in brown leather worker boots holding a brown leather rucksack

American work boots are an iconic menswear piece that every man should have in his closet. This timeless style takes us back to the days of steelworkers, iron ore miners and railroad workers.

Brands like Red Wing, Wolverine and Thorogood pride themselves in offering handcrafted designs that have truly stood the test of time.

Authentic American-made work boots are one of the few footwear pieces in your closet that will actually look better the more you beat them up. The full grain leather uppers will develop a patina over time.

Each scuff and scratch will look like an earned battle scar that tells a story. The cork footbed and leather uppers will mould to your feet and become more comfortable each day you put them on.

Pulling off American work boots is easy. You can wear wedge sole boots with selvedge denim for a classic American workwear look or pair your boots with trousers for a creative take on casual wear.

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Brown leather worker bootsRust coloured worker bootsYellow suede worker boots

Trainer Boots

One can’t deny the recent rise in popularity of the trainer. From the comeback of classic kicks to the latest chunky-sole trend, trainers are the hottest thing in footwear right now.

So it can come to no surprise that 2018 has introduced the trainer boot as the next must-have in winter footwear.

The trainer boot has everything we love about trainers with the utility of a winter boot. Luxury brands such as Gucci and Prada lead the trend with chunky trainer-boot hybrids and tech-inspired Chelsea boots.

Those on a budget can get in on this trend as big retailers like ASOS offer less expensive trainer boot options of their own.

Trainer inspired boots are like a game of mix-and-match. They blend trainer soles with classic boot style elements such as hiking boot lacing and work boot leather panelling on the uppers. The result is a unique take on current popular trends that is winter-ready.

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GUCCI Flashtrek leather high-top trainersTan Nubuck trainer boots with a chunky solePRADA trainer boots

Hiking Boots

Brown leather hiking boots

The hiking boot style is known for its speed-lace hooks, one-piece leather uppers, and thick lugged rubber outsoles.

The entire style is heavily inspired by vintage mountaineering and Nordic skiing boot styles. Masculine and bold, these boots pair well with casual outfits with a rugged edge.

Let’s be honest, today’s hiking boots are a bit more style than utility. Although brands like Fracap and Diemme offer retro hiking designs you won’t really want to scale a mountain with them. But you can at least conquer your day around the city in them and look damn good doing it.

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M120 Scarponcino Vaccheta Yellow Leather BootsBrown DIEMME hiking boots with red lacesDANNER Mountain Light Black Boot

Brogue Boots

Brogue boots are an essential dress boot for those who are ready to graduate to a more mature look. Refined and masculine, brogue boots are defined by the creative brogue designs on their toe caps and uppers.

If purchasing your very first dress boot than a nice pair of brogues are the way to go. Brogues are a semi-formal boot that can be dressed up or down. Like the Chelsea boot, the level of formality depends on the sole type and leather colour.

You can’t go wrong with a classic black or brown leather brogue boot with a nice leather sole. But brands like Grenson are creatively pushing the pace by adding wedge soles and other workwear-inspired elements to an otherwise dressy boot.

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