5 Boots every man should own.
Summer or Winter, boots are a staple in every man's wardrobe. With so many options available, which one is right for you? Let's find out!!!
Even though boots don’t get as much love as sneakers, they are the most versatile, utilitarian item in any man’s wardrobe. A walk around the block or adventure through wilderness, boots protect your feet from the element and provide warmth. However, not all boots are created equal.
Here is a list of boots every man should own for every occasion.
Work Boots -
These are all-around boots that work well no matter the situation. A good work boot is 6” inch in height, good year welted, built with Full-grain leather and lace-up. The benefit of a good year welt is that it provides water resistance and easily to re-sole. A good work boot will last you a very long time. Work boots are casual boots and should not be worn with the suit, that being said you can definitely wear them with jeans, a casual shirt, and a sports jacket.
Below are some good work boots -
Thursday Boot Co’s - Captains, if you really want US-made boot then choose Vanguard.
Redwing Shoes - Iron Rangers.
Nicks Handmade boots - Serious work boots
Chelsea Boots -
Chelsea’s are sleek slip on’s. They look stylish and can be worn with jeans, trousers, and chinos. Chelsea’s are usually at an ankle length with elastic goring and without lace. They are easily paired with jeans and chinos. Chelsea’s are available in different types of leather. For casual use suede is amazing. Polished leather Chelsea boots can be dressed up with a suit.
Below are some good Chelsea boots -
Thursday Boot Co’s - Cavalier and duke.
Redwing Shoes - Classic Chelsea
Oliver Cabell - Chelsea boot
New Republic - Chelsea boot
Moc-toe Boots -
Moc-toe boots are casual boots and look awesome with jeans. They can be found in 6” inch or 8” inch height, wedged sole made from crepe rubber, good year welted, built with Full-grain leather, and lace-up. Moc-toe’s are built tough and can take a good beating and lost a long time. They usually come with shanks to provide support in the middle of the sole.
Below are some good Moc-toe boots -
Thursday Boot Co’s - The Diplomat
Redwing Shoes - Classic Moc
White’s - Perry
Chukka Boots -
Who said boots are not for summer?. Chukka boots are made for summer and transitional weather. Chukkas can be found at ankle length and a Variety of soles like crepe leather and rubber. Please don't wear them with shorts, instead enjoy them with chinos, jeans, and linen trousers.
Below are some good Chukka boots -
Thursday Boot Co’s - Scout
Redwing Shoes - Weekender Chukka
Clark’s - Desert Boots (Opt for original design)
Dress Boots -
No wardrobe is complete without dress boots. You can not always be in jeans and casual shirts or t-shirt, for those occasions when you have to dress up you need Dress boots. Especially during winter, they provide you warmth and keep your feet happy. A good dress boot is a good year welted, built with Full-grain leather and lace-up. Please note cap-toe and wingtips are great options to look amazing.
Below are some good Dress boots -
Allen Edmond’s - Dress Boot (They have a huge collection to choose from)
Thursday Boot Co’s - Wingtip
Final Thoughts -
You need a boot collection whoever you are. If you get severe winters, boots will save your life. This is a guide to start your boot collection. These are not the only boots available, however, this collection will pretty much cover every scenario you may encounter. Buy quality leather boots. Remember quality above quantity. If you can only buy one boot, start with a work boot.