As we leave the confines of winter and descend into spring, it’s an ideal time to start thinking about putting away those wellingtons and grabbing yourself a boot made of anything but rubber.
With such a versatile range of options available when it comes to the world of boots, it’s a wonder that more men don’t partake; well, excused be damned, because now you’ll have no reason not to find yourself a stylish looking pair thanks to my introductory guide.
Dress boots come in many different shapes, sizes and materials. Be it slip-ons, laces or buckles, dress boots look great in all but the most formal of situations and are a fantastic option for the vast majority of men. Just ensure you don’t grab an inelegant, clomping sole and remember to keep things simple and uncluttered for the optimum look.
Also known as dealer boots, the Chelsea is recognizable through its elasticized (or zip) siding and its ankle-height length. Popularised during the mod scene of 1960s Britain, these tight fitting wonders look great paired with just about any piece of legwear.
Anything to avoid? Well, unless you’re going for the ‘gangsta pimpin’ look, I’d avoid anything in crocodile or leopard print…
Sometimes called turf-boots, are usually made of suede and were made popular during the 1940s and 1950s. Great with casual clothing, you must remember not to get these boots wet, lest you wish to ruin their nap.
These military boots are the king of grip, ankle stability and all-weather conditions. That said, they’re big, black, heavy and far too inelegant for most occasions. While great for hiking, these shouldn’t be your first choice in the fashion stakes unless you’re into a very particular ‘scene’.
Top Tip: Remember to treat your boots as good as your shoes. Don’t forget they need polishing and brushing just the same, so don’t forget to bring home enough polish or wax for both.