Every Pair Of Boots You’ll Need (Yes, Need) This Season
And just like that, autumn is upon us – that in-between time of year when we’re all slightly confused about what to wear (and our overall mood, for that matter). One day it’s warm enough to wear just a layer or two; the next, you need a down jacket. Either way, with winter bearing down on us, it’s time to embrace knitwear, coats, accessories and that one item that’s been packed away in a dust bag for months: your winter boots. In need of an upgrade? From smart Chelsea boots such as TOM FORD’s to hiking-inspired styles from outdoor specialist Diemme and more or less formal lace-ups, you’re spoilt for choice at MR PORTER. To help you pick, here is an edit of our current favourites.
The classic Chelsea boots
If there is one style of boot that truly earns the term “essential”, it is surely the Chelsea boot. Sturdy yet easy to pull on and off and versatile enough to be worn with both casual and smarter looks, it has been a mainstay in any style-conscious guy’s wardrobe ever since they gained popularity in the 1960s. Need some inspiration? Made from brown leather, Brunello Cucinelli’s take on the style sticks to the classic formula. Meanwhile, Common Projects’ suede ones are fitted with a flexible rubber sole and sit on the slightly sportier side. If you’re feeling adventurous, try TOM FORD’s – they’re set on stacked heels and made from glossy croc-embossed leather.
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Made for the outdoors
When the weather demands that you to take your outfit up a notch, our advice is to start from the ground up. The ideal pair of boots should be both sturdy and stylish and suitable for a wide range of terrain. ROA’s pair fits the bill. With its Vibram Megagrip soles and hiking-inspired lacing system, it’s ideal for all outdoor adventures. At the smarter end of the spectrum, Officine Creative’s Artik and Grenson’s Brady styles will complement any smart-casual look.
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Lace-up boots, three ways
The term “lace-up” could describe a huge selection of boots, from military-style commandos to pared-back ranger styles, so narrowing down the category to just a few pairs was no easy task. As for which pair you choose, that depends on the rest of your wardrobe. Bottega Veneta’s, for instance, are designed to sit above the ankle, which makes them a great choice with cuffed and straight-leg trousers, while CELINE HOMME’s pair, detailed with the brand’s logo in metal studs, are a little more playful. Opting for something smarter? Yuketen’s pair – part of our exclusive capsule collection from New York style insiders Throwing Fits – are a great choice.