When you hear the term “men’s boots,” do you immediately think of heavy steel-toed work boots? Or maybe rugged hiking boots? Combat boots?
Sure, those are all great boots.
But how often do you think about casual or dress boots? And how much do you know about them?
We’re here to school you on the topic. Here’s the first thing you need to know:
Men’s Boots Come in Many Different Styles
That’s because men have different needs and preferences in their boots.
So let’s take a look at six different types of men’s boots that are ideal for every day. Depending on what your every day holds, of course.
1. The Chelsea Boot
The Chelsea is an easy and convenient slip-on boot. Yet, even though they’re easy to slip on and off, they’re still considered elegant and classy.
The Chelsea boot is a timeless classic and a great choice for first-timers to the boot world.
These men’s boots can be worn casually or with suits. And you can adapt them to fit your needs, such as if you want a cap-toe or decorative perforations known as broguing, for instance.
One of the special features of this boot is that it has inserts that are easily recognizable. Particularly if you choose a red, green or blue insert to give it your own personal style.
If the Chelsea is your first boot, you’d be well advised to go with something darker, like a deep or chocolate brown. Maybe go with some broguing and a cap toe so it can be worn in both a casual and formal way.
And if wearing suits in the evening is a regular event, you might even consider black Chelsea boots.
If you’re already a seasoned boot owner, then you can consider being a bit less conservative. Try out a suede Chelsea boot in an interesting hue like burgundy or even blue.
2. The Chukka or Desert Boot
A soft boot typically made with unlined leather, the Chukka is really comfortable. It’s great for casual affairs since it pairs easily with denim, corduroy or khakis. Because it’s unlined though, it doesn’t hold up well in colder winter weather.
These boots tend to fall on the shorter side too. So if you’re into eye-catching socks, the Chukka pairs well with them. Especially if you’re going to pin roll your jeans.
Since it can be so easily dressed down, the Chukka is much more appropriate for casual wear than it is for formal wear. They would not be ideal with a formal suit or tuxedo.
The desert boot is a Chukka with a slightly different style. They have either 2 or 3 pairs of eyelets and the sole is made of rubber instead of leather. They also have highly visible stitching around the sole that gives them a more casual look.
If you’re looking for true versatility, go with a dark brown or a chocolate brown. You could also go with a lighter color like camel or sand if you really want to reinforce that casual look.
3. The Jodhpur Boot
Originating from India, and once used primarily for horseback riding, the main characteristic of the Jodhpur is the buckle. And there are many variations of it.
Jodhpurs are flat boots with no broguing. These boots are renowned for their clean, classic and elegant lines and work well with casual or flannel suits, sports coat combinations, jeans, chinos and even leather jackets.
Yet they can also be paired with a regular suit as well.
If you have a need to take your boots on and off throughout the day, the Jodhpur is not ideal since you’ll have to mess with the buckle. But if you’re not in that much of a rush, then it’s a versatile choice.
4. The Balmoral Boot
The Balmoral is a class dress boot that pairs well with formal outfits in navy, charcoal or grey. Think of it as the Oxford shoe version of a boot.
It’s also the ideal boot for anything from a three-piece suit to a morning coat to a stroller suit. It’s not well-suited for tweed, chinos or corduroys. And certainly not denim.
The Balmoral is the perfect boot for winter because it’ll keep your feet warm, even if you live in a moderate climate.
A good place to start with the Balmoral is in black with a black suede insert. You could also have a contrasting insert in beige or off-white. Additional choices include brown, burgundy, or other colors.
5. The Lace-Up Boot
The lace-up boot is essentially an ankle-high version of the dress shoe. When you’re looking for something a bit more casual, it’s a great alternative to the Balmoral.
The lace-up boot functions well as casual wear. But you could use black ones for professional occasions. A formal lace-up boot is traditionally made of patent leather, but sleek black lace-up boots work well too.
Since lace-up boots are so similar to dress shoes, they share a simple yet classy look that pairs well with a good suit. And they add a touch of class to tired or unoriginal outfits.
6. The Winter Boot
We’re not talking about the all-purpose polyester boot. Those are men’s boots that work well for trudging through snow and ice. But they’re pretty utilitarian and aren’t going to pair well with any suit.
If you live in a cold climate, you’ll need winter dress boots. These will look like regular boots, but have a sheepskin or lamb skin lining to keep your feet insulated and warm.
The winter boot isn’t a specific style. Winter boots come in many different styles. You could, for instance, get something that looks like a Balmoral, but has a warm lining.
Keep in mind, though, that the winter boot often carries a high ticket price. But it’s well worth it if you live in a cold climate.
So that’s your basic run-down of men’s boots for casual and not-so-casual work days and evenings.
Now that you know, get out there and show off your style, and if you have any questions, feel free to send us a message!