9 best men's boots
Seasons are changing and so should your wardrobe – invest in solid footwear
The end of summer has come, no longer are we strolling in our sandals to drink Pimms at a barbecue, it's time to strap on some boots and plough into a Sunday roast.
We’re in for a chilly few months, so it’s essential to have a pair of boots to trudge through the bad weather in. We’ve tested a wide range of footwear, giving each of them a thorough plodding.
Ranging from classic Chelsea boots to modern monkstrap variations, from Friday night glamour to the early Sunday hike – we’ve got you covered. Each boot has been carefully considered for its style, functionality and price in order to find this year’s can’t miss winter footwear.
Wallabee Boot: £120, Clarks
The Wallabee is a Clarks icon. Since 1967 the unmistakable moccasin build and silhouette have gained cult status and deservedly so. The clean lines and refusal to compromise on quality of materials have made this shoe consistently comfortable and effortlessly stylish.
This edition features suede that is made fully stain and water resistant during the tanning process – meaning you don’t have to splash out at the till for that suede protector. These can be worn to the pub with some old jeans or to a job interview with a new suit.
Whron Chelsea Boot: £160, Ted Baker
Ted Baker’s exemplary status in British fashion is without doubt, their consistently classy yet modern and eclectic collections produce a wardrobe perfect for the gent that wants the little touches to stand out.
The Whron is complete with these little touches, this classic Chelsea boot comes with paisley elastic detail and contrast stitching. The boot is made up primarily of bovine and caprine leather, giving it a durability which makes them a tad uncomfortable to start with, but they are a solid investment.
1460 Pascal Ripple: £180, Dr. Martens
Instantly recognisable, the Dr. Marten boot has been a staple of British fashion for decades. This brand specialises in footwear and takes great pride in the durability of their range; the only survivors of a nuclear apocalypse will be Twinkies, cockroaches and Dr. Marten boots.
The built to last nature of this pair means they take some breaking in, so you may want to google some extreme methods. But the 1460 Pascal Ripple is built on the super comfy Dr. Martens Airwair air-cushioned sole and secured using the incredibly reliable Goodyear welt.
The lifespan of this boot makes it as much an heirloom as a piece of footwear.
Expeditor Ridge 2.0: £76.04, OutdoorGB
A jaunt in the direction of functionality takes us to the formidable Expeditor Ridge 2.0 boots. These walking boots boast shock absorbing EVA Mid-soles that provide underfoot cushioning as well as OPTI-Stud soles for a reliable, sturdy grip.
The boots also come waterproofed to keep your feet dry and breathable. With a new and more appealing design, these are perfect for bracing a winter hike.
Lewis Boot: £149, Kurt Geiger
Our first ultra-winter-proof boot comes courtesy of Kurt Geiger. The Lewis is a classic biker boot which is given a splash of colour from the red contrast laces.
The faux fur lining affords this addition an extra layer of warmth and comfort for those pitch black 6pm December evenings. The Lewis is a casual option that would look great with black jeans and a flannel shirt.
Timberland Premium 6-Inch Boot: £109, Footway
No discussion of men’s boots would be complete without the inclusion of Timberland. The iconic boot transitioned from workwear to fashion statement in the 70s and has been a favourite in New York and worldwide ever since.
These built to last boots include the TimberDry waterproof membrane to stave off podiatric puddles and PrimaLoft insulation to fight off the cold. Complete the classic look with cuffed stonewashed denim jeans.
Tan Suede Mount Zip Boots: £55, Topman
This suede inclusion from high street favourite Topman features a side zip ideal for those who can't be bothered to tie laces.
The clean, minimalist silhouette and super sleek zip make these a perfect Friday night footwear option. Avoid a fashion faux pas by steering clear of matching suede with leather.
The North Face Storm Strike WP: £61.95, SnowInn
This lightweight hiking boot from explorer staple The North Face features everything you need for an uphill trek.
The inclusion of the TPU snake plate offers the wearer advanced underfoot protection without comprising flexibility, whilst the waterproofing and compression molded midsole ensures you’ll be comfortable struggling up Snowdon.
Siro: £120, Aldo
This modern take on the monkstrap comes in an equine friendly jodhpur style. The Siro is undoubtedly our smartest inclusion and is as stylish as it its comfortable. The monkstrap grabs the eye and the svelte silhouette adds instant gravitas.
These boots are ideal for an open collar smart casual look. They may require a bit more TLC than the rest of our picks, but that’s the price you pay for quality.
The Verdict: Best Men's Boots
A new pair of boots is often an expensive investment –you need to be able to get a lot of wear out of them. With this in mind we believe you can’t get any more value for your money than the Wallabee Boot by Clarks.
The super comfortable, instant break-in feel of the boot, combined with their high quality materials and sartorial versatility makes this a pair that you can wear no matter the occasion or weather.
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