Not sure what constitutes as appropriate footwear outside of thongs and ugg boots? Following, you’ll find an essential guide to boots for your autumn/winter wardrobe.
Timeless and versatile, Chelsea boots are the go-to footwear option. From their humble beginnings as the footwear choice for Aussie farmers to their presence on the runways of Milan, Chelsea boots remain an essential footwear staple.
Needless to say, leather is a must. For something a little more casual, go for the almond toe, while those who want to rock a sharper look should opt for a chiselled toe.
Weekends are made for Chelsea boots- simply added slim-fit jeans (with a subtle fading through the thighs), a jacket (denim, leather or anorak), finish with a fedora and you’re good to go.
Equally as easy is workwear styling. Style your boots with slim black chinos that just cover the top of the boots. Layer up a shirt and v-neck jumper, complete with a mid-length coat, and you’ll be ready for the day.
Exuding a rugged, masculine style, leather hiking boots are just as practical as they are stylish. The classic silhouette means these boots can be taken from hiking trails to paved footpaths with ease and stand the test of time when it comes to durability.
If you’re going to be wearing your boots in more urban settings, looking for a slim sole rather than a chunky, high contrast sole. Drop crotch jeans work well with hiking boots and an oversized shawl cardigan for casual Saturdays, while slim chinos, brown boots and a fitted navy cardigan (which a tie if you’re feeling the accessories) is just as perfect for smart-casual wear.
Leather desert boots
A classic silhouette and a timeless choice, the leather desert boot is the essential autumn/winter footwear option. It’s sleek and refined, exuding a modern edge, and, not to mention, damn comfortable.
When wearing desert boots, it’s essential to take note of your trouser length. Your pants should just skim the top of the boots, slightly covering the topline. A navy two-piece suit complete with deep brown desert boots has you covered from 9-5 while olive chinos, tan desert boots and a grey shawl cardigan will see you through the weekend.
Derby boots give you the freedom to play with colours and fabrics. While Chelsea boots and hiking boots work best with in smooth leather, derby boots lend themselves to a suede upper.
These rounded toe beauties grace every fashionable men’s blog, Instagram page and office floor. Stick to ‘wintery’ colours such as grey, taupe, black, and khaki when purchasing.
Derby boots allow you to channel your inner vintage Sean Connery- so pair them with a tweed coat jacket and slim brown chinos for a revived James Bond appeal.
The simplicity of these boots allows them to be effortlessly paired with layered outfits. A white shirt with a grey jumper, charcoal coat, cream scarf, taupe chinos and brown derby shoes is a smart and sharp look that can be mixed and matched for work through to the weekend.