Mens Boots for Winter 2013
Following on from our Mens Winter Boot guide last year, we look to a refresh with the latest styles and trends to help inspire you and choose the perfect Mens Boots for Winter 2013. Read on, and check out our guide to give yourself a bit of inspiration.
After the warmest summer in a little under a decade, we’ve been told to expect a pretty brutal winter, and its getting towards that time when you might need to grab a few rugged pieces for your wardrobe in order to survive this years cold snap.
A boot constructed from robust materials is essential to be resilient to the frosty & fresh British freeze. Good quality leather will serve you well, as will scotchguarded suede and nubuck, and a thick sole will go far in separating you from the puddles and snow.
There are a few styles of boot which are particularly popular this season, and we’ll take you through these giving you some style examples and footwear options. We could all go to the shops, but its nice having a few boot options in one place!
Mens Hiking Boots
The hiking boot has re-emerged as a winter mainstay due to their functionality in cold climbs as well as their Scandinavian modern explorer-chic. The first are the chestnut brown examples from Spanish brand Pull & Bear. Competitively priced yet oozing outdoorsiness (thats a word, right?) they are made from a combination of cow leather and synthetic upper. They have a chunky EVA sole for exemplary insulation and feature red and brown laces with hiking style eyelets. Team with chunky socks, camel chino’s and a shearling leather jacket with denim shirt underneath for a rugged winter look.
Next up is the statement boot from Topman Design which has a high sided profile, with a cream leather upper showcased on a dark red rubber sole. The boots have additional texture with a padded ankle collar, suede side panels and tongue, and come with brown and cream hiking laces fed through hook eyelets. With a design so fashion forward, keep things simple with skinny dark jeans, and a cream roll neck jumper. Last up are the rich Rioja coloured leather hikers from Car Shoe. The Italian brand is typically stylish in its approach to practicality with the plum wine colour, bringing a lustre to hiking that is not typically seen. They are embossed with the brand logo, and have a ski heritage inspired sole. They don’t just look pretty either, with the thick rubber soles coming with grips in them, large and robust eyelets so you can feed them even with gloves on, and choice of nylon or leather laces depending on preference. These boots look good enough to dress up. Team with navy straight cut jeans, an on trend tweed blazer and chunky knit infinity scarf for a refined (and warm) winter look.
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Pull & Bear Mountain Boots £69.99 Shop Here.
Topman Design Cream Hiking Boots £100 – Shop here.
http://bit.ly/1iXOyRk Car Shoe Leather Hiking Boots £395 – Shop here.
Mens Worker Boots
The worker boot has come to the fore as the preferred rough and ready boot trend for this season, the all round alpha-male undertone which comes with a worker boot is similar to that of the military boot trend from a few seasons ago. Whether it is fixing cars, driving big rigs or mining coal that you imagine when you see a pair, it is this working vibe which underpins the stylish yet functional design. The 100% leather boots from ASOS are appropriately rugged, with a distressed look on the upper to give you a head start at making them appear worked in. They come with ring and hook eyelets with black and grey laces, and a thick synthetic sole. Team with slim dark jeans, cardigan and a workwear jacket to layer up.
The next options are a gem with these suede worker boots from Zara. They are a more fashion led take on a traditional worker boot, incorporating the general elements of a high sided aesthetic, understated colourscheme, robust sole, and diluted military inspiration. These have a particularly fetching grey-brown-plum hue to them, are constructed from 100% cow leather on the upper, with the suede effect giving a pleasant texture to your outfit and are finished off with a thermoplastic rubber sole. Once again a combination of ring and hook eyelet will allow you to keep your feet very much inside the boot. Team with a pair of straight cut indigo jeans and a lumberjack flannel shirt. Finally a heavy duty dark brown example of a worker from Dune which incorporates a leather upper with multi-panelled sections, dual stitch detailing and a feature toecap. The boots are cut a little lower for a modern take on the worker yet maintaining the necessary sturdiness to carry the boot through.
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ASOS Suede Workboots £45 Shop Here.
Zara Suede Ankle Worker Boots £79.99 Shop Here.
Dune Simon Seam Detail Boots £99 Shop Here.
Mens Biker Boots
With the renaissance of leather and denim in recent seasons, biker influence is a big player in this winters fashion trend with boots being no exception. Chunky boots which offer the wearer stability when riding alongside protection from the cold wind make a convincing argument for a spot in your shoe cupboard. River Island’s Distressed Biker takes a traditional approach to the biker boot with an above the ankle boot in black featuring creases, straps and buckles, on the all leather upper, and a rubber sole and with them already looking warn in you could team with some distressed jeans and a leather jacket for a throwback-cool look.
The Dodge boot by Kurt Geiger is another take on the biker, this time in brown. The slouchy leather ankle boot is again made to look worn in with creases and a couple of buckles, leather panels and rugged synthetic sole yet the colourscheme would work with a different outfit altogether. Team with indigo denim, and a different shade denim shirt for an alternative biker look. Jimmy Choo take the biker boot to a whole new level of refinement with the Stanford Leather Biker Boot. Whilst still maintaining the integral parts of a biker boot to showcase the boots which would have provided a practical design basis (still incorporating straps, buckles, rivets and a chunky sole) the Jimmy Choo boots are Italian made from the finest leather upper are also leather lined and make a bold statement with a bold silhouette, which is somewhat more precise than the majority of biker boots on the market. They come with branded dust bags too, since you wouldn’t want to get them too dirty now would you..
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River Island Distressed Biker Boots £65 Shop Here.
Kurt Geiger Dodge £130 Shop Here.
Jimmy Choo Stanford Biker £695 Shop Here.
Mens Upmarket Boots
An upmarket or dress boot is a great way of having a boot in your collection which is able to be worn effortlessly in a number of different settings. They dress up and down really well depending on what they are worn with, and as such it is likely that you will get more wear out of them as a result. Next footwear has come on leaps and bounds in recent seasons, and by utilising quality materials with traditional English silhouettes, Next bring a real flash of quality to their footwear department. The patent brown lace up boots offer the wearer an Italian leather boot at an affordable price and will bring a level of chic to any work outfit or night out ensemble. Team with some sharp cut grey trousers and crisp white shirt for either work or play.
Clarks offers a fantastic range of boots, and the Montacute Lord are a great example. These on trend boots come with brogue detailing, in a dark tan burnished leather with lacing right to the top of the boot and a Harris Tweed lining to add a dash of individuality. Dress the boot up with your dark blue work trousers and a shirt, or be a bit more casual with chinos and a polo. Oliver Sweeney have always had the finest of reputations for mens footwear. The Scanzo Boots in brown showcase a mild military inspiration with high shine leather and toe cap panel alongside hand stitched detailing around the boot upper. The sole has been injected with TPU studs for some extra grip on those slippery paths to maintain your debonair demeanour, in order to get you through the season in style.
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Next Italia Chukka boot £80 Shop Here.
Clarks Montacute Lord Boot £84.99 Shop Here.
Oliver Sweeney Scanzo Boot £325 Shop Here.
Realistically it is worth taking your job, and general fashion habits into consideration when working out which boots to buy, as if you favour smarter attire the upmarket boot would most likely be the most useful, whereas if you live in your leather jacket and flannel shirts 6 days a week, a biker or worker boot might be more your thing. Whatever you select, don’t be afraid to invest as a well made classic boot will last for years and never fall out of fashion!