Mens Winter Boots 2016: Rise of the Footsoldier
With the sudden plummet in temperatures here in the UK, chances are you’ve had to have a rethink or two about your footwear. While changing up your wardrobe for the upcoming season is nothing new, it can be particularly tricky in the winter. We handpick some of the best Mens Winter Boots for 2016.
Chances are you’re going to be socialising a lot more before Christmas, so as well as thinking practically, you’re also going to need something on point that can double up as workwear and night-out-wear. Here are some of our boot suggestions for the cooler months!
While it might not be your first thought when looking for a pair of winter boots, hiking boots are a genuinely viable option this season. Not only do they offer untold levels of comfort and ankle support but brands these days are ensuring that styling doesn’t get skimmed over either. Plus, Chelsea boots aren’t going to cut it when you’re away in the countryside for the weekend.
A great example of a hiking boot where the styling is just as important as the build is this Rainier Remastered by New Balance. Based on the classic HL710 boot which ascended Mt. Everest, the Rainier Remastered is lightweight yet ultra-supportive, featuring a premium leather/mesh upper for enhanced breathability and durability as you trek through rugged terrain. It’s also fairly priced at £130!
The Boat Builder from Rockport is another option if you want something a little more traditional. An adiPRENE sole makes these as comfortable as comfortable can be and the addition of Hydro-Shield means your feet will never be wet.
While you might be more familiar with the Derby as a silhouette with a low profile, you can find them around elongated. The round-toed, open-laced boots in polished leather is perfect for urban Joes who aren’t too concerned about warmth but very much care about keeping dry and staying on point.
Something like these Caterpillar Brown Leather Ankle Boots will do the job and they won’t break the bank either. Made from a full grain suede leather upper and a nylon mesh, thi classic 3 eyelet derby boot is suitable for essentially any wearing occasion with a styling more subtle than typical CAT rugged boots, but still plenty of CAT DNA. Featuring dark brown top stitching, debossed logo motifs and stud detailing on the laces, the Caterpillar Brown Leather Ankle Boots are a bargain at £76.
One of the most versatile boots you can get this season is undoubtedly the Chelsea boot. If you get the right pair, you can use a Chelsea with a suit during the day and change into a pair of slim cut jeans in the evening without having to find alternative footwear.
We like the KG Guildford in Tan by Kurt Keiger for £79. Delivered in a warm shade of tan, the Guildford makes a dapper upgrade to the classic Chelsea boot and features contrast dark-brown elasticated side gores, durable outsole and rear pull tab. The perfect all-rounder.
For Joes who rarely opt for trainers, a pair of brogues is probably the most casual they can get. Which is why the Brogue boot hybrid is a great solution for the wetter months ahead with higher ankles and rubberised soles to keep out the damp and the chill.
It goes with saying that Barbour have plenty of options when it comes to country wear and therefore come into their own in the winter. The Barbour Belsay Boots are Derby-style brogue boots with a 7 eyelet lace up design and classic brogue detailing around the toe for a contemporary boot with traditional style. The leather upper and Barbour’s signature waxed cotton canvas to the heel, along with pull loops, make this boot perfect at £130.
Leather Chukka Boots
And last but certainly by no means least, don’t forget the chukka boot… or specifically the leather chukka boot. The versatility and simplicity of a chukka would be a tragedy to lose in the cooler months, so all you need to do is simply get a pair with more seasonally-appropriate leather.
Our pick would be this Ledgehill in Brown leather by Rockport for £84. Hard-wearing and stable, Rockport’s Ledgehill boots are constructed with adiPrene EVA footbeds for some much need shock absorption in the heel and flexible forefoot cushioning to improve push off. The padded collars and tongues add comfort, and importantly, the full-grain leather uppers are easy enough to clean and maintain, which means these boots are more of an investment.
Sometimes just form doesn’t matter and you need something for battling through the elements. When there is masses of snow or water on the ground then look no further than these ‘Citizen’ Keen waterproof boots. Mixing Urban and Biker there isn’t much which will keep you warmer and dryer this winter. Grab them now on the Keen website.
There we have it. Our very best Mens Winter Boots for 2016. Have your own favourites, then just let us know below!