Mens Winter Boots
Dont get cold feet about keeping your feet warm and dry, follow me on a Mens Winter Boot masterclass for 2012. Styles, options and must-haves for every occasion.
Check out the latest, 2013 trends in Mens Boots.
As winter fast approaches (or is it here already?) it is that time of year to put the sneakers in the cupboard to hibernate. This season sees four real style contenders for ‘boots you need to own 2012’. As the UK throws all it has at us, and it gets wetter, muddier and potentially snowy, I shouldn’t need to tell you that anything which is not waterproof and made to be hardwearing, aka mesh, canvas etc are not going to hold up to the elements.
On those wetter days your footwear needs to reflect this. You need thick leather which is treated to be waterproof, bonded plastic and a good grip and high cut alongside a chunky sole to insulate you from the floor. On the dryer days you can afford to be a little more adventurous and have a boot in your proverbial locker that is more fashion forward, with a lower cut style. But worry not, whatever the weather there should be a boot for you.
Traditional Mens Lace-up Boots
A classic lace up boot can come in many shapes and sizes. This season seems to be a nod to the classic brogue in boot form from the likes of the Topman shown below, or a slightly edgier Base London with contrasting materials. If you are more of a rocker, or you are partial to more of a military vibe you may prefer something along the lines of the Diesel Leather boots. I’m quite partial to Topman’s offering with a modern twist on the traditional with the bold thick white sole displayed.
Top to Bottom:
Topman “LOAKE” Burford Brogue Boots at Topman – £165.00.
Base London Columbus Lace Up Boots – £99.00.
Diesel Unplagged Washed Leather Boots at ASOS – £165.00.
Mens Chukka Boots
Autumn 2012 sees the emergence of the Chukka. The name Chukka comes from the polo term for the periods of play. This casual boot combines the everyday wear of a trainer with the chunky reassurance of a boot, with a cut away style that is not too invasive compared to a high cut boot. Ideally wear with some patterned socks and some cropped chinos or jeans. I have a bit of a penchant for all of the below and can’t really pick a favourite for those dryer days. The suede texture of the navy tone H by Hudson would look great with a muted outfit of creams and greys. Add a bit more warmth with the Lacoste Chukkas as it is a great shade for winter. Perhaps team up with some dark denim skinny jeans and a cream cable knit for transitional autumnal/wintery outfit. The Zara boots bring a bit more contrast, with both style and fabric. With moccasin fronted design and a slightly higher cut boot design, and the combination of flat and brushed leather, and texture round the ankles. Team with denim, a check shirt, chunky knit scarf and gilet for a bit of an ’urban explorer’ look.
Top to Bottom:
H by Hudson Crowe Chukka Boots at Selfridges – £100.00.
Lacoste Chukka Boots at Office – £84.99.
Zara Chukka Boots at Zara – £59.99.
Mens Fashion Hiking Boots
For the grimmest, wettest and snowiest days that Britain can provide, it may be an investment to have a pair of stylish yet robust boots suitable in any situation. Like all things in life, the more you spend the better the boot will be. I’ve picked out four of the most qualified boots for your delectation. First up is the 6 inch moccasin toed offering from Timberland. All the boots from this range are not only waterproof but environmentally friendly as they are made from recycled materials. They have anti fatigue properties, and are made for comfort durability and long lasting wear. This design would work well with a sleek look, with chino’s and a long resin coated cotton trench coat. The second pair selected are the Sorel Cheyenne boots which I love. The contrasting laces add a pop of colour, the boots are fully waterproof, and funky and modern in design. I would team with chunky socks, chunky knit scarf and quilted jacket and bobble hat. Next come the Alpine hikers which are far less showy in design, but ultimately just as functional. They seem to me like a much more grown up boot, in an understated rugged kind of way. Finally, for the winter trudge around town we have the ‘Iopena’ lace up duck boot from Ted Baker. They come across as a proper winter boot, but you do not need to compromise in the style stakes. They combine a leather upper with a waxed canvas base, and come with a suitably thick and robust crepe-look rubber sole to keep you and that cold pavement separated. The heavy stitching and salt and pepper laces add a certain authenticity to them, and I feel of all the boots featured they best blend the line between function and fashion, suitable for all but the most hardcore of day to day urban terrain. Dress these with a geometric patterned chunky jumper & skinny cords or cotton trousers. With them being my favourites, we will be fully reviewing the ‘Iopena’ in the near future.
Top to Bottom:
Timberland Men’s Earthkeepers Rugged 6-Inch WP Moc Toe Boot at Timberland Online – £150.00.
Sorel CHEYENNE Lace Boots at Topman – £128.00.
Timberland Earthkeepers Alpine Hiker at Timberland Online – £190.00.
Ted Baker Iopena at Ted Baker Online – £150.00.
Mens Desert Boots
The mens desert boot have been popular for the last season or so, and this season shows some decent offerings. Clarks are showing off an increasingly great range of smart and casual shoes encompassing the higher end of the high street, and with a strong heritage in their specialist field you can’t help but believe they know what they’re doing. I love the blue-y grey tone of these, and their angular sloping nature, and I see them going with just about anything. The second pair called ‘woody’ (much like the amber toned chukkas above) are a warm tone to defrost those frost-nipped toes, and are great juxtaposition of textures with the smooth leather and suede – Not for a wet day mind you. My final offering are the rather delightful ‘Oscar’ boots from Grenson. The ochre colour scheme seems just right for the British autumn. You see the colour every day in October and November in any tree lined street in the country, and it has a warmth and depth to it, in contradiction to the dull grey of our skies and pavements.
Top to Bottom:
Clarks Originals Suede Desert Boots at Clarks – £79.00.
Topman “WOODY” Desert Boots at Topman – £50.00.
Grenson Oscar Suede Desert Boots at Mr Porter – £185.00.
There we have it, a pretty complete run down on the 2012 season Mens Winter Boots. No matter on your style of choice, or occasion you are sure to find something that suits you. Let me know what you decide to buy to get you through winter!
And if you liked this, check out handpicked Mens Cable Knit Sweaters and my Suit School. DS
Check out the latest, 2013 trends in Mens Winter Boots.