Winter Boots – Rise of the Foot Soldier
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.
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.
A great example of a hiking boot where the styling is just as important as the build is this Moncler Mattherhorn Tumbled Leather Hiking Boot. The label of choice for European climbers and skiers since 1952, this Moncler hiking boot is constructed with full grain leather uppers that will keep Joes warm and dry on the rainier days, while the Vibram sole keeps things comfortable. They’re not cheap at £539 but we did find them on sale for a more attractive £325.
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.
We love these Ted Baker TORSDI2 Classic Derby Boot. The soft leather ankle boots are finished with contrast stitching and patterned soles, so they’re ideal for Joes who want to step up their relaxed look. We like them in all-Black, which come in at £120.
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.
One great example of this is this Timberland Earthkeepers Stormbuck Chelsea Boot. Constructed from premium burnished waterproof full-grain leather, the anti-fatigue midsole and removable foot-bed provides all day comfort. The Stormbuck Chelsea boots will set Joes back £130.
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 Desert Boots
And last but certainly by no means least, don’t forget the desert boot… or specifically the leather desert boot. The versatility and simplicity of a desert 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.
For something simple and effective, we like these Selected Homme Black Leather Desert Boots. Sturdy but still comfortable, they offer the ideal middle ground between smart and practical. You grab a pair for a very thrifty £54.99.