Winter boots are one of the most important but yet undervalued transitions to the autumn/winter seasons. Most people pay attention to their footwear during the spring/summer season as it is easily the statement piece for some but as the leaves start falling and the cold kicks in, the jacket becomes the statement piece. In all honesty, it should be number one as the versatility and aura of style is mostly made by your jackets but why should you then pay less attention to your footwear and what makes you believe you can’t make two statement pieces work?
This article focuses on my top winter boots and how you can make it work with your wardrobe. These boots can all be paired with your suits all the way to your casual outfits when heading to the pub. They can even be the different between classing your outfit as formal or casual.
The Chelsea Boots
Chelsea boots are the equivalent of versatility. I believe everyman no matter your profession on style genre should own these boots. They pair perfectly with a rock ‘n’ roll look, workman look, British country style look, smart casual, and as far as a full suited outfit. They have a simple and classic feel to it with an elegant take, making it widely accepted by all type of stylists. These boots are statement pieces that don’t upset or overshadow any other part of your outfit which makes then an easy choice for any guy who isn’t even particular about his style.
I like to pair my chelsea boots with high length trousers so a bit of the elastic gore is exposed and I pair them with jeans, chinos and smart trousers. I will avoid baggy fits or extra long trousers which can upset the slim fitting of the shoes. You can also roll up your trousers to show the boots or tuck your skinny jeans/trousers into the boots.
Lastly, my preferred suede colours are olive chelsea boots with a burgundy elastic gore, Tan chelsea boots with an olive elastic gore or Black/Navy chelsea boots with a burgundy elastic gore. And in leather, keep it tan, black or dark brown.
The Toe-Cap Laced Boots
Inspired by the military boots, these winter boots are another great and adaptable footwear for your wardrobe. Might not be as versatile as the chelsea boots but they bring more of a smart and rugged look to your outfit. Being inspired by the military boots, they are fit for snow, wind, rain and extremely cold weather with its high/medium length and the strong leather used in its development. But the toe cap instantly created a smarter and elegant feel to it which gives it a more adaptable character.
Such boots can be paired with chinos or cropped trousers preferably rolled up to allow for the laces to be seen especially when of a different colour to the boots. These can be paired with a relaxed formal wear, smart casual, country style looks are also a good alternative.
My Preferred colours in leather will be black and dark brown and in suede you can go for olive, navy, tan and brown.
The Brogue Boots
As shoes, brogues are less versatile and adaptable as when transformed into boots. Most people see them as formal but a stylish and crafted boot can never be seen as too formal. And by this, I mean boots with designs and patterns to it. In this case, they add formal classicism to the boots making it versatile for different occasions. These boots give your outfit a good amount of depth and detail without upsetting the style genre you are going for. Once again I refer wearing them with cropped trousers or folded trousers as these boots are ones which shouldn’t be covered.
But one style trick to these boots is that they are suitable for dress-down Fridays and conservative occasions as you can easily lay your trousers over them and have them seem as normal brogues.
In leather, my preferred colours are burgundy, tan and black and in suede I will opt for olive, navy and dark brown.
The Zip Boots
I consider these to be the most dressy and formal out of all these boots but yet, they still have a touch of versatility to them as you can pair with outfits for casual occasions. These boots have an extremely sleek and sophisticated look to them and can be considered similar to those worn in the medieval ages but with a more modern and contemporary design and fitting to it. They are adorable and fit perfectly with a suit and black-tie event. One thing that also makes it versatile is the zip as they make the boots extremely adaptable.
These boots can be worn with cable-knit socks and zipped half-way for a more relaxed and casual feeling. They are perfect for tucked in jeans, chinos or trousers while having the zip lowered and when going formal you can cover up the boots with your suit trousers or pair them with cropped suit trousers. You should keep your colours dark, preferably all black.
The Wellington Boots
I must admit my annoyance to why these boots are so under appreciated by men. They are waterproof, specifically made for muddy and rainy weather and a top choice for the snow. Yes they are specifically seen as outdoor boots but they pair nicely with every single outfit you have on and they are extremely suitable and stylish. The can withstand any sort of weather and protect your trousers from splashes and stains and unlike other boots, they are ready to take whatever dirt that comes on them. The length sizes are subjective but I will recommend buying “Wellies” that are start at shin area for comfort. One important take from them is that they will never un out of fashion as they will forever be useful and essential as they are designed to offer protection and comfort during downpour.
The Biker Boots
You’ve got your biker look for autumn and you’re the new style icon in town but then when the winter kicks in and you need to move to your boots, you get stuck on choice? These should be your go to boots if anything. They pair perfectly with your biker jackets, aviator jackets, Leather jackets of all kinds, Bomber Jackets and your coats. They are the most casual of all boots so I recommend you pair them with skinny trousers or denim trousers that can easily tuck into them. But alter to suit your wardrobe style.
You can easily slot this on to the local corner shop or wear them to an occasion in your edgy yet sophisticated look. I will get any rugged looking colour as it embraces the biker feel which I assume to be your reason for purchasing these boots.
You should aim for boots with robust soles that are suitable for the winter seasoned roads and streets and ensure the material is durable enough to withstand the temperatures. One thing you should strongly consider is that make sure any purchase suits your wardrobe style or can be accommodated with what you own but be aware that rules are made to be shattered.
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