Sweater weather is finally here, and with it comes a change in footwear.
As ever, boots remain popular this year. But there are three styles that every man should have in his wardrobe this fall.
The dress boot
Contrary to popular belief, a dress boot is not an oxymoron.
In fall – and yes, even winter – a dress boot can be a great complement to your favorite casual or business suit.
They can also be dressed down with dark denim for an upgraded casual look. Since many dress boots are just fancier versions of a work boot, the shoes blend in effortlessly.
Dressed up or down, they’re perfect for most all office environments.
- J Crew
Both shoes are made by legendary American boot makers and perfectly encapsulate the rugged-meets-dressy aesthetic that brogued boots offer.
- Allen Edmonds
Jack Erwin makes a version of the Dalton that is a great compromise between price and quality.
- J Crew
The casual boot
The casual-boot range is where options really widen. Many men wear casual boots exclusively throughout winter and fall. It’s all about keeping your feet warm and being prepared for inclement weather or hiking adventures in style.
Two choices that straddle the line between casual and dress but are generally considered casual are the always-solid Alden Indy and the more niche Chelsea boot, which has recently exploded in popularity.
- Jack Erwin Ellis
- Shoe Mart
For urban hikers, the Danner Mountain Pass lends a more rugged style and can only be dressed down.
The chukka boot
Chukka boots have only gotten more popular in the last five or so years. The shorter ankle style and unstructured nature differentiate them from the casual-boot category.
Most chukka boots are three-season. You won’t want to wear them once the mercury drops and the snow falls, as they’re too thin and short.
Clarks makes the icon, but brands like Ted Baker, L.L. Bean, and Cole Haan have their own versions.