Bonfire night, chestnuts, autumnal walks… and putting on a new pair of boots. We know that men’s boots are more than just footwear; they’re something to look forward to when the seasons change.
That’s why we’ve decided to put together this boot guide for men – know your chukkas’ from your Chelsea boots and be sole-savvy when it’s time to invest in some new ones.
The jodhpur boot is the original riding boot, recognizable by the round toe, low heel and strap and buckle fastening.
Modern jodhpur boots also include designs with straps that do not wrap entirely around the ankle. Another riding-style boot are paddock boots, which have a lace-up front.
A descendant of jodhpur boots, the sleek Chelsea boot is a close-fitting, ankle-high boot with an elastic side panel. Chelsea boots sometimes have a loop of fabric on the back of the boot, so that they can be pulled on easily.
The Chelsea boot has been fashionable since the Victorian era and is still beloved by both ladies or gents. Look out for contrasting elasticated side panels in funky colours for an off-kilter edge.
The chukka boot is the ultimate laid-back ankle boot and has had a bit of a resurgence of late. Chukka boots have suede or leather uppers, leather or rubber soles, and open lacing usually with two or three pairs of eyelets.
Look out for contrasting white soles and off – beat colours such as moss green and burgundy for autumn. Invest in a decent suede protector to keep your chukka boots in mint condition.
Desert boots are a form of chukka boots that were originally worn by British forces in the Western Desert Campaign of World War II. Stone and light grey desert boots will look great for spring but for the colder months dark brown and navy are go-to colours.
Statement hiking-boot inspired styles are one of the key AW16/17 trends for men. Go for chunky soles and rugged designs that go above the ankle with padded cuffs and lots of eyelets.
Burnished leather on the toes are another detail to look out for. For an uber cool off-duty look wear yours with chunky knitwear, a statement scarf and skinny jeans.
What can we even say about Timberland boots? Classic and instantly recognisable, if Timberlands were and still are your fave then there’s no need to try and change. Wear yours with pride and a sense of nostalgia.
Not for everyone, Doc Martens are a bit like Marmite, but if you love them then you really love them. Unleash the rebel with classic punk-era inspired designs.
Keep it minimal and sleek with a subtle single zip ankle boot for an understated look. Zip-up boots are good for smarter occasions when you want the focus to be on your shirt.
The Wallabee is an iconic classic from Clarks Originals. Wallabee boots look like moccasins and are an endearing option for casual wear. Black suede wallabee boots are comfy and classic.
Half brogue half boot, this trend-inspired boot is one to look out for and Grenson should be your first port of call. At it's best worn with tailoring and smart separates, the brogue boot perfectly complements a shirt and blazer or skinny suit and tie.