As the weather cools and burning asphalt is covered by fallen leaves, it’s time to swap our summer shoes for boots that impress with both style and function.
“Materials and construction are definitely key,” says Josh Price, co-owner of Feit, a New York-based brand focused on handmade goods. “With a great quality upper, boots will last a long time, though you may wear out a sole or two on the way. Vegetable tanned leather is best as it will age richly and breathes very well.”
Most importantly, a man should feel comfortable in his boots no matter the style — from sturdy hiking and trench boots, to wingtips, chukkas, or a laceless Chelsea. Sometimes socks (and confidence) can make all the difference.
“When wearing boots for a utilitarian purpose in either rain or snow, thicker wool socks are best,” says Price. “But if you are dressing them up, thinner dress socks could work as well. At the end of the day it’s all about your individuality.”