Dress boots are becoming more and more common in men's fashion, particularly the Chelsea boot. Chelseas are ankle high, have a close fit and slip on with the elastic side panels allowing for ease of donning and removal. These boots gained popularity in Victorian England as riding boots for their ease and convenience over knee-high boots. Many dress boots, including the Chelsea boot, will be indistinguishable from dress shoes when you’re in the office, or will add charming winter style to your look.
Work boots come in many forms, most designed toward the particular type of work for which they're used. Despite being used primarily for "work," there is a huge selection of work boots available that are great for the fashion-minded. Red Wing is the quintessential American-wear work boot and their new Briar Boot is one of our favorites.
Combat boots aren't just for the military. Companies like Doc Martin popularized the combat-boot look for fashion years ago and now companies like G-Star have created their own versions. The Patton boot is reminiscent of WWII era combat boots with prominent straps and buckles.
Whatever your choice in a man's boot, and whether you lean toward a formal dress boot, a work boot or combat boots, here are some tips to help along the way. Any pair of footwear you choose should fit properly, provide ample support where it's needed, and not hurt your feet when you first put them on. If you're looking to save some money by skimping on quality it could be a mistake for several reasons.
A well-made pair of boots will look good and hold up for years, maybe decades if treated properly. Keeping them shined, waterproofed and stored with good-quality wooden shoe trees will all help. Having a variety of pairs so that you're not wearing the same ones day in and day out is also a plus, if you can manage it. And finally, whether you choose combat, work or dress bots, wear boots that are appropriate to your attire and the occasion.