Fall is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start wearing socks (gasp). If you have to wear socks, then take advantage by wearing boots. What used to be a work/cowboy/metro look has been steadily moving into every day wear. Industrial work boots are now being made by some of the finest shoemakers in New England, CEOs are wearing cowboy boots on the reg, and cats and dogs are living together. Amazing things are happening.
Get in your closet and see what your boot lineup looks like. See any missing holes? Here are some options that’ll keep you moving:
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1. Oak Street Bootmakers Natural Trench Boots: My addiction to the horween chromexcel continues. These are extremely versatile boots – to be used with jeans, khakis, or 2″ cuffed flannel trousers.
2. Santoni Shipley Chelsey Boots: Black footwear is hit or miss in my rotation, but black chelsea boots with formal attire is a nice touch. Just make sure they are spit-shined.
3. Allen Edmonds Cronmok Boots: Good boots for winter business casual. These look great with any color canvas pants or colored denim. Let them get a little worn out before polishing (if at all…)
4. Lucchese Beeswax Calf Snip Toe Boots: Any boot list on Red Clay Soul will be covered up with Lucchese. These light brown beeswax boots are a great addition to the rotation. The natural sole is a different touch. Wear these with some broken in jeans and whatever you want on top.
5. Lucchese Sienna Full Quill Ostrich Ropers: I’m very close to pulling the trigger on these after seeing them in person (numerous times). These could be the tailgating boots for 2013. Very stylish and tough as nails.
6. Alden X Leather Sole Safari Boots: Suede boots? Absolutely. Get ’em prepared for the elements before taking them on their maiden voyage. These look good with anything across the spectrum. A new pair of raw denim or broken in jeans, khakis in any color, or flannel trousers.
7. Gokey Sandanona Pull On Boots: The alternate to the ropers for tailgating. These boots were made for walking, so they’ll be comfortable. Jeans and khakis appropriate.
8. 6″ Bean Boots: A must have for any man with feet in any location where rain could possibly fall from the sky. I like dry feet, too.