You might’ve heard (from your favorite podcaster or menswear insider) that we’re in a “post sneaker world” —I see no lies in the statement. Sneakers can still be tastefully worn today, but the sneaker industry is no doubt overly saturated. People have to go through an online retailer to pay double because the bots purchase all the size runs which leaves room for other shoes to come to the forefront. Like boots. They’re always accessible, offered at a range of prices, and the cost per wear will always be better than any pair of sneakers.
Maybe it’s the throwback #Menswear aughts creeping back into fashion today or people leaning heavily into workwear, but I love wearing boots at the moment. Chelsea boots, chukka boots, military and hiking styles, even Western ropers—but it’s up to you to decide which pair suits you best. Of course, for the colder months, a Vibram sole and Goodyear welted construction are a must for boots. They’re more durable with this feature and can be re-soled after some years of wear and tear.
A decade ago, boots were worn with selvedge jeans and buffalo plaid flannels, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but today’s guys are putting an updated spin on it. The silhouette of pants has gone from slim tapered to straight or relaxed, and more guys are wearing proper suits with some worn-in boots thanks to all the King Ralph mood boards on social media. Whether you’re looking for a new boot brand to round out your collection or want to step outside the sneaker world, we’ve rounded up over a dozen and some change to help make your decision easy.