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Sometimes the humble sneaker just won't do… you need an expertly designed pair of men's boots. If you're more a fan of chunky lace-ups than refined formal shoes, the right pair of men's boots can carry you through the working week and into the weekend without ever missing a step. Read on to figure out your ideal style, and what to look for if you want your boot investment to pay off for many seasons to come.
Chelsea vs. lace-up
A polished Chelsea boot is one of the most versatile footwear all-rounders on the planet. Sitting at the ankle with elasticated side panels, this sleek silhouette is famed for its fuss-free styling and streamlined look. But if you like things a little more rough around the edges, a lace-up men's calf boot will be just the ticket. Whether you hide it under chinos or tuck in skinny jeans, a laced boot can be whatever you need it to be. Lace it loosely for a laid-back effect, or cinch it up to create a more polished effect. Don't want to fuss around with laces? The market is teeming with lace-up boots that come with a handy eyestay zip so that you can get the laced look without the fiddliness. Looking for a happy medium between the Chelsea and the rugged laced boot? Look to chukka and desert boot styles for a dapper hybrid of the two that adds a touch of masculine style to any look.
You don't have to look far to spot the moto influence this season. And it's especially present in the latest men's boot edits. From chunky buckles in gleaming hardware to toughened-up zips and D-rings, a pair of men's biker boots has never looked so good with a leather jacket.
And when it comes to construction, leather uppers are your friend for lasting style that just gets better with age. Not a fan of leather? Look for tough, high-quality alternatives that have been crafted properly to ensure that your investment pays off. Leather alternative fabrics have come a long way in recent years, so longevity will be more down to the craftsmanship.
Seek out men's boots that have been finished with weather-ready treatments such as water repellency. You'll want your boots to be able to stand up to even the worst weather conditions, and these treatments will protect them from lashing rain and unexpected puddles. Insulated lining will be your best buddy during cold snaps, so look for plush options if you're shopping for a winter boot.
A good pair of boots is only as good as the sole it rests on. Search for deep cleats in high-quality materials to cover yourself for cushioning comfort and unbeatable traction. The sole needs to have been welted on properly, and cheaper alternatives will forgo the welt altogether. So do your homework and chances are you'll be wearing those new boots for many seasons to come