Boots are must-have footwear items due to functionality, durability, and comfort. From casual to formal, here are the best boots and boot brands.
This post contains links to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For more information, read Affiliate Disclosure.
Editor’s note: This post was originally published in October 2019. It has been updated with new pictures and commentary on January 31, 2020.
- Why you should wear boots
- Best boots for men
- Brands you need to know
- Frequently asked questions
Why you should wear boots
You can be going to the office or out for drinks. Regardless of the occasion, boots can take your outfit to the next level.
Related: Ways to instantly look better
They’re functional, durable, comfortable, and look amazing. Aside from being attractive footwear items, boots have a functional purpose by protecting your feet in cold and wet weather.
Another bonus is that if you want to look taller, boots have a heel that will do the trick.
Best boots for men
From boots for working outdoors to semi-formal settings, The following are the best boots for men:
Chelsea boots are ankle-high boots with elastic side panels which allows them to slip on and off easily. They’re made in many colors and are often found in leather and suede.
Chukka boots are ankle-high boots with two or three eyelets. They’re often found in brown or black and made of suede or leather.
Wingtip boots are also known as brogues. The name wingtip came from the toe of the boot, which is shaped like wings. This style can be found in many different boots, from lace-up to Chelsea boots.
You don’t have to work in construction to wear work boots. These boots are great for working outdoors, and they can also be found useful during rain and snow because of their strength. They’re often made with waterproof material as well.
The boots you choose to wear depends on the occasion or where you’re going. For example, if you’re dressing up in a suit, you can wear a sleek pair of leather Chelsea boots.
However, if you’re wearing jeans for a casual event, you can wear a workboot or one with brogueing.
Boots that are made of suede, have thicker soles, or feel more chunky are meant for casual occasions. While boots that are slimmer, have thinner soles and are made of leather are more formal.
Brands you need to know
Finding the right pair of boots can be difficult. Although it can be hard to find the perfect pair, it’s worth it. A good pair of boots can enhance your outfit and protect your feet from environmental issues.
Whether you’re looking for a sleek pair of chukka boots or durable workboots, the following brands make great boots for men:
Grenson has been making high-quality boots since 1866. Being one of the most established brands in the UK, Grenson was also the first to use the Goodyear welting construction method.
As the oldest shoemaker in Britain, Tricker’s created the world’s first country boot in 1840. Since then, Tricker’s is known for eye-catching and durable boots.
Frye is a classic, originally American-made boot company that has been around since 1863. Although they’ve brought most of their production to countries outside of the US, Frye still makes great boots.
Established in 1873, Church’s creates high-end and fashionable boots. The company has stood the test of time and was acquired by the Prada Group in 1999.
Trask is an American company that makes high-quality and durable boots. Originally, the company was named H.S. Trask and in 2011, they were acquired by Genesco who owns other brands such as, Johnston and Murphy.
Founded in 1884, Alden is one of the finest shoemakers in America. Their classic patterns and thick, durable material ensures that the boots last.
7. Red Wing
Since 1905, Red Wing has created durable boots. Traditionally created as tough work boots, their boots are now favored among many fashion-forward people. A great feature is that many of their boots are water and scuff-resistant.
Frequently asked questions
Can I tuck jeans into boots?
No, don’t tuck jeans or any pants into boots. When you’re wearing boots, you can cuff your pants but don’t tuck it in.
Should boots fit tight or loose?
Aim for a snug fit. Not tight and not loose, just right in between. However, it’s better to go a size up or wider than for the boots to be too tight.
How often should I replace them?
Instead of focusing on a time frame to replace your boots, check their soles. Look for the following signs of wear:
- Soles became very thin.
- Feet hurt to walk in them.
- The inside of the boot is worn out.
- Physical damage to the exterior of the boots.
Although there isn’t a set time frame, generally speaking, it can take 1-5 years of wear for boots to be replaced.
Boots aren’t only essential, but they’re also timeless. They’ve been in style and will continue to be in style. Boots won’t go away as a trend fades. Therefore, investing in a quality pair is worth it.
Additional shoe resources
Want to learn more about shoes, or how to style them? The following are a few more resources:
Photos by David Em/Next Level Gents.