Our guide to men’s boots is here to help you decipher the different styles and designs of men’s boots. With so many styles on the market, it can be difficult to decide which men’s boots are best for your occasion. We take a look at the fantastic Chelsea boot, obviously! and also the many other designs, including the Desert, Jodhpur and the Alpine boot. There are many different boots available, all made from different materials like Suede, Nubuck and traditional Leather.
The classic and always stylish Chelsea boot is a close-fitting ankle-high boot. Made with elastic side panels, also known as gussets. The Chelsea boot, usually made with finger loop pull tabs at the rear or sometimes front and rear to enable an easy pull on of the boot. The iconic footwear of the 60’s and still today, worn by the Beatles, Rolling Stones and many more. Often associated with the mod scene, today people like Beckham and Pitt wear these stylish men’s boots, not forgetting Kanye West!
The Desert boot, introduced by Nathan Clark in 1941 while stationed in Burma in the British Army. A Desert traditional Desert boot design should have a Suede upper and Crepe sole. The Desert boot is an ankle boot with 2 or 3 eyelets and an open lacing system to fasten.
The Chukka boot, very similar to the Desert boot in looks and design, however, there are many variations between these boots. The Chukka boot traditionally made with leather uppers and fitted with a variety of sole materials like rubber. Also an ankle-high boot, like the Desert boot, the Chukka first became as a casual form of footwear in the 1940’s.
The work boot, designed to be a hard wearing and rugged boot has become as popular in fashion as on the building site. Usually with a protective steel-toe cap reinforcement to protect the wearer’s toes. A heavy duty boot with a mid-sole plate to protect from nails and spikes. As well as keeping your feet safe at work, the design of the work boot keeps your feet dry and warm in outdoor conditions. Made with premium leathers the work boot is generally a waterproof and breathable boot with tough laces and eyelets for a secure fit.
The protective toe caps, traditionally made from Steel, hence, “Steel Toe-Caps”, though this did not make the boots heavy. The modern toe-caps, made from a variety of materials, including TPU, Aluminium as well as composite materials offer the same amount of protection. Some work boots designed for use on construction sites have to have a certificate to meet standards of protection, to keep you safe from impact, electric shock and chemicals.
The first Jodphur boots introduced in the 1920’s in India were worn by polo riders on their horses. The Jodphur is an ankle boot design with a rounded toe and a low heel. Originally the Jodphur boot fastened with a strap that ran around the ankle completely passing through a loop sewn at the back of the boots. The modern Jodphur boots include designs with straps that do not wrap around the ankle and also have elastic side panels, like the Chelsea boot. The Jodphur boot made by Crockett & Jones is the boot of choice worn by James Bond!
A Dress boot, a smart, more traditional boot for pairing with a suit for a more formal look for a more formal occasion. A short leather boot that is usually ankle high. The Dress boot, associated with being worn in wet and colder weather conditions, keep your feet dry as opposed to when wearing shoes when a smarter look is needed. The Dress boot comes in all types of styles and designs, including Brogue, Wing-Tip and Toe-Cap.
The Alpine boot, usually made taller than normal boots and designed for use in extreme conditions. Made from a variety of materials including leather and synthetics. The ideal men’s boot to wear in shallow slushy snow, the Alpine boot will keep your feet warm and dry in the coldest of conditions.
The Harness boot, often a heavyweight boot made for motorcycle riders. They can vary in height from short boots to tall near knee length boots. The Harness boot was designed to protect motorcycle riders from the heat of the exhaust as they sit on the bike and also from injury if they were to fall off the bike. Often made with a steel toe-cap and metal shank in the heel and styled with a square toe. A tough and hard wearing boot made to withstand all sorts of conditions.
The boots designed with 4 leather straps and 2 metal rings offer the wearer the protection they need. The rings are on the inside and outside of the boots ankles. With reinforced heels and soles made from rubber. Neoprene lined, Wool lined, with an adjustable strap or without, the Wellington is a must for those wet, muddy afternoon’s watching sports or walking through the countryside.
The modern Wellington boot has become quite a fashion statement. A waterproof boot usually made from rubber or PVC. Leather, a material also used for tall boots, but more commonly known as country boots. The ideal boots for activities in the field or walking in wet and cold conditions. With many different uses and styles, the versatile Wellington worn by farmers and industrial workers as well as fashionistas alike is a must wardrobe addition.
The Original Monkey boots were worn by the Czechoslovakian army in world war 2. The Monkey boot, designed to be a practical and durable boot for the soldiers as well as lightweight. During the 1960’s and 1970’s, the Mod generation started wearing Monkey boots, pairing them with Harrington jackets and Scooters. In the late 1970’s and 1980’s, the Punks and Skinheads wore the Monkey boot along with their DM’s. The Monkey boots traditionally had a tractor pattern or knobbly sole with metal eyelets all the way down the boot. The different variations of the sole on the modern boots include rubber, leather and synthetics.