Boots, though very popular, are still a heavily underutilized form of footwear. The reason for this could be that not many men know how to go about buying the right pair of boots. Men’s boots have a rich history behind their origin and in today’s world, they come in a wonderful range of designs, heights, materials, etc. Choosing a new pair of boots can be very difficult given the competition of factors like color, style, price, trendiness, versatility, longevity, and weather resistance. The right pair of boots should have enough traction, great capability for feet support and should allow you to stand dapper. In this boot buying guide, we’re demarcating the different types of men’s boots and giving some pointers on the dos and don'ts of boots. By the end of this read, you’ll feel exposed to the concept that quality footwear that fits well is indeed a worthy investment and that the right boots can fit every occasion.
Three Rules of Boots
Rule number 1: Pick the right shoe for the occasion
You simply cannot use your boots for running, unless you own a pair of sports leather boots. Running shoes have the purpose of protecting your feet while running. Similarly, a steel toe work boot should protect your feet while working.
Rule number 2: Invest in quality and durability
Before you spend hundreds of dollars on your leather boots, make sure they’re worth every penny. Boots are called an investment for a reason; they stay with you for years and you spend a considerable amount of money acquiring them. Low-quality footwear is held together with glue and made with cheap and unnatural materials that do not age well.
Rule number 3: Never sacrifice proper fit and comfort
People sometimes buy smaller clothes during a sale, while thrifting or if they just love something too much to let go. Well, this option certainly doesn’t apply and mustn’t apply while buying boots. Your feet are not going to expand or shrink and neither will your boots. Always buy the right shoe size, even if this means paying a bit more. Especially if you purchase from a local business that can really give you solid guidance as to what styles are available and show you how to take care of your purchase. At Urban Shepherd Boots, we are dedicated to helping our customers pick the right boots.
Types Of Boots
There’s a long list of men’s boot styles, but most can be placed in one of the five categories here: Chelsea boots, Chukka boots, Dress boots, Technical boots (or sports boots) and Wellingtons. These categories may have further sub-categorization within them. We recommend that every man’s wardrobe should include at least two pairs of boots at any given time, as they’re suitable for both smart work and casual weekend wardrobes. Let’s talk about a few of them in more detail.
High-end dress boots need to be conditioned and shined, and often need new soles if they’ve gone through a great deal of beating, being worn almost every day in different weather conditions. Quality work boots last forever and help you get the job done. Solidly built work boots can be resoled, while cheap boots that are made with glue and inferior materials not only fail under heavy usage but cannot be fixed as they were designed to be disposable.
Hiking boots are designed to support the ankles, provide cushion, and protect from the harsh natural elements while being light enough to not obstruct stamina.
The key to pulling off western boots is being comfortable and confident in them, much like any other boot. Avoid flashy or brightly colored western boots unless you have a special event that demands it.
Designed to keep feet ready and protected for outdoor working and sports, a good technical boot is ideally made from perforated and waterproof materials. They're ideal for getting out on a hike in cooler climates as well.
Chukka boots feature subtle stitching and usually come with a smooth surface. Their two or three eyelets and ankle-length cut are the most definitive characteristics. The name of chukka boots originates from the sport of Polo.
First worn and popularized by Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, Wellington boots became a staple of hunting and outdoor wear for the British in the 19th century. A well-made pair features rubber or synthetic materials, and these waterproof boots generally sit just below the knee.
The Chelsea boot is a classic design that you might already know enough about. Their name was derived from the 1950s and 1960s Chelsea scene when they were the pair to be seen around London’s trendiest neighborhoods. Their elasticated side panels, make them stand out from the rest. Chelsea boots are inarguably one of the most versatile footwear silhouettes a man can own.
What colors should you go for?
If it’s your very first pair of boots, or if you're still not sure of the style statement that you want to make with your leather boots, we suggest you go with darker shades like dark brown and black, because these are the most versatile boot colors. If brown is not your calling, then we suggest you go with something lighter in a sand or tan color because it underlines the causal character of the boot and it gives you more uniqueness while being versatile.
I hope this helps you find the direction that you were missing, to buy your first or next pair of boots. Shop some exclusive, handcrafted boots here: