The Winter Boot Edit
Put your best foot forward and stride into 2021 with the Ottaway Style winter boot edit. Ok, no more puns. That’s a promise…
Even though the commute to the office, battling the elements, may seem like a thing of the past for some, every discerning gent should still have a good edit of winter boots in his wardrobe.
A winter boot needs to be timeless, smart, classy. Durability is also important, as investing in a boot is pointless unless it’s functional and long-lasting. You need a boot to do what it was built for, and protect you from rain, window, and even snow through the winter months.
Before we begin, a few top tips from me:
- One of my biggest tips when choosing a boot is to be mindful of shape and size, as this is where things can go horribly wrong. Avoid an overly bulky boot – you don’t want to conjure thoughts of a country rambler.
- Another thing to consider, especially before a big splurge, is to understand what boot style works best for you. If you’re a big chap with broad shoulders, you can afford to go for a chunky style, as this will counteract your broad top half. If you’re on the shorter side or more lean, choose something with a thinner sole and less fuss in the buckle and strap department, to make sure the boot doesn’t distract from the rest of your outfit.
- Tip number three is to buy less, invest more. A winter boot is something that should last season after season, so instead of updating to regularly, save up, bring out the big dogs, and spend a little more. This will cost you less in the long run and ultimately get a lot more boot for your buck.
- When it comes to embracing the hiking boot trend specifically, avoid anything too overtly functional. Unless you are leading a band of boy scouts on an orienteering exercise, or are taking up mountaineering, there is a fine line between something stylishly functional, and a full-blown technical hiking boot.
I appreciate that talking boot functionality and all-weather performance may not be that sexy or inspirational, but that’s where Ottaway Style has got you covered. This boot edit includes styles with a careful mix of function and style – durable to the core, and with an abundance of good look. Whether you want to up the style stakes for a country walk, or elevate your weekend shopping trip, here are our favourite pairs for every budget, style, and need:
THE CHELSEA BOOT
The king of boots – quite literally! The original Chelsea boot design is credited to Queen Victoria’s shoemaker, who claimed that the Queen walked in them daily. Since then, the Chelsea boot acquired its famous name by becoming synonymous with the Chelsea cool crowd, and decades later were made iconic by the Beatles and Rolling Stones.
A sharper upgrade to a trainer, and a cooler option to a classic brogue, the Chelsea boot has a winning combination of timeless style and charm, mixed with rock n’ roll pedigree.
Whether you are inspired by the 60’s coolness of Michael Caine, or legendary Rock n’ Roll icon Keith Richards, the Chelsea boot is as much at home worn with a sharp suit as it is with a pair of slim jeans.
When choosing a pair, my top tip is to get the shape right – you don’t want anything too narrow and pointy, or too wide and chunky. Meet in the middle to ensure your Chelsea boot will offer the maximum versatility and exude the timeless style it was designed to do.
THE MILITARY BOOT
Buckle up, its time to invest in a military boo. During such a unprecedented time of uncertainty and chaos, what better purchase to make to ensure you feel safe and secure and protected against the elements.
Over recent years this boot has made a phoenix from the flames return thanks to the likes of Bottega Veneta’s lug boot and Prada’s famous nylon panelled combat boots
This new generation of military boot is not as imposing as classic squaddie piece of kit, and very easy to wear during the winter months. My top top tip is to pair with a oversized coat, classic t or light piece of knit and a slim pair of dark indigo denims. Go get e’m captain !!!
THE HIKING BOOT
Contemporary hiking boots may save you in a snow storm, but technological developments haven’t helped the sartorial elegance of this iconic shoe style.
We’re fans of the old-fashioned version. Eyelets, leather, a thick sole and a strong lace are all traits to look out for. A good hiking boot should evoke thoughts of log cabins and afternoons spent chopping fire wood.
A pioneer of teaming a hiking boot with formal tailoring was Italian style icon and Head of Fiat, Gianni Agnelli. Agnelli has long been regarded as having impeccable, if slightly eccentric, fashion sense, and continues to influence the men’s fashion landscape.
Be careful with the styling of this shoe – too casual and you wander into lumberjack territory. To wear casually, dress with raw denim, a thick knit and a shearling jacket. Alternatively, pair with a formal suit, shirt and tie to modernise a classic tailored look.
THE CHUKKA BOOT
The chukka boot, also known as the desert boot, is the casual, laced cousin of the classic Chelsea, and a menswear staple.
A smart chukka boot in leather can be styled with a more tailored trouser for a contemporary approach to formalwear. A suede desert by contrast is the perfect pairing to a pair of jeans, over shirt and roll neck.
The desert boot was invented by a British shoemaker after he saw British soldiers serving in Egypt in the second world war. Now a menswear mainstay, this is an easy style that brings effortlessness to any outfit.