Splash! You open the car door and plant your box fresh trainers straight into a mud churning, ice cold puddle. Your foot is firmly planted; ankle deep, and you are dreading looking down as you hold back the curse that is on the tip of your tongue. The ice cold water seeps through the eyelets and you realise it’s time to face the music.
We’ve all been there and it is utterly heart breaking to see your new canvas crepes spoiled on the first wear, but really this is a schoolboy error. The turn of September should spark the arrival of all your winter ready clobber and your boots should be top of the list. The right choice of boot not only provides extreme comfort, but it will also offer great protection against the elements and leave you carefree as stroll the streets this winter.
Here we take a look at our favourite ‘must-have’ boots for this winter.
1. Hiking Boots
Not just for the precipice of Everest, hiking boots have become a stellar choice in men’s fashion in the last few seasons. Whether you are an extreme adventurer or the man that stays away from nature all together hiking boots are establishing themselves as everyone’s favourite choice.
A good hiking boot will offer a cushioned foot bed, ankle support and often a sharp design too. Often you will find that the laces are heavily patterned or brightly coloured which only adds to the appeal. Match your hiking boots with denims, flannel shirts and a gilet and you’ll be fit for more than walking the dog when the winter hits.
2. Chelsea Boots
You can’t find a more British boot than a classic Chelsea boot. Rugged, robust and full of character and often you will find a Chelsea boot with a chunky rubber sole suitable for any adventure you decide to take them on.
Recently suede Chelsea boots have been receiving the most recognition. However, they will often require a lot of cleaning, buffing and spraying with protector spray to keep them pristine. If you are not up for this then opt for an easy wipe leather pair.
Timberland Brown Larchmont Chelsea Boots – £114.95
3. Wellington Boots
Owning a pair of wellies in the UK is pretty much an essential. The wellie could be worn almost year round with the up and down (mainly down) weather in the UK and they have shot to superstardom in the last ten years.
Perfect for splashing around at a festival, camping trip or even for Sunday walks in the forest. The wellie should be a go to choice for anyone wishing to spend any time outside this winter and with the improvements in style there is no reason why you cant make the wellington boot a key fashion piece.
The Hunter wellies are no doubt the most iconic and have a legacy that spans almost 60 years. Team your wellies with denims, check shirts, heavy knits and waxed jackets.