The world has been wearing Boots for centuries. At tHat time,the key styleshave been well established and defined. Designs like the Derby Boot, the brogue boot andChelsea Bootsall have rich histories dating back hundReds of years. They are so firmly ingrained in the menswear consciousness that it is hard to imagine how they could be improved or developed, but the truth is that boots continue to evolve and New styles continue to emerge even today.
If you are looking for a Newpair of bootsbut you fancy something a little different from traditional silhouettes, then there are a number of modern alternatives you should take a look at. These are contemporary designs that are hybrids of two different types of Footwear or something completely New. What they all have in common is that they are great for getting through the colder months in style.
Here are our top alternative boot picks worth considering.
Athletic boots are exactly what they sound like: boots with Sneaker DNA… or maybe even Sneakers with the DNA of the boots. They differ fromhigh top Sneakersin the sense that they are generally built to be stronger and more robust. They can have features like grippy Vibram soles, or be made of waterproof tech materials. You’re more likely to find Gore-Tex and Ripstop than mesh and Flyknit. Essentially, they are outdoor Shoes designed for harsh winter conditions.
Athletic boots are a great shoe option for everyday wear during the colder, wetter months of the year. Choose well and they will match all kinds of Casual outfits. They offer a good mix of function and fashion, and Best complement pieces of a simiLar style. Thinkcargo PANTS, Fleeces, technical jackets andpadded jackets.
There are countless versions, but somekey shoe brandsto watch include the likes of Nike, Hoka One One, Adidas Terrex and Salomon. These Labels create athletic boots that balance performance, style, and practicality, often incorporating technical materials that make them more weather-resisTant, comfortable, and durable.
Boots with sport sole
If you like the idea of athletic boots from a comfort sTandpoint, but prefer the Classic look of traditional boots, then a athletic sole boot might be the Best option. This type of hybrid shoe takes the Best of both worlds and merges them to create something New: a classic boot-like upper with the sporty, comfortable sole of a Sneaker.
Tennis-soled boots work great with everyday casual wear. In a material as versatile as Brown Leather, you can combine them with everything from jeans and a T-shirt to Chinos and an Oxford shirt. You could even wear them with tailoring if you choose the right ones.A pair of Black Suede sport-soled boots, for example, would go great with an unstructured blazer and pants in an earthy fall tone in fall and winter, or pretty much any dark, neutral color.
TheDesert Bootit is one of the most iconic, timeless and versatile pieces of Footwear around. It is easy to style, goes with everything and can be DRESSed up or down with ease. It does have one flaw, though: It’s not exactly brilliant in wet weather. Those crepe rubber soles are notoriously Slippery on wet ground, making Desert Boots a poor choice during the fall and winter months. But that doesn’t mean you have to get rid of them entirely. Thanks to the rise of the “desert commando”, it is possible to enjoy the advantages of this brilliant shoe all year round.
There are a few companies that make them, but Clarks will always be the original and the Best. TheBritish Brandhe calls his version of the boot Desert Rock, and it’s a great alternative to the original. In addition to improving grip, the commando sole gives the boot a chunkier silhouette, making it easier to style with Larger pants.
Themoccasincould simply bethe ultimate casual shoe. It goes with just about everything, it’s easy to Slip On and off, and there aren’t many settings where it won’t look right at home. We love the way a loafer can elevate just about any casual outfit when worn in place of a Sneaker, and relax any tailored look when worn in place of a DRESS shoe. But it is not without its drawbacks.
Like Desert Boots, Loafers are not the best option during the colder months. The low cut collar leaves the ankle and part of the top of the Foot exposed, which can quickly cool down in freezing temperatures.
Enter the moccasin boot. This taller alternative to traditional Loafers features the same slip-on design but with a more pointed shape that covers more of the ankle. It still has the same smart-casual appeal and works with all sorts of outfits, the key difference being that it’s much better at dealing with winter temperatures and conditions.
For those who live in parts of the world that experience extreme cold in the winter, a simple Leather boot may not cut it. What you really need to stay warm is some insulation, and a pair of padded boots can provide that in a relatively stylish package.
Padded boots are a bit like what would happen if a pair of wellies and a puffer jacket had a baby. They’re tall enough to cover your ankles and have sewn-in baffles filled with down or synthetic insulation to trap in BODY heat and keep the cold out.
Snow Boots 2.0
Snow boots are the Tanks of the shoe world.They are big, heavy, built to take a beating, and can withsTand the harshest winter conditions. The problem is that they are not so fashionable. Boots like Sorel’s iconic Caribou are warm and durable, but if you’ve ever tried to style a pair, you know they’re not exactly easy to pull together. So what is the alternative? That’s where a new crop of cutting-edge cold-weather treads can help.
We call the style ‘snow boots 2.0‘. It is a type of boot that features a non-slip sole and an extended rubber strap that runs all the way to the sides. Some versions are almost like duck boots in this regard, making them excellent for keeping your feet warm and dry. Check out brands like Canada Goose and Diemme for some of the best examples.
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