The Best Boots for You

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the mens boots guide

Put your best boot forward this autumn/winter by choosing the right type of footwear for you.

We know that finding the right style of boots at a price that matches your budget can be difficult, so without further ado, we are going to share with you the most on-trend options for mens boots this AW17.

The Chelsea Boot

Not a new trend but a very good one, the Chelsea boot made its come back into the world of men’s fashion a few years back now with it’s simple yet suave style. All of this has helped it to cement a place in the heart of many gents (and ladies alike).

A pair of black leather or leather look Chelsea boots is a wardrobe staple thanks to the simplicity of the design and polished finish. The Chelsea is easy to pair with both smart and casual outfits during the colder weather and makes for a stylish AND practical choice.

The addition of the elasticated panel at the ankle of a Chelsea boot makes for a comfortable fit for both narrow and wider ankles.

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The Timberland Boot

Whether you favour Timberlands classic worker-style winter boots or prefer their more subtle designs, there’s no disputing that this particular brand is King in the world of winter boots.

They were originally designed as an all-weather, working man’s boot however if practicality isn’t your main priority, these comfortable boots still tick the style box. The distinctive and instantly recognisable appearance is a modern yet slightly edgy addition to any casual outfit. If you’re known as a style conscious man with an appreciation of big brands and quality then “Timbies” are a great choice for you.

If a statement shoe isn’t your usual go-to, then these dark brown leather and suede mix ankle boots from Timberland might be more up your street. Still employing the same high-quality build and robust design, but in a lighter weight and more formal style.

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The Transitional Boot

As bad as the British weather can be at times, the start of Autumn doesn’t always call for your heaviest winter boots, so sometimes a transitional boot is the best option.

We suggest the desert boot to take you through the warmer weather into the slightly cooler autumn months.  A suede or suede look ankle boot is the perfect cross between a smart shoe and a boot which makes it the ultimate transitional option.

At Slaters, we stock a variety of desert boots from different brands and in various colours. With a range of budgets in mind we guarantee that all our boots offer the same cool and effortless style that they’re well-loved for.

Perfect for pairing with both casual and more formal looks, you’re guaranteed to get plenty of wear out of a desert boot.

These lightweight boots are ideal for all sizes, and the lace up detail of this style makes it a comfortable fit for both wide and narrow feet.

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The Leather Boot

If you’re looking for top-quality, long lasting footwear then leather is the choice for you.

Although the classic Chelsea boot is available in a real leather fabric, there’s a variety of other ankle boot styles that also use premium leathers to create a robust and durable shoe.

Our favourite style includes the lace up leather ankle boot from Loake Shoes, with a design that almost mimics that of a brogue. Alternatively, the smooth finish lace up boots from Anatonic & Co, available in both tan and black leathers, these minimalistic boots have a similar style to the desert boot but with a premium twist of top-quality leather uppers.

Boots are a personal choice and even though finding the perfect pair can be tricky, we know that at Slaters, we’ve got the perfect pair for every man. But, what should you be considering when looking for the right boots?

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Boot Buying Guide

There’s a few key things to consider when choosing your new pair of boots, so we’d recommend you always think about the following things when picking your next pair:

  • Fit – this may sound obvious but when we say consider your fit, you may want to go up or down a size in boots depending on the fit.  If you’re considering buying from a brand that you’re unfamiliar with, we would often recommend trying before you buy. If you see a pair you love featured on the Slaters website you can always head to one of our 25 stores across the UK and try them on for yourself!
  • Occasion – considering what occasion you want these boots for will help you choose a pair that you’ll get the most wear out of. If you want a smart pair of boots, then you may want to opt for a pair of leather boots opposed to suede, whereas if casual wear is the plan, then you may want to go for a more laid-back style.
  • Budget – there’s no point blowing all your savings on a pair of boots if you can’t afford to do so, decide on your budget and then stick to it, and when you’re greeted with such a vast selection of brands and prices as you are at Slaters, you’re guaranteed to be able to find something that will fall perfectly within your budget.

So that is our run down of the best boots on the market and everything to consider when purchasing your newest pair.

If you pick up a new pair of autumn/winter footwear from Slaters, be sure to share your outfit pictures with us on Twitter and Instagram!

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