Boots for the woot!

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.” With this in mind, alongside a decent winter coat, the most important adaptation for inclement climes is, without doubt, footwear. And we have our eyes on boots this time!

Chelsea Boots

One of the smartest boots of all, the slim round-toe and elegant cut of this London classic was originally designed in the late 1800s for Queen Victoria, no less. As they’re traditionally a narrower boot with a slightly longer toe, Chelsea boots are ideal with slim-cut jeans in black, grey or navy. They double as perfect office attire, working well with the elevated look of a jacket, shirt and tie, while also going smart and casual as a weekend city boot to lift more casual jeans. Work the leather regularly with polish or treat them with a suede-protector spray before wearing and you’ll have these boots for a lifetime.

Desert Boots

Like all great designs, this boot was born out of functionality. During the Second World War, soldiers fighting in the western desert campaigns sought out an alternative to their heavier military-issue offerings, which were impractical on sandy terrains. Today, a desert boot in a light sand-brown suede with its contrast crepe sole looks best worn with the nonchalance of a vintage casual look; think dark selvedge denim jeans, a cable-knit jumper and a casual jacket or light raincoat thrown over the top. Embrace the suppleness of the suede and the relaxed look of these boots as they mould to your feet and soften completely.

Chukka Boots

Neutrality and versatility is the key to this boot style. In chestnut suede, they smarten up dark jeans with more casual shirt and blazer or a lightweight jumper and coat. Then, at the weekend for a chilly walk to the pub, wear them with a light-wash pair of jeans, a relaxed bomber jacket or rain mac and a classic plain tee – you could always add in a check scarf to keep things interesting.

If you tend to opt for black jeans, then a black suede version is well worth the effort, especially as an evening style and they always look more considered than basic black leather shoes.

Work Boots

Originally designed as industrial work boots, the functionality element is felt in every stitch of their construction, in the tough waterproof leather and the flat-supportive soles. The softer tan leather boots with light rubber soles and mountaineering style laces would look great with heavy selvedge denim, an overshirt and a shearling-lined jacket. For a more dressed up look they’re great with slimmer jeans, an Oxford shirt and a mid-length camel wool coat.