Section: Men's Footwear - Blog
There's more to boots than keeping your feet warm and dry in inclement weather or protecting them from harm. Here's some insider tips on how to pair dress boots with your suits and step out in style.
If, when you hear the word boots, your first thoughts are of footy, fishing, or mucking out a stable, then prepare to be dazzled – or at least mildly interested – by what you are about to read. For we are about to introduce you to the spellbinding world of the dress boot. Yes, we really are enthralled by classic formal footwear, and so too should you be, if you want to take your sartorial game to the next level.
You might think it’s just a dress shoe with a higher cut and for the most part, you’d be right. The only other real difference is bootmakers have been known on occasion to add a sturdier and slightly thicker sole to the dress boot. And what, we hear you ask, is the purpose of such an affectation?
Well, it probably goes way back to when boots were made for working (as opposed to walking,) but we rather prefer the idea it’s just in case you fancy a spot of suited lunchtime hillwalking.
Why choose a boot over a shoe?
Besides lunchtime trekking, there are a couple of other benefits to stepping into dress boots each morning.
Do all fine whiskies taste the same? Once you’ve embraced the notion the dress boot is an essential part of your footwear arsenal, then you’ll wonder how you hadn’t noticed the myriad of choices that are out there. Here are some of the most popular.
Once you feel comfortable and are happy your choice of boot adds to your overall look, then the simple answer to this question is yes. From casual suits for a day at the races to custom tailored tuxedos for black tie events, the dress boot can perfectly complement any choice of suit. We would recommend, however, you pay attention to the cut of your pants. Just remember, the slimmer the suit, the sleeker the boot, so if skinny fit suits are your thing, then avoid those chunky Chukkas.
We’ll go right ahead and presume you’re a convert who is now planning his trip to the bootmaker. Just remember to take a photo once you’ve got yours and tag us in it on Instagram. We love a bit of dress boot awesomeness.
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