Sneakers and tennis shoes just won’t cut it during the winter months. Sure, these low-rise shoes are perfect for the spring and summer months. But if you want to stay comfortable — and look fashionable — during the winter, you’ll need to choose a more appropriate type of footwear, such as boots. Here are some tips on how to choose the right pair of men’s boots.
If you plan on wearing your boots to work, you’ll want to choose a pair that’s strong, durable and able to withstand tough conditions. Some “work boots,” for instance, feature a steep-tipped toe, protecting your feet if a heavy object falls on them. Other work boots have puncture plates, which protect the bottom of your feet if you accidentally step on a nail, piece of glass, or similar sharp object.
One of the most popular styles of men’s boots is chukka. In case this is your first time hearing about them, let me explain: chukka boots are ankle-high boots, typically made of leather, with open lacing and between two and three pairs of eyelets. They were originally worn by British special forces during World War II. Since then, they’ve become a popular choice among fashion-forward men.
No two people have the exact same foot size. As a result, you may have trouble finding a pair of boots that fits just right. Remember, length is only one measurement to consider when choosing boots. You should also consider the width. If you have a wide foot, you may need a special pair of boots specifically designed for men with wide feet.
What color of boots do you intend to buy? The color will affect your boots in more ways than one. If you choose black boots, for instance, you probably won’t be able to wear them with brown pants or a brown shirt — and vise-versa for brown boots. Think about when and how you’ll be wearing your new boots and choose the most appropriate color.
Of course, you should consider the material from which the boots are made. You really can’t go wrong with an all-leather pair of boots, as it offers the perfect blend of style, durability and comfort. Some synthetic materials can mimic the appearance of leather, however, offering an even greater protection from moisture and weather.