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The best boots for winter

The best boots for winter

Blustery days are officially upon us and, as we begin to trudge through the wintry months ahead, we’re reminded of the fact that cold weather brings so much more than red noses and water vapour. Winter means coats, jackets, accessories, and chunky, sturdy boots. It offers an opportunity to pile on your most handsome items and show them all off, layer by layer. What’s (marginally) more important than showing them off, however, is staying warm and dry during the bouts of rain, sleet, and snow. Winter demands sturdier footwear – boots that can brave all these ugly elements while still managing to look handsome. Here are our top picks for this winter.

Photographed: Grenson Rutherford (£285)

Hiking boots

If we do say so ourself, we make a truly excellent case for the hiking trend in general. Hiking boots, more specifically, are not solely reserved for steep inclines. If you’re not planning to trek the Inca Trail anytime soon, a sturdy pair of hiking boots look equally at home on a city pavement as they do in the hills. With high-performance grips on the soles and a lightweight leather feel, hiking boots offer quality that is second to none. Not to mention, they’re next-level comfortable. Wear with workwear-inspired gear to adhere to the rugged aesthetic of the hiking boots – think flannel shirts, utility jackets and denim.

Photographed: Kurt Geiger Cade Chelsea Boots (£169)

Chelsea boots

The most versatile boots that money can buy, Chelsea boots look great with almost anything – from a tailored suit to a jeans-and-jacket combo. The most ubiquitous style of Chelsea boots features a sleek leather upper, elasticated inserts at the side panels, and a pull tab at the heel. With this minimal detailing, it’s easy to see why the boot is so adaptable. Go for rubber soles instead of leather to avoid slipperiness when walking on wet ground, and keep them nice and polished so that your look stays equally as polished.

Brogue boots

Your classic brogues, but sturdier. If you prefer to keep things smart, wearing a pair of brogues that come up a bit higher on your ankle is a winter footwear hack for avoiding a squelchy sock situation (is there anything worse?). Boasting a similar make-up to the aforementioned hiking boots, with sturdy soles and a weighty feel to boot (pardon the pun), brogue boots simultaneously offer that old-english smartness that we all know and love. They’re an ideal round-off to your more formal outfits this winter that’ll also keep your trotters dry.

Monkey boots

Let’s face it, boots that were originally made for military purposes are probably the most practical of all choices during mercurial seasons. Enter the monkey boot – originally made in Czechoslovakia for armies during WW2 and adopted by British subculture in the 60s. Called monkey boots because when wearing them, you can effectively climb like a monkey, the footwear features 14-hole construction and side stitch detailing – not to mention wonderfully hard-wearing soles. And, like all the finest things in life, these babies only improve with age.


Words: Ashiana Pradhan
Photography: Mark Sanders
Styling: Millie Rich
Styling assistant: Alexander McCalla