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Boots and dress boots have taken have become a staple for grooms over the past few years. Changing up the usual dress shoe look, boots add a new and unique dimension to almost any outfit.
If you don’t know the first thing about mens boots or are not sure which pair to choose for your wedding, here is everything you need to know about men’s dress boots.
When it comes to sizing, it is important to find the right sized boot. While this may sound obvious, you need to find a pair that fits perfectly with the socks you will wear; if there is too much movement, your ankles will hate you.
There are a few materials to choose from, but the two best are suede and leather. Both materials are easily the most stylish, and if you choose simple colors such as browns and blacks, they will go with almost any outfit.
Most dress boots will fall into one of three categories. Chelsea boots, Derby Boots, and Chukka boots all have their own unique touches and looks, with each boot fitting into different outfits for different occasions.
When it comes to picking a boot, versatility is something to keep in mind. A good pair of boots can cost a bit of money, but that doesn’t mean you have to get a pair that you can only wear with one outfit or for one type of occasion.
To keep it simple, choose a boot that is a versatile colour, such as black or brown. If you have the money to spend, getting a pair in each of those colours means you always have a pair of boots for any and every outfit.
It would also be a good choice not to get a boot that is highly decorated, such as a boot with large buckles or has a full-cover print.
The Chelsea Boot is one of the most recognizable dress boots around. The defining feature of a Chelsea Boot is that they don’t have any laces and are slip-on. Because of the lack of laces, Chelsea Boots are incredibly versatile.
You are able to wear them in Winter or Summer, in casual or formal settings, and you can even wear them with the right pair of shorts.
A Derby Boot, or lace-up boot, is another very recognizable boot, especially if you’re a fan of Peaky Blinders or other shoes set in that time period. They have a more vintage look and feel but can still look modern with the right outfit. The only downside is that you need to use crease protectors when storing them.
Derby’s aren’t as casual as a Chelsea Boot, but you can still wear them in both formal and informal settings, and they are one of the best kinds of boots to wear to a wedding.
On the more casual side, Chukka Boots, or Desert Boots to some, are made to be worn at any time, with almost any outfit. They can be dressed up with a suit or dressed down with a pair of chino shorts and a button-up shirt.
Made from 100% leather, these lace-up boots from the Thursday Boot Company come in 11 different colours. Not only are they incredibly well-made, but the wide variety of colours lends them to any wardrobe and style.
While they may look formal, they aren’t too formal, meaning you can still dress them down for casual events.
On the more expensive side of the spectrum, Gucci has a pair of ankle boots that are relatively unique looking. Made with a raised heel, they are a bit taller than regular ankle boots and are heavily influenced by medieval style.
Made from some of the best leather around, Gucci boots are designed to last, and while they are expensive, they can easily be the last boot you ever buy.
The Livingston Boot from Taft Clothing breaks the norm, and instead of being made from leather or suede, it is instead created with printed wool. Perfect for a Winter wedding, the solid sole provides ample support, allowing you to wear them all day long.
The Chelsea Boot is sleek and straightforward and made for important, formal functions and events. Devoids of frills, the slimline boot is one of the best-looking shoes on the market and can be easily paired with almost any suit to finish off a look.
Hugo Boss has been a giant in the world of formal men’s fashion for decades. Their side-zip Chelsea Boots are the epitome of effortless style and, once again, can be the first and last boot you ever buy.
If you want something that harkens back to the 1800s, the Balmoral Boot from Beckett Simonon Elliot takes inspiration from the original Balmoral Boot, which was first designed for the English royal family.
The boots have a fairly intricate design and an ornate toe cap and are perfect for weddings and other formal events.
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