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Monday, April 14, 2014

A Man's Primer on Boots

Good boots are expensive. So expensive that it might seem more appealing to buy a cheaper pair that look like the pair you want.

Don't do that.

You, whoever you are, are a beautiful human being and you deserve a luscious pair of boots that will last you until the end of time. Don't skimp out on a nice pair of boots, because you are worth it. Y'feel.

Anyway, I could talk about different kinds of leathers and soles, but boots make me giddy so let's just get straight to it.

Boots to consider...

Alden Indy ($499) - Alden is a New England based shoe company that makes handcrafted boots and
dress shoes. The 405 model, or the Indy, is perhaps their most popular boot. If you've ever seen Indiana Jones, then you may recognize that these bad boys have been donned by Harrison Ford on the silver screen. Keep in mind that while Alden is a dress bootmaker, Indy's are primarily meant to be worn casually. 


Oakstreet Bootmakers Trench Boot ($426) - Oakstreet is a shoe company based in Chicago (shouts
out to Liv and Gigi) that makes their shoes out of Horween Chromexcel leather. Buttery. The OSB Trench Boots have a sleek profile and are a great alternative to other work boots out there if you're not fond of the chunky aesthetic.

Red Wing [Heritage Line] ($330) - Red Wing is a shoe company that focuses mainly on work boots.
Y'know, for mining and logging and stuff. I'd like to focus your attention on their Heritage Line. The Heritage Line is their more fashion-oriented selection that pays homage to the classic American workboot style. The most notable boots from this selection are the Beckman's, the Iron Ranger's, and the Moc Toe's. These shoes aren't meant to be dressed up. These are beefy beauties that look better the more beat up and worn out they are.

RM Williams ($495) -  The. Chelsea. Boot. These are the real deal (and they're whole cut!). Chelsea's
have an elastic cuff that make them easy to put on and comfortable to wear. They are incredibly versatile to wear and translate better than most boots when it comes to treading into dressier territory. They are definitely a more unique boot worth looking into.

Wolverine [1000 Mile] ($350) - The 1000 Mile line is to Wolverine what the Heritage Line is to Red
Wing. Classic, rugged work boots. This also means that the only thing really worth looking at Wolverine-wise is the 1000 Mile line. Still, that does not take away from how clean, mean, and lean these boots are. These are a slightly dressier alternative to Red Wings.

- Chris

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