10 best men’s boots

Alongside Sunday roasts and guilt-free Netflix binges, autumn also brings the opportunity to invest in a brand new pair of boots. The most hard-working shoe in your wardrobe, a smart boot purchase can take you all the way from autumn to spring, via pub lunches, snowy commutes and a fair few knees ups. From classics like the Chelsea boot to the season’s hottest hiking boot trend, we’ve picked ten of the best to invest in this year.

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1. Chelsea



Kurt Geiger London, Bennett Chelsea Boots


Oh, the Chelsea boot. A style icon for decades – think 60s mods – it’s still a firm favourite in our eyes. Nab yourself a classic but modern pair, like these beauties from Kurt Geiger.


Kurt Geiger London, Bennett Chelsea Boots, £119


2. Hiking



Dune Chichester Double Collar Casual Boots


Hiking boots are the key boot for this season. From Louis Vuitton to Giorgio Armani, they were sported all over the catwalks. The shoe you once wore for your mountain jaunt is now your daily get-up. We approve.


Dune, Chichester Double Collar Casual Boots, £120


3. Desert



KG Porter Desert Boots


Inspired by the boots WWII soldiers wore in Egypt, today’s desert boots are ideal for colder climes. Minimal and sleek, play with colour and choose a navy version for office or off-duty dressing.


KG, Porter Desert Boots, £69


4. Chukka



Barbour Redhead Plain Toe Chukka Boots


We feel a lot of affection for the chukka. The thin laces and simple, sleek style is minimal on fuss, max on versatility. Not got these in your repertoire? Get them in there pronto.


Barbour, Redhead Plain Toe Chukka Boots, £125


5. Formal



PS By Paul Smith Gerald Chisel Toe Formal Chelsea Boots


Yes, boots can be smart. Pair polished Chelsea boots with slim black trousers and a pea coat for dinner, or with a suit – keep the leg slim and cut to show off the shoe’s shape – for fancier affairs.


PS By Paul Smith, Gerald Chisel Toe Formal Chelsea Boots, £200


6. Brogue



Ted Baker Miylan 3 Burnished Brogue Boots


Brogue boots occupy that happy middle ground, being both rugged and gentleman-esque at the same time. They’re as good with jeans as they are a suit.


Ted Baker, Miylan 3 Burnished Brogue Boots, £170


7. Biker



Kurt Geiger London Hogan Biker Boot


Sometimes feel the need to channel a bit of Beckham in Belstaff? Us too. Put on some biker boots and you’ll be prepped for anything winter throws at you.


Kurt Geiger London, Hogan Biker Boots, £119


8. 6 inch



Timberland A139u Classic 6 Inch Chukka Boots


Timberland’s 6 inch chukka boots are something of an icon. Always cool, they take on new relevance this year with fashion’s protectionist, weather-beating mood going on.


Timberland, A139u Classic 6 Inch Chukka Boots, £175


9. Low rise



Howick Cove Bay Crepe Effect Lace Up Trainers


Is it a boot? Is it a shoe? Happily confuddle passers-by with a trainer-boot hybrid that’s ideal for warmer autumnal days.


Howick, Cove Bay Crepe Effect Lace Up Trainers, £65


10. Dress



KG Parker Dress Boots


With a vintage vibe that feels perfectly ‘now’, dress boots are what you need for adding edge to a smart outfit and polish to a casual one. Prepare to take the floor…


KG, Parker Dress Boots, £89