It’s winter and its time to put away your puffy summer loafers & pumps and invest into some stylish boots, they come in many different styles and materials when it comes to boots you need stylish but practical ones, not stupid plastic patent leather crap, but good leather ones, that come with a welted sole, so when you have worn the sole down you can get them resoled again, lm going to cover three different styles of boots, all these styles are all ways in my wardrobe. The other reason l like to wear boots in winter, they give you good support on your ankles when trying to walk through snow and ice.
Oxblood Leather Chelsea Boot’s
Cognac Brown Suede Chelsea Boots
The first style I want to cover is the Chelsea boot, they are close-fitting, ankle-high boots with an elastic side panel. They often have a loop or tab of fabric on the back of the boot, enabling the boot to be pulled on. The boot dates back to the Victorian era, when it was worn by both men and women.
The design is credited to Queen Victoria‘s shoemaker J. Sparks-Hall. The shoemaker, J. Sparks-Hall claimed that “She (Queen Victoria) walks in them daily and thus gives the strongest proof of the value she attaches to the invention”. In his advertising of the period, he refers to the boot as J. Sparkes-Hall’s Patent Elastic Ankle Boots.The boot became popular for horse riding as well as walking.
Charles Goodyear‘s development of vulcanised rubber enabled the invention of the elastic gusset boot. The advantage of elasticised boots meant they could be easily removed and put on again. By the late 1840s, the fashion began to catch on. This became a prominent style in the West until the onset of World War I.
In the 1950s and ’60s, Chelsea boots became popular in the UK – and their association with the King’s Road (a street in Chelsea and Fulham in inner western London) set of Swinging London – worn by everyone from the Rolling Stones to Jean Shrimpton – is believed to explain how the name “Chelsea” became attached to the boot. They come in many different colours & fabrics, my two choices are Oxblood leather & Cognac brown suede, these two styles are great addition to any Gentlemen’s wardrobe use looking to up date his boots collection.
Tan Leather Ankle Brogue Boots
Brown Suede Brogue Boots
My next choice is one of my favourites it’s the brogue boot, Modern brogues trace their roots to a rudimentary shoe originating in Scotland and Ireland that was constructed using untanned hide.Modern brogues feature decorative perforations. These are often said to stem from the original Irish brogues as well, specifically from holes intended to allow water to drain from the shoes when the wearer crossed wet terrain such as a bog. However, contemporary descriptions of the original brogues do not mention such holes.The word “brogue” came into English in the late sixteenth century. It comes from the Gaelic bróg (Irish), bròg (Scottish) “shoe”, from the Old Norse “brók” meaning “leg covering”. The Scots word brogueis also used to denote a bradawl or boring tool as well as the action of piercing with such a tool.
The word “brogue” was first used to describe a form of outdoor, country walking shoe in the early twentieth century traditionally worn by men. At that time the brogue was not considered to be appropriate for other occasions, social or business. Over time perceptions have changed and brogues are now considered appropriate in most contexts, including business. Brogues continue to be most common as leather dress and casual shoes and boots, but can also be found in many other forms including canvas and leather sneakers and high-heeled women’s shoes. When you come to invest into a pair of Brogue boots there are two styles, heel boots & high leg boots, the difference is one comes to your Ankle the other covers the first half of your calf, the colour l choose is tan, they look fantastic with Denim indigo jeans, you can get them in chest nut-brown even classic black, Oxblood is another nice
Brown Suede Chukka boots
Brown Calf Leather Chukka Boots
My next choice Chukka boot, they are ankle-high leather boots with suede or leather uppers, leather or rubber soles, and open lacing with two or three pairs of eyelets. The name chukka comes from the game of polo, where a chukka is a period of play.
Chukkas are usually made from calfskin or suede, although they can be made from other materials.The style first became popular in the late 1940s through the 1960s as casual wear.In the 21st century, chukkas persist as a popular menswear shoe, particularly in the United Kingdom. They are simular to desert boots but desert boots are made with a crepe soft sole, not leather or rubber uppers. my choice of Chukka boots are my suede Cognac ones, they are a stylish piece of footwear.
A good pair of boots will see you through many bad season’s, when it comes to cost a good pair of boots can cost up to £100 or more, my favourite place to buy my boots are Samuel Windsor, they offer nothing but good leather shoes, you can get leather or rubber soles, my choice is if you’re looking for a dress boot go for a leather upper, if your looking to do more than go say to the office or a night out, invest in a rubber sole, these are also better for winter.
Here is a couple of pictures to inspire you in how to dress with these style of boots, boots look great if paired with the right outfit, it just takes a little imagination & thought.
The first Image we have a classic look and style, we have a pair of beige suede boots, paired with a classic camel overcoat & slim fit Jean’s, this a simple urban street style but very easy to achieve.
Here we have the Chelsea boot in a dark tan leather, with a more square toe, mixed with the indigo jeans, the boots just pop and stand out, this a more refined look mixed with a nice over coat & driving gloves, these boots word go great with a nice Navy suit or a mid grey suit.
In this picture we have the classic Chukka boot in a dark brown, l like this outfit its very stylish, but it still has a touch of urban chic, this guy has first gone with an US navy watch cap than gone with a classy navy rollneck, then added the old trusted M65 field Jacket, then added a pair of straight fitting slate grey trousers, this outfit would loom great in the office or on a day out.
If you’re a hipster you will love this outfit, here we have my favourite boot, the classic brogue boot in tan, here again they have gone with a straight fit indigo jeans, then a plain grey mark T-shirt, finished with a classic rain mac, then to add a touch of class he’s added a Trilby hat, I lime how his belt & watch strap match his boots, you can use this style with a waist coat & a white Oxford shirt.
One area l want to mention is looking after your boots, here in the UK we get some very bad weather and our foot wear do take a bashing, from cold rainy weather to very hot summer’s, these kind of weather’s dry out & damage the leather, so like your skin, your boots need cleaning, so a good cleaning kit is a must, if your like me and have most colours of leather, you then need the right shoe polishes, a tin of black, tan, brown, Oxblood, and good old neutral, if you have tan shoes and put drown polish on them, you will simply make the boot darker, looking after boots is easy, you need to make sure you wipe or brush all the crap of the boot, then apply the polish in the correct colour, wait for it to dry, then polish with a leather shammy, l normally put two good coats on, this seals a nourishes the leather and give it a nice patina.
Suede cleaning block for suede boots
Suede Copper Wire Cleaning Brush
When it comes to looking after suede boots you need the right kit as your boots can looked buggerd very quick, as here in the UK in winter we use salt on the roads during winter, when the ice melts it mixes with the salt and can damage your shoes very quickly indeed, once you take off your boots, use the suede cleaning block to clean the stubborn marks then you use the wire brush to bring the Knapp back up you can use a foam cleaner, but be careful at these can strip the suede from the shoe.
I hope again you have found inspiration in this blog and it will help you to dress better and be a true stylish gent, again this blog has not been sponsored by no buddy, it’s just done for the love of fashion and to inspire new fashionista’s
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