Following on from yesterday’s controversial pick (just me that likes them then! :)) comes a trend that everyone should be on board with this Autumn/Winter. As I have been saying over the last couple of weeks, worker wear and military are going to be a massive presence with men’s fashion this coming season. With everything from military jackets to slouchy/comfort jeans to check and plaids being stronger than ever, I think it is time to step up and be a MAN this year.
So what happens when you have bought all this clothing which has a strong manly aura and presence? You have to have the right footwear to go with it. Chunky hi-tops are going to be massive again and really work due to the balance and strength they provide within the basis of your outfit. The same applies to today’s featured item… the men’s work boot.
I love the work boot and it has always been an essential item for me to have within my wardrobe. They work so well with any jean type, because they add girth and strength to a skinny cut (tucked in of course) but also work with comfort fits which will sometimes over power smaller footwear. For instance, I think that low cut canvas trainers with the wrong jean type can look “lost” or “swamped”.
So this season reach for the worker boot in a nice worn leather. I am thinking of large, hi-top boots with lace ups right to the top – let’s really push that military and manual worker theme out there and make a strong impression and presence with your look. You can dress them up with slim jeans tucked in, a nice shirt, skinny tie and military style pea coat or mac OR you can go the other way and rock them with the comfort jeans, simple v-neck tee, plaid shirt and hoody or leather jacket over the top. The options are limitless as they work so well and provide so many variations of look when you dress them up with different contrasting styles. Please NEVER wear these with a suit though – it might seem obvious to a lot of you, but I have seen this first hand. I love contrasting styles but this is a step too far for ANY man.
The other benefit to these boots are that they are always well constructed and built to last – they are called worker boots for a reason! They were designed for the harsh weather and conditions that Autumn/Winter brings here in the UK, so they are a real investment item. They have had a strong presence each and every year recently and I fully expect this to continue due to their versatility and practicality.
I have put together a collection of worker boots from around the web which I think will appeal to you all. Black or dark brown would be my personal choice, as they are timeless colours that you will get great use out of each year.
Men’s Work Boots
Hi-Fashion From Oki-Ni
These have the form of big worker boots with a little bit more flair. Hi-Fashion examples from Alexander McQueen, Shofolk, Rick Owens and the like…
These are going to be slightly smarter versions using premium fabrics such as suede’s and creased leathers. They are not traditional military boots or worker boots but they work within the same principles when creating an outfit. Designers like Paul Smith, John Varvatos, YMC, Red Wing and Grenson.