After a summer of wearing varying types of soft, lightweight, flimsy, slip-on and slip-off shoes or sandals, it’s great to finally wear something with a bit of support that doesn’t make your feet vulnerable to any type of passing traffic. Not only will your feet benefit from it but your style will, too. Proper boots give you those Nick Wooster levels of style, the kind that has evolved and matured over time. Treat them well though, smother them in leather creams and waterproof sprays, and you’ll both reap the benefits.
Rangers Leather and Suede
A refined take on a more rugged style, these A.P.C. boots feature a gripped rubber sole and padded suede ankle support for comfort, and smooth, polished leather to keep things looking smart.
Yuketen have updated a classic lace-up style with some unusual features including suede colorblocking and a chunky tread sole finish.
Common Projects have applied their minimalist shoe aesthetic to the iconic Chelsea Boot style. With a smooth leather upper and tonal elastic side, the boots sit on top of a stacked crepe rubber sole.
Diemme's signature Roccia boot has been updated with a grey marl "Tweed Extra" felt exterior which is not only warm but water-resistant, in addition to a cow leather interior lining.
The downside of a smart, lace-up pair of leather boots is that sometimes they're not durable enough to withstand serious winters. This pair by Grenson, however, have been given a massive, lightweight sole to make sure they can.
The lower-top of these lace-ups give them a slightly less formal look, as does the distressed, waxed leather upper. Other features include a stitched toe cap, raw trim and tonal leather laces, all on top of a Vibram sole.
Boots don't have to mean reserved, especially not with these camo-print ones by Mark McNairy - who else? The simple Derby boot style has been made from ripstop canvas with a ridgeway sole. Best of all, they're made in England.
875 Moc Toe
It wouldn't be a list of the top winter boots without mentioning Red Wing. The Style 875 was created in the 1950s as a work boot with an insulating crepe sole. Over 50 years later, these bad boys are still made in the USA.
Hand Sewn Hiker
If you're after some boots that are as much a piece of art as they are shoes, this pair from FEIT will fit the bill. These are built from start to finish by one craftsman, with an upper made from one whole piece of vegetable-tanned leather, alongside a sheepskin lining.
Lunargrand Lace Boot
Cole Haan have treated their lace-up leather boots to the comfort of a sneaker with a Nike Lunarlon sole. Keeping things appropriate for the season, the boots are fully waterproof with a natural storm welt.
This pair by Hardy Amies are the perfect example of a classic design done right. They're bench-made in Northampton, UK, with a full brown leather upper and Dainite sole.
1880 Bedale Boots
These boots are Made in England and feature brogue-style punch detailing along the seams. The boots are fully leather lined, with leather insoles and Goodyear Welted rubber soles.
Vans Vault x Diemme
Buffalo Boot LX
Vans Vault and Diemme joined forces on a joint reinterpretation of the Vans Buffalo boot, incorporating hiking hallmarks such as metal hardware and the Vibram outsole, resulting in a pair of boots characteristic of both brands.
Yuketen step away from some of their more usual styles with these 9-hole boots. Crafted from brushed suede with a hand-notched storm welt by Goodyear, the slim Vibram sole gives a more streamlined silhouette.
Han Kjobenhavn have given their Danish edge to the classic hiking boot. The brown leather upper is contrasted by a cognac-colored toe box, completed by a thick crepe sole.
Handmade in Italy, these leather beauties are a tough pair of Moc toe boots from the Italian hiking designers over at Fracap. Equipped with a leather upper and lining and a Vibram sole, they even come with an extra pair of laces.
White Mountaineering x Tretorn
Black Gore-Tex Boots
White Mountaineering have teamed up with Tretorn on this pair of boots which combine functionality with style. The Gore-Tex paneling ensures waterproof protection, with the rest of the upper constructed from suede and a felted fabric lining for warmth.
Virgil Folk Boots
Coming at the price they do, these visvim boots are more of an investment than a seasonal purchase but worth it nonetheless. Currently only available in-store, if you're thinking of dropping this kind of money on a pair of boots it's probably worth copping a feel of them in the flesh.
6" Premium Boot
If you thought Timberland's signature boot style couldn't get any better, then think again. The style has been reinvented in all-black, including black eyelets, for an update on a classic.
Grey Charles 2 Wingtip Brogue Boots
The grey and orange colorway of these wingtip brogue boots make an interesting change to the majority of their brown and black counterparts. The waterproof panelled upper features perforated brogue-style detailing contrasted against a white rubber sole.