Fall is an interesting time for footwear. As summer’s heat fades into brisk autumn winds (and, depending on where you live, the occasional frost or snow flurry) sometimes your everyday sneakers just don’t cut it. With a variety of conditions cropping up no matter where you call home, fall is the best time to start plotting what boots you’ll be wearing for the next few months.
But shifting to boots doesn’t mean opting for clunky footwear. Naturally, you need something that can hold its weight when it comes to the elements, but you’re someone who appreciates a little ‘form’ with the ‘function.’ Fear not. With everything from work boots to modern-day sneakerboots, there’s an abundance of footwear that can fit the bill. However, there’s no reason to feel overwhelmed, thanks to our partner Finish Line, the best boots are curated and ready to roll.
From Nike to Timberland, we’ve stacked up the best and boldest boots available this season. Accept nothing less than steadfast style with the demanding durability you deserve.
Nike Air Max 95 Sneakerboot
It may be inspired by the Air Maxs you’ve been rocking all summer, but this sneaker is ready for more than just sun-soaked sidewalks. Taking cues from the classic Air Max 95 design and fusing it with toasty technology, this iteration begins with an inner bootie of heat-reflective neoprene to keep wearers’ feet warm and dry in a variety of conditions. A textured rubber sole keeps traction locked down, and the waterproof leather toe and water-resistant upper keeps your toes dry. With it’s streamlined sneaker-inspired shape, visible air sole units around the sole, and its monochromatic palette, this Air Max 95 is basically a guaranteed sartorial win.
Timberland Field Boot
Timberland is not one to mess around when it comes to heavy-duty footwear, and while you’re probably familiar with its signature 6-inch model, there’s still plenty to love on the brand’s extended roster.Case in point, the Timberland Field Boot: the premium leather and supple nubuck you expect from a pair of Timbs, tweaked with a mid-top silhouette and extra-durable details.. A rugged lug sole serves as the base, but your foot will be cradled all day in the boot’s cushioned inner midsole. Finished off with branding on the upper and metal eyelets, there’s plenty of small touches on this boot to make it a real standout. Wrapped up with traditional Timberland boot laces, these still keep that traditional look even down to the details. Once you’ve slid these on your feet, there’s nothing in nature that you won’t be able to handle—even if the most outdoorsy thing you’re into is going apple picking with your significant other.
Polo Ralph Lauren Ranger Boot
You don’t need to be a Lo Head to fall in love with these Polo Ranger Boots. While most boots you add to the rotation serve a purely functional purpose (otherwise known as: keeping your feet warm and dry no matter what Mother Nature cooks up), this classically-inspired shape will have you turning heads as you tromp across puddles, fields and early snows. Constructed out of dark leather, you can rest assured this boot will look handsome with practically anything in your closet. A padded boot collar and cushioned insole will keep things comfy on the inside, but the traction-patterned rubber outsole and toe buckle are sure to establish a locked-down fit. Oh, and in case anyone wants to check your pedigree, point them to the top notch Polo detailing on the neck and tongue of the boot. Dressed up, or down and dirty—if you’re on the hunt for the one boot that can do it all, you know where to look.
Timberland Euro Hiker Boot
Have you ever liked the idea of backpacking around Europe—but not the idea of having to catch a flight to the continent? Enter Timberland’s Euro Hiker: a boot that’s rugged enough to handle both back roads and city streets, but still isn’t afraid to keep style in the top spot. Sure, this boot may be a solid style choice with its simplified color palette, and contrasting tongue graphic, but its sturdy design will make it a regular in nearly any situation. With a body of full-grain leather and Cordura nylon, the upper can stand on its own, supported by the environmentally-friendly Green Rubber outsole. With a springy EVA midsole a part of every step, you won’t need to visit the Alps to see why—when it comes to boots—this has earned a spot at the mountaintop.
Nike Mobb Ultra High Boot
Picking up where the Nike ACG Mowabb left off, the Mobb boot meets Nike all-conditions tech with the streetwise design of Beaverton’s classic sneakers. It may look like a high-top sneaker on the outside, but when the outer is comprised of water-resistant leather with a gusseted neoprene tongue and tight mesh toe, there’s clearly more than meets the eye. The high-abrasion rubber provides traction unlike a more traditional boot sole, thanks to the plethora of sneaker-inspired groves on the outsole. Add in the retro heel cage and padded ankle collar, and this boot is clearly ready for your next on-the-trail transition.
The North Face Snowfuse Boots
You never truly realize how badly you need quality snow boots until the late fall flurries really start to get into full swing. It’s not just that “snow” is in the name when it comes to these boots from The North Face, they boast the technology to truly be worth of the name. While these boots start with suede, the material’s waterproofed treatment means that you’ll be stepping through snowbanks without breaking a sweat. With an injection-molded EVA and a proprietary “Winter Grip” rubber, long walks in foul weather will be as simple as a sunny day stroll. But perhaps the boot’s greatest features are its simplest; a fleece-lined interior and just-above-the-ankle mid rise silhouette are time-honored tech-free ways to keep the chill away from your toes.
Timberland 6 Inch Premium Classic Boot
It’s hard to beat a true classic. While this Timberland boot is a notorious staple in NYC, its sheer combination of beefy durability and timeless style have made this an icon just about everywhere. An upscale twist on the favorite all-season boot, this “Premium” iteration is outfitted with waterproof nubuck and leather. Anti-fatigue technology and an overall reduced weight mean that, while you’ve definitely been on your toes all day, your feet don’t feel that way. Of course, the Timberland boot is an icon on the outside, but the interior is just as impressive. Crafted with a combination of a climate control lining and moisture-wicking fabric, your feet are practically guaranteed to stay warm and dry—regardless of what’s happening around you. Finished off with the padded collar and rugged lug sole, you’d be hard pressed to find a reason not to cop a pair of these classics.
Polo Ralph Lauren Drax Boots
The double buckle on this Polo Ralph Lauren boot isn’t just for show, it’s a testament to how secure and grounded this sturdy—yet flashy—piece of footwear truly is. Two toned leather makes this an all-around stylish selection, with the textured rubber outsole providing traction in less than ideal conditions. Thick boot laces lock the look together, but the buckles on the boot neck and foot arch give wearers the opportunity to truly customize their boots’ fit. If you’re looking for something that shouts style from a mile away—shouts to that Polo branded leather patch—but has the stamina to last for days, this is your new multi-seasonal boot.
Nike Manoa Boots
Nike’s Manoa boot looks like a winter-weather heavyweight, but rest assured that it’s influenced by details found in your favorite summer-weather kicks. Built with under ACG (aka All Conditions Gear) banner, the Manoa boot lives up to the collection that inspired it. The leather upper and high top silhouette give it the appearance of a classic pair of Nike sneakers, but the padded collar and thick outer help turn this sneaker-inspired boot into an all-weather contender. Your boots aren’t worth a thing if they don’t have a little “sole,” and the Manoa delivers in spades with its thick ACG-branded midsole and high-traction tread rubber outsole. With a strong set of dependable, closet-ready colorways, along with a unique gray leather iteration, having the Manoa means that you don’t have to shelve your swooshes the moment the weather turns to rain, sleet, or snow.
Nike Air Max Goaterra Boot
If Nike was looking to craft a work boot that was ready for just about anything, the Air Max Goaterra sure seems to be a frontrunner. As the name implies, the Goaterra boot is packed with Air Max within the heel, but the springy Nike tech isn’t the only thing this model has up its sleeve. A cushioned boot collar supports the ankle, while a PU midsole works in concert with the Air Max units to give every step an added boost. A lugged traction sole turns your feet into human-powered snow tires, rendering slippery sidewalks into de facto runways. With metal eyelets, a subtle swoosh logo, and an all-over finish in smooth black leather, the Goaterra boot isn’t just built for all weather conditions—it’s built for all that life has to throw your way.