A Guide to Shoes and Boots: Part 2

Part 2 of my Guide to Shoes and Boots, covering dress boots, and casual dress boots.

Dress Boots

By their very nature, boots are more casual than regular shoes, so while some dress boots can be worn with suits, none of them are suitable for truly formal events; for work however, a good pair of dress boots are a perfectly acceptable. However, boots are best left to the colder, wetter months, where they provide more warmth and protection than regular shoes.

Oxford Boot

Oxford Boot

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The most formal dress boot, this is basically the boot version of the Oxford shoe. Better left for colder weather, the Oxford Boots are still acceptable for everyday business wear, including with business suits; they are, however, still a bit too formal for casual wear.

Like the regular Oxford Shoe, the boot comes with a cap toe, closed lacing,  and with varying degrees of broguing.

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Derby Boot

Loake-Loake Burford-Black Calf-3417-1150-1

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Slightly less formal than the regular Derby Shoe, the Derby Boot is best worn with business casual attire. At its most formal (Black, Cap Toe, no broguing), the boot is good enough to be worn with a business suit, and at its most casual (light tan, wing tip) it can be worn with jeans.

Alfred Sargent-Alfred Sargent Howard-Acorn Calf-6912-3669-1

Herring-Herring Stratford-Chestnut Calf-2867-1522-1

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Casual Dress Boots

The next few boots straddle the line between casual and dressy, depending mostly on the material of the shoe, and the style in general. Leather is more formal than suede, and laces are more formal than elastic or straps.

Chukka Boot

Cheaney-Cheaney Boughton-Dark Leaf-6925-3681-1

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The Chukka Boot is typically distinguished by the following characteristics:

  • they only have two or three lacing eyelets
  • they are traditionally made from suede
  • they have a rounded toe box, and open lacing
  • they have a leather sole

A casual dress boot, they are best worn with jeans or chinos. Although it is traditionally made from suede, they can be found in plain leather as well; if you are planning on wearing them with a suit, these are the ones to chose. The Chukka Boot is somewhat synonymous with the Desert Boot, which is technically the more casual version; typically made from suede with a rubber sole. The two names are often used interchangeably, but the Desert Boot is best worn with more casual attire, like jeans.

Church-Church Ryder Crepe-Brown Suede-1084-625-1 (1) Church-Church Sahara Crepe III-Sand suede-3277-1516-1

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Chelsea Boot

Herring-Herring Wilson-Black Calf-2731-1464-1

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The Chelsea Boot is an ankle-high boot that is easily distinguished by its elastic side opening and rounded toe box. The Chelsea boot is incredibly versatile, and can be worn with a variety of outfits. In a high quality polished leather, the Chelsea boot can be worn with a suit (but again, not for formal occasions), or with more casual outfits when made from suede, or with broguing. The Chelsea Boot is a wardrobe staple.

Herring-Herring Dundee-Cognac-6509-3391-1 Herring-Herring Wilson-Dark Leaf Calf-2732-1465-1

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Jodhpur boot

Herring-Herring George-Black Calf-3774-2078-1

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The Jodhpur boot is an ankle length boot that, like the Monk Strap, is designed to be fastened with a buckle, instead of laces or elastic. A casual boot whose origins lay in horseback riding, the Jodhpur is a stylish alternative to the Chelsea boot, and can be worn in the much same way; that is, with jeans, chinos, or a casual suit. The boot can be found with a relatively short strap, like the one pictured above, or with longer straps the wrap around the boot multiple times, like the one pictured below.

Double-Strap-Jodhpur-boot-by-Zonkey-Boots-600x400 Herring-Herring George-Brown Waxy-7482-4018-1 (1)

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Recommended Reading

Because boots are such a fascinating topic, and because it is sometimes difficult to find a good deal of information on them, I have included some articles for you to peruse.

The Chukka Boot by Gentleman’s Gazette

The Chelsea Boot by Gentleman’s Gazette

The Jodhpur Boot by Gentleman’s Gazette

Coming Soon

The next article in the series will be on casual shoes and boots, and the one after that will be on work/exercise shoes and boots.

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