The best boots to get you through fall

There comes a time every year when a man must decide which shoes to invest in for the season ahead. As with a winter coat, footwear has the power to make or break an entire outfit and, with that in mind, it’s wise to tread carefully.

While you’re weighing up your options, one item in particular has us excited for the leaves to fall this year: boots. This shoe style can get you through anything this season, and yes, even through the winter. From weekend knock-around work boots to office appropriate dressier styles, we’ve got you covered.

Lace-Up Boots

The term “lace-up boots” is essentially a catch-all for boots with laces. But you already knew that. You’re also probably familiar with the fact that they come in all shapes and sizes, some smart, some sturdy. They can be dressed up enough to be worn with a suit and laid back enough to end up under denim or a pair of cords. A foolproof shoe, indeed.

Suede Boots

While its buttery tactility is more than enough to make us swoon, we’ll freely admit that the hide isn’t known for its durability. But as long as you don’t plan on trudging through any muddy fields and are extra-careful to avoid puddles, there’s no reason why a pair of suede boots shouldn’t play a starring role in your fall wardrobe.

Chelsea Boots

Chelsea boots began life in England in the mid-19th century and didn’t stray far from home until recently. But this style has seen a revival on many of menswear’s best dressed over the past few years. The silhouette is very slim and features elastic side panels and heel pull-tabs.

Hiking Boots

This style may seem more serious than its other boot counterparts, hiking boots are surprisingly versatile. From getting 100 percent mountain-ready to those more suitable for less perilous outdoor activities – your morning coffee run, perhaps.

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