ULTIMATE MEN'S BOOT GUIDE

Guide to Men's Boot Styles | Anatomy of a Boot & Common Terminology | Boot Toe Styles Boot Sole Style Guide

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We have compiled a simple visual guide in men's boot styles. We cover everything from dress boots to hiking boots with examples.

The Dress Boot

More formal boots can be worn with suits and dress pants. The boots are built similarly like a dress shoe but instead have a boot silhouette that covers the ankles. Normally worn as an alternative to a dress shoe in inclement weather.

Allen Edmonds First Avenue Dress Boot (Buy on Amazon)

Allen Edmonds First Avenue Dress Boot (Buy on Amazon)

Thursday Boot Company President Boot (Buy on Amazon)

Thursday Boot Company President Boot (Buy on Amazon)

Bruno Marc Bergan Boot (Buy on Amazon)

Bruno Marc Bergan Boot (Buy on Amazon)

The Casual Boot

Casual boots come in everyday versatile styles that can be dressed up or down. Unlike dress boots that are worn for style rather than function, the casual boot is more informal and can be more utilitarian in design. Many of today's popular casual boots are workwear inspired and look great distressed. Pair these boots with a pair of jeans for a rugged look. Make sure to check out our list of Best Made in USA Boots for a look at our favorite casual boots.

Original Chippewa Collection Service Utility Boot (Buy on Amazon)

Original Chippewa Collection Service Utility Boot (Buy on Amazon)

Red Wing Iron Rangers (Buy on Amazon)

Red Wing Iron Rangers (Buy on Amazon)

Timberland Chestnut Ridge Boot (Buy on Amazon)

Timberland Chestnut Ridge Boot (Buy on Amazon)

The Chelsea Boot

Popularized by the Mod scene in 1960’s Britain, this classic boot style is easily defined by it’s no lace design with minimal adornment on the upper for a sleek and thin look. It’s height usually ends at the ankles. The Chelsea boot is a versatile style that can be dressed up with a suit or down with denim.

Frye Men's James Chelsea Boot (Buy on Amazon)

Frye Men's James Chelsea Boot (Buy on Amazon)

Ted Baker Camroon 4 Suede Chelsea Boot (Buy on Amazon)

Ted Baker Camroon 4 Suede Chelsea Boot (Buy on Amazon)

Doc Martens Chelsea Boot (Buy on Amazon)

Doc Martens Chelsea Boot (Buy on Amazon)

The Chukka Boot

Also known as a Desert Boot, the Chukka boot is often defined by it’s 2 or 3 lacing eyelets and ankle high uppers usually made of suede or leather. Usually paired with casual wear or to give a suit a more casual look. 

Clarks Men's Bushacre 2 Desert Boot (Buy on Amazon)

Clarks Men's Bushacre 2 Desert Boot (Buy on Amazon)

Florsheim Montinaro Dress Chukka Boot (Buy on Amazon)

Florsheim Montinaro Dress Chukka Boot (Buy on Amazon)

Steve Madden Helee Chukka Boot (Buy on Amazon)

Steve Madden Helee Chukka Boot (Buy on Amazon)

The Work Boot

Functional boots made for working environments and harsh weather. Common features on a work boot include lugged rubber outsoles for traction and steel toe caps for safety. Work boots are made with functionality and safety in mind and often lack the more sophisticated looks of a dress or casual boot. Some work boot styles like the Timberland Classics have become streetwear fashion favorites. Check out our list of Best Boots Made in USA where we feature some of our favorite American made work boots.

Thorogood American Heritage 814-4200 (Buy on Amazon)

Thorogood American Heritage 814-4200 (Buy on Amazon)

Danner Bull Run Cristy Boot (Buy on Amazon)

Danner Bull Run Cristy Boot (Buy on Amazon)

Timberland Classic Wheat Boot (Buy on Amazon)

Timberland Classic Wheat Boot (Buy on Amazon)

THE Combat Boot

Combat boots are especially made for military and law enforcement use and are designed around functionality. Recently, this style of boot has become popular in casual streetwear with brands like Doc Martens and some fashion designers who have released their own combat-style inspired boots. If you are fan of the style for casual wear make sure to check out our list of Best Alternatives to Doc Martens in Every Price Range.

Corcoran Jump Boots (Buy on Amazon)

Corcoran Jump Boots (Buy on Amazon)

Doc Martens 1460 boots (Buy on Amazon)

Doc Martens 1460 boots (Buy on Amazon)

Rothko Desert Tan Sierra Boots (Buy on Amazon)

Rothko Desert Tan Sierra Boots (Buy on Amazon)

Hiking Boots

Hiking boots are made for trekking outdoors and come in a variety of designs and materials. With an emphasis on comfort and sole tractions, hiking boots often include features like special insoles, lining for breathability and high traction outsoles. Hiking boots are often made with special outsoles with outdoor conditions in mind. For a closer look at some cool hiking boot styles check out our article 10 Stylish Hiking Boots For Men.

Danner Men’s Mountain Light II Hiking Boot (Buy on Amazon)

Danner Men’s Mountain Light II Hiking Boot (Buy on Amazon)

The North Face Back-To-Berkeley Redux (Buy on Amazon)

The North Face Back-To-Berkeley Redux (Buy on Amazon)

KEEN Men's Targhee II Mid WP Hiking Boot (Buy on Amazon)

KEEN Men's Targhee II Mid WP Hiking Boot (Buy on Amazon)

Snow/Rain Boots

Boots that are made especially for inclement weather conditions such as snow, ice and rain. A good snow/rain boot is waterproof with special lining for foot insulation from cold weather. Many people opt-in to purchasing special winter footwear that are made to handle rain and snow. Check out our list of Best Men's Winter Boots for our top picks for this winter season.

Columbia Bugaboot Plus III Omni Boot (Buy on Amazon)

Columbia Bugaboot Plus III Omni Boot (Buy on Amazon)

Sorel Caribou Winter Wool Boot (Buy on Amazon)

Sorel Caribou Winter Wool Boot (Buy on Amazon)

Timberland Schazzberg Insulated Boot (Buy on Amazon)

Timberland Schazzberg Insulated Boot (Buy on Amazon)


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