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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.