There’s a certain built-in ‘manliness’ that is built in with boots. They are so easy to wear, and toughen up any outfit. With that said, there is a boot spectrum. I like to think there are three general types of boots: dress boots, all around boots, and hunting boots. By not means are any of them restricted to those categories, but generally speaking, you get what I’m saying.
I own these or a version of the majority of these boots, so I’m speaking from experience. Of the boots I don’t own that are on the list: I’m working to round out the collection:
From the top left:
1. R.M. Williams Chelsea Boots: Chelsea boots are so great. I know a couple guys who wear black Chelsea boots with their tuxedos. It’s a great look that shouldn’t be ignored. Looking for the original? Look no further than R.M. Williams. These folks set the tone.
2. Sid Mashburn Suede Chelsea Boots: Same as above, but in suede. The richer texture looks great with wool flannels, canvas chinos, and well tailored jeans. The chocolate option is the way to go, as they break in really well.
3. Loake 1880 Kempton Chukka Boots: The Chukka boot is a good option for the lace-up set. Same as #2, but I like these in Snuff suede. Call me crazy, but the laces give it a more dressy look, so the lighter suede is forgiven.
4. Tecovas Duke Roper Boots: You can’t have a list of dress boots without a pair of exotic ropers. I wear the hell out of my Tecovas Dukes – the full quill ostrich is so cool, and dresses up really well.
5. Red Wing 1178 (or 1155) Pecos: There is a cult following for these Red Wings. I’ve worn the 1155s since college, and added a pair of 1178s a couple years ago. These are the greatest all-around boots. They are tough as nails, and break in really well. I find myself grabbing these without a second thought.
6. Blundstone 550 Boots: Incredibly comfortable on various terrains. Mrs. RCS likes to hunt in these, and chased quail for 4-hours, ~5-miles, and then walked around Thomasville for a couple hours. No complaints, and they clean up well.
7. LL Bean Duck Boots: There isn’t much that hasn’t been said about the iconic duck boots. You can hunt in them, dress them up with cords or jeans, or leave them by the door for quick dog walks or trips to the mail box. Not to mention they are made in the USA and have a lifetime guarantee. These are an investment with a ton of upside.
8. Dubarry Kerry Leather Boots: I finally had these in-hand at Onward Reserve, and am very impressed. These are the Chelsea boots that can get beat up and still work. Rubber soles, sturdy construction, and tough leather equal a great all around boot.
9. Russell Moccasin Zephyr Boots: Being a Georgia guy, these boots are a must. Perfect for chasing dogs down in the Red Hills region. They are built like tanks, and last forever. The zipper in the back gives them a snug fit that provides a little support. Don’t sleep on the custom options – Russell offers quite a few leather options.
10. Dubarry Kildare Boots: I’m in my second season hunting in these, and absolutely love them. They are very lightweight, yet still provide quite a bit of ankle support. The Gore Tex is a must, whether trudging through muck or wet woods.
11. Orvis Featherweight Kangaroo Upland Boots: I prefer pull-on boots, but there are times where lace ups are needed…see: pheasant hunting in the Dakotas. When there’s a ton of walking over all sorts of terrain, I highly recommend lace up boots.
12. Le Chameau Chausser Boots: I don’t have Le Chameaus – yet. I have a couple buddies who have them, and swear by them. Not only are they are an excellent hunting muck boot, but they are good for fishing in ankle deep water as well. I love options.
What did I miss? What’s on your boot rundown?