As we transition into autumn/winter and the weather begins to deteriorate, it is important that we alter our footwear to suit.
No longer is it acceptable (or practical) to walk the puddled streets in your flimsy espadrilles or trusty suede loafers. Instead, we suggest you opt for something more seasonally-appropriate: the boot.
Not only are they extremely practical, but their versatile nature means they will see you safely through winter and well into the new year. Whether you favour a casual approach to dressing, or refuse to leave the house without a suit, boots are undoubtedly an AW13 ‘essential’.
Below, we highlight handmade ankle boot options available this year, and provide you with some inspiration on how to style them…
1. Dress Boots
Just because it is a boot, it doesn’t mean it has to be casual. The dress boot is making big waves this season, and for good reason. Unlike many of the other options available, this style allows the wearer to pair with a far smarter wardrobe. Not only that, but they can be worn come work or play.
Wear them with your suit when heading to the office, or with a classic chinos, shirt and blazer combination when hitting the town. If dressing down at the weekend, dark denim (it’s smarter) tends to work best, whilst on top, a polo shirt and lightweight bomber pairing is both on trend and strikes the perfect balance between smart and casual.
To give your outfit an added touch of detailing, opt for a trouser with a turn up, or simply fold the hems of your chinos/jeans a couple of times. Not only does this help dress down the look slightly, but it also shows off your chosen boot to the fullest.
When searching for further styling inspiration, a look to the catwalk never does any harm – and Hardy Amies’ ‘Made In England’ collection is a great starting point. For the brand’s AW13 collection shown at London Collections: MEN, dress boots were paired with sharp, cropped suiting (an excellent way of showing you are wearing boots), whilst the colour scheme included dark greys, black and a healthy dose of tartan.