Gents – as it gets colder, you may find yourself with a problem. Your dress shoes don't give you the support or grip you need but you're not prepared to throw style out of the window and pull on those practical but ugly boots just yet.
There is a solution to this predicament: a pair of stylish, practical, and durable dress boots that not only withstand the colder weather but work to enhance your wardrobe.
In fact – the best men's dress boots can add a touch of style to an otherwise dull outfit, giving you a rugged yet refined look.
And boots aren't just limited to winter; the right boots can dress up a casual autumnal or spring outfit and they're an awesome talking point because not enough men wear them.
Thus here are 7 reasons why boots are better than shoes:
Durability refers to how tough and hard-wearing a pair of boots is. Put simply – if you're looking out for quality clothes of any kind you always want to consider durability a top priority.
A good cut of leather has the strength and durability to hold its own against rain, wind, and snow. Leather is also 100% waterproof – if cared for and maintained properly.
It's simple gents – boots are designed to be tougher than shoes. Most good boot makers want their boots to last a lifetime – through intense use and all kinds of harsh conditions. After all, what's the use of a boot that falls apart after its first hike through the wilderness?
The best men's boots leverage a Goodyear Welt or a Blake stitch to ensure their soles stay put and match the high-grade leather the boots are made from.
Ever slipped over on ice or fall down a muddy hill? It hurts and doesn't do much for a man's image. No one wants to be covered in mud while their friends laugh at their comedic tumble.
You need a good thick sole with a heavy tread.
Most men's boots come in at around ankle height – varying by about an inch either above or below the ankle line. This allows for a great level of protection against the cold and wet. Depending on the style – an ankle-length boot can be worn with jeans, trousers or a suit.
The high sides of a boot don't just stop the elements attacking your feet. They also provide an enhanced level of support to your ankles during longer sessions of walking.
The best men's boots should protect your ankles and feet. The sole of your foot is one of the most sensitive areas of your body so you want to make sure you're protecting it at all costs.
Dress shoes and trainers tend to have thin leather or rubber soles which don't provide much protection from the elements.
Dress boots are far more versatile than dress shoes.
Wearing formal dress shoes with jeans never looks good. Jeans can be used in smart casual outfits from time to time but when wearing them with really formal shoes like monk straps a man can look like he doesn't know how to dress properly. Many formal shoes carry the same problem so it's a good idea to avoid this pairing at any cost.
However, wearing dress boots with jeans is a different story altogether.
Guys – functionality isn't the only reason to wear a good pair of boots.
You know what they say. The first thing a woman notices about a man is his footwear. Let me tell you – women find a stylish pair of boots hugely attractive. Boots show confidence, power, and style.
What more could a woman want in a man?