The days are getting longer — but it’s not time to shelve your winter boots just yet. There’s a simple pleasure to be had from leaving the house knowing that your feet are shod in a serious chunk of leather - impervious to dirt, downpours and the tread of other people. Here’s how to make the most of your sturdiest footwear …
Command the commute: Dogs, lorries, dogs driving lorries: commute on a bike and you’ll learn to expect- and dress- for the unexpected. Hunter’s Commando boots laugh in the face of rain and are easy to ride in, much like our rain repellant, hi-vis trimmed Bulletproof chinos. And the dog? Best keep a ball handy in one of the zip-up pockets.
Weekend Wonder: Weekend walks are a bracing way to pass the time. Should you ‘unexpectedly’ stumble across a charming inn on your travels, you’ll want an outfit that’s equal parts ‘I genuinely went for a walk’ and ‘but I’m not a rambler.’ Redwings Moc toe boots, worn with our Olive Hero chinos will do just that. This American heritage brand have been making traditonal work boots since 1905.
Take a Hike: Boots designed for function first continue to climb the style rankings but these, by American manufacturers Danner, scale new heights. Their old-school hiking design belies a modern, lightweight and waterproof upper that’s comfortable and hard-wearing. Turn up your Fives just once to show them off and marvel at how comfortable you feel on and off the trail.
Well-prepped: Wearing heavy-duty boots in town can feel a bit like you’ve overcooked things. To avoid looking like someone who also owns a nuclear bomb shelter, boots with an upper made of leather, like Grenson’s Vincent, and our Sharps chinos, will say ‘prepared for our meeting’ rather than ‘ready for anything’. A subtle but important difference.