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Sep 19, 2012

ManMade's Fall Boot Roundup: 5 Stylish Pairs for Any Budget

created at: 09/19/2012With temperatures cooling down, it's time to put the sandals and sneakers away an opt for something better suited for the season: boots. A quality pair of boots should be a staple in anyone's closet. They can be dressed up, dressed down, worn inside and outside, keep your feet warm, provide ankle and insole support, and most importanly, help you look sharp and manly at the same time.

A quality pair of boots are a worthwhile investment. Provided you take care of them, they can last for more than fifty years, and be worn in any kind of weather. For how many items in your closet can that be said? None in mine.

While none of these are cheap (which is a good thing), each of these pairs are a great value for the money. As with most things, you get what you pay for, so if you're serious, consider saving up and getting the ones that'll last. Your feet, your wardrobe, and your cool points will all be better for it.

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Men's Bean Boots by L.L.Bean®, 8" - $99.00

Designed by Leon Bean himself, these timeless boots combine the waterproof protection of rubber bottom boots with the support and comfort of leather. Each pair in still sewn in Maine, U.S.A., from full grain leather, and come in a variety of widths. Get them from L.L.Bean.

Timberland Earthkeepers Rugged Boot - $142

What's not to love about a pair of shoes that let's you say, "Going on a hike and mushroom hunt. Better take my Earthkeepers." Featuring a big rounded toe, these might not work with a wool suit, but could easily be dressed up with a jacket and dark jeans. Timberland dubs these "eco-concious," using leather from a tannery rated for its water and energy use, and incorporating recycled materials in the outsole, lining, and laces. Avaliable in various colors from Amazon.

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Frye Locke Lace-Up - $228

I bought a pair of Frye boots for my sweetheart, and the salesperson told me he's had the same two pairs that he bought in 1971, and they look even better than they did forty years ago. The Locke's are made from ultra-soft hand-oiled suede, which is flipped to the internal of the tongue, so you get to rub your feet on it all day long. Looks great with the included ivory laces, but you could switch them out for a bold red or blue to really make a statement. Available in tan, camel, and dark brown from The Frye Company.

Red Wing Heritage No. 8111 6" Iron Ranger - $290

The Iron Ranger is named for the miners for whom the boot was designed for, and it can still stand up to such demanding conditions. This one is a bit more versatile than Red Wing's classic 875, lacking that style's white sole, allowing it to blend in just enough that it could be worn with nearly anything. Plus, that back pocket is killer. In three colors from Amazon.

Wolverine 1000 Mile Collection $345-440

(Also pictured at top) Inspired by designs from the early 1900s, Wolverine's 1000 Mile boots are made in Michigan in a 300-step process, executing every detail with perfection. My favorite of the bunch by far, and if I don't find any under my Christmas tree this year, I'm starting a special bank account. Blending a perfect mix of dress and work-styling, these are just what leather boots should look like. A masterpiece of craftsmanship.

 

Which are your favorite boots? Do you know of any well-made, affordable options? Please post them in the comments below.

 

 

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@GSB - The feature on the back of the boot is called a "leather heel pocket"

What pocket are you talking about with the Iron Rangers?

I'm drooling over those Wolverines... (and I can't help but want to shout "Wolverines!" every time I see the name... Red Dawn was such an influence as a kid...)

Excellent choice on the 1,000 Mile Boot.  You can wear them with a suit to the office or with jeans to the pub.  I got the same pair two years ago and love them more than any other shoe I've ever purchased.  It took me a little while to muster up the courage to drop serious coin on these boots but absolutely worth it once you break them in.  You'll have them for a very long time if you take good care of them.

I'd like to throw in these Duluth Trading company 8" Contractor Boots. $169 for a really well-made pair of boots that are great for work, hiking, or just walking around. I've had mine for two weeks now, and never want to take them off.

 

I'll go with the Bloodstone boots. No shoe lace so no water coming in, great sole even in winter snow and ice. Easy to clean.

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