If you’re going to step into a new pair of the best men’s boots for fall, you might as well turn toward Danner, right? That’s my thought, at least. The lauded, Pacific Northwest-based bootmaker has taken its considerable expertise and turned it toward a pair of boots — the Danner Mountain 600 Chelsea — that perfectly merge outdoor functionality and casual style. And make no mistake, a good pair of boots should likely top your list of fall style essentials (it’s October, after all!) The design approach taken on the Danner Mountain 600 Chelsea is admirable and much-needed for the guy on the go, especially if you’re someone who’s on their feet a lot (y’know, the office, the coffee shop, the bar, a rock show … you get the picture). But here’s the great thing about these tough Danner boots — they’re quite stylish, as it were. That can be rare at times when shopping for comfortable shoes, but the fact that the Ortholite footbed and Vibram Fuga outsole on the Danner Mountain 600 Chelsea are topped off with rich full-grain leather is pretty darn cool.
That sort of all-day style is what makes the Danner Mountain 600 Chelsea particularly useful this fall. They’ve got the subtly stylish look of your favorite pair of Chelsea boots, combined with the rugged comfort to be worn to a bonfire or off trail on a (rather leisurely) day hike. These aren’t quite a pair of mountaineering boots, but dang it if they don’t feel comfortable enough to take on nearly anything. And another benefit of picking up the Danner Mountain 600 Chelsea? The kind of style that goes with casual style scenarios aplenty. To keep it simple, I’d wear ’em with slim faded denim (try the Flint and Tinder Stonewash Jeans!), plus a grey crewneck sweater and a rugged field watch on a lazy fall weekend. Feeling a bit more polished? Try the Danner Mountain 600 Chelsea with a navy cotton blazer, a garment-dyed Oxford shirt and slim tan chinos — no one will even know these boots were made to go off-trail.
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