The Thursday Buy: The HELM Boots Zind Teak Boots Are Your New Favorite Fall Boots

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Possibly your new favorite boots for fall, no doubt about it.

Make no mistake, I’m certainly of the opinion that you should invest in the best of the best when it comes to your daily fall style staples, including, most crucially, your new favorite leather boots. In fact, that’s where HELM Boots comes into play. Based out of Austin, Texas and a favorite of the blog for at least a couple years (read more about them here, for starters), they take great care in handcrafting boots right in Austin using time-honored techniques and some serious attention to detail. What it all boils down to is that the HELM Boots Zind Boots are your new favorite fall boots, and they’re here not a moment too soon to save your fall and winter wardrobe. How’s that sound? Pretty great, right? It gets better, though. Not only are the HELM Zind Boots some of the most rugged leather boots for fall, they also happen to be available for $50 off when you order your first pair from HELM Boots. You really can’t top that mix of craftsmanship and (relative) affordability, can you?

SHOP: The HELM Boots Zind Boots 

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A clean and classic profile make these some of the most versatile boots you can buy right now.

Of course, as you might expect from HELM Boots — and rightfully so — the specs of these handsome leather boots are on-point, from the construction to the craftsmanship and heritage. Despite the fact that HELM is just over a decade old, that’s mighty impressive. To be more specific, the Balthazar leather is rugged-yet-refined and should age quite nicely over time. What’s more, the narrow profile makes the HELM Zind Boots dressier, arguably, than others in your rotation. That means you should feel comfortable wearing them with everything from slim denim and a henley to a white Oxford shirt and tan chinos. Yes indeed, when opportunity knocks to pick up your new favorite leather boots, answer the call and get the HELM Zind Boots.

SHOP: The HELM Boots Zind Boots 

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The Thursday Buy: FRYE’s Tyler Boots are Some of Fall’s Best Boots

FRYE Tyler Boots

Lace up some of the coolest, most rugged boots for men this fall.

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. We’re back once again today with another pair of the best boots for men (a huge focus on the blog as of late) and with another pair of FRYE leather boots for your consideration and enjoyment. If you read any FRYE boots review, a few things are going to stand out. Namely, this heritage bootmaker doesn’t cut any corners, and that’s why you need a pair of these investment-level boots in your wardrobe. They also produce easily wearable, rugged-yet-dressy boots like the FRYE Tyler Boots with ease — quite a fair bit of ease, at that. What’s that mean for you? It means that it’s high time you invested in some of the best boots for men this season — it’s nearly October, after all.

The FRYE Tyler Boots, although pricey at $328 via FRYE, are going to deliver on multiple fronts when it comes to style, durability and quality, to say the least. Handcrafted, oiled suede gives these lace-up leather boots a bit of a rugged, rock n’roll edge — feel free to wear ’em with slim black jeans and, say, a black leather jacket atop your favorite T-shirt (even if you can’t exactly go to a rock show right now). The FRYE Tyler Boots are made with Goodyear welt construction, which means you can wear and wear them for years … then have ’em resoled with ease. And these rugged leather boots should also provide surprising comfort, whether worn with slim dark denim and a chambray shirt or a thermal henley and tan chinos — they feature a PORON foam footbed for a smooth ride. The  bottom line is this: It’s still the right time to pick up some of your new favorite boots, and you should certainly head over to FRYE to pick up the pair that’s right for you.

SHOP: The The FRYE Tyler Boots

 

Style Pick of the Week: FRYE Bowery Lace-Up Leather Boots

Some of the best men’s leather boots, made the right way by FRYE.

Another week, another pair of the best leather boots for men as we head ever closer toward fall. I don’t know about you, but I always look forward to and appreciate the crisp, cold fall air, the changing seasons and some fall-centric activities (Oktoberfest beer or hot apple cider, anyone?). And I frequently find myself reaching for some rugged leather boots, a la the FRYE Bowery Lace-Up Leather Boots shown above. They’ve got all the trappings of a pair of classic leather boots, right on down to the sleek-yet-tough plain toe construction, with a bit of an added edge — these stylish boots feature a side zip, giving them a bit more dressy appeal.

What that means for you is, you can team these FRYE leather boots with everything from wool trousers and a chambray shirt to rugged camp pants and a thermal henley without missing a beat. That’s the FRYE way, after all. They’re a heritage bootmaker for men and women with tons of history. Founded in Marlboro, Ma. in 1863 (yes, 1863!), they’ve never really wavered from the kind of quality leather boots that last and last … and last. It’s seriously impressive, and that’s what makes these some of the best boots for men you’ll be snapping up this season.

SHOP: The FRYE Bowery Leather Lace-Up Boots 

A versatile pair of leather boots with both dressy and rugged appeal.

Keep in mind, these FRYE leather boots are indeed on the pricier side ($358), but consider them in the same league as, say, rugged Red Wing Heritage leather boots … but with dressier styling potential. In my mind, that makes ’em worth every penny. The leather and rubber outsole adds durability and traction through slick fall weather, while waxed cotton laces tie everything together (literally) with more versatility than regular work boot laces. Again, these are a pair of sleek leather boots to wear with everything from your favorite blue jeans and a shawl cardigan to slim tan chinos and a classic Oxford shirt. Add a denim jacket or a chore coat, then call it good for fall adventures. No doubt about it, the FRYE Bowery Lace-Up Leather Boots are going to be in your rotation for a good while, all thanks to the Goodyear welt construction and tough finishing details like antique brass hardware. Need to snag a pair of your new favorite boots for fall? Well, you’ve found ’em here.

SHOP: The FRYE Bowery Leather Lace-Up Boots 

 

See Now, Buy Now: The Filson Service Boots are the Most Rugged Fall Boots Around

Filson Service Boots

Potentially some of the best boots for fall — heck, the best men’s boots, period — that you can buy right now.

We’re about halfway through September right now — and ever closer to the first day of fall, so it’s high time you continued shopping for (and buying) a pair of the best men’s boots. Where else to go but Filson, assuredly one of the best places to get gear for men? From the Filson Summer Sale on into fall and winter with pieces like the best flannel shirt, they don’t stop — and the Filson Service Boots are as fitting an example of that as any, offering the kind of rugged durability you should certainly demand from your new favorite pair of boots.  On that note, it’s the kind of craftsmanship you’re investing in that really makes the difference (similar to Filson hand-tooled leather goods, ya dig?). But back to these boots.

The great thing is, the Filson Service Boots carry on the sort of rugged, durable-yet-stylish legacy you’d expect from the lauded Pacific Northwest heritage retailer. They make gear that’s made to go off-road and into the field as readily as it can be worn on a winery or brewery tour. And my friends, you can count on the Filson Service Boots to go all of those places and plenty more this fall. The phrase “They don’t make ’em like they used to,” well, it actually doesn’t apply here — that’s because Filson has assuredly succeeded when it comes to these rugged leather boots.

SHOP: The Filson Service Boots

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Rugged leather boots made with top-notch construction.


These plain-toe boots draw inspiration from vintage, military standard issue leather boots, featuring oiled, roughout leather construction. That provides durability and toughness when pairing your Filson boots with, say, Filson chore pants in the elements, yet the versatile profile also means these are a pair of boots you can wear with jeans, easily. The Goodyear storm-welted sole also provides additional protection from rain and debris (there’s no way for water to enter the sole), while rust-resitant hardware, triple stitching at stress points, and a Vibram outsole add maximum performance and toughness. These are some of the most durable leather boots to buy for fall, and really … would you expect anything less from Filson? I certainly wouldn’t.

SHOP: The Filson Service Boots

Style Pick of the Week: Oliver Cabell Mock Brown Leather Boots

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Luxurious, rugged-yet-refined leather boots for fall? Sign me up.

As we roll through September, what’s on your shopping list? Make sure the best boots for men sit atop your list — but let’s take a step back for a second. You’ve surely got a rotation filled with rugged leather boots, the kind fit for off-trail adventures and to-go brewery visits aplenty. What if, though, you amped up your boot game with a pair that was ever-so-slightly refined … while still being rugged and well-made? That’s where Oliver Cabell comes into play. The Oliver Cabell Mock Leather Boots are at once handsome and dressy, yet durable enough to take on the season ahead. That makes ’em … yes, you guessed it … some of the best boots for fall, period. For the past few years, the brand has been able to deliver quality akin to some of the best brands in the game, yet at lower prices (these stylish leather boots retail for $248 regularly).

Now, perhaps you’ve read about Oliver Cabell here on the blog before (check out this post on the best men’s sneakers, for instance), but they’ve delved ever deeper into the world of the best boots for men these past few years, with stellar results. Hence, the Oliver Cabell Mock Boots are ready for your purchase and your review — I think you’re going to dig the results. These are a rare pair of water-resistant leather boots, made with durable Blake-stitch construction for resoleability. And the Vibram outsole is every bit as comfortable and lightweight as you’d expect from a premium brand like Oliver Cabell

SHOP: The Oliver Cabell Brown Leather Mock Boots 

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All the best materials you’d expect, with all the added touches you need now.

Both the specs and the styling potential of these stylish moc toe boots are more than up to snuff when it comes to your fall functionality and fashion needs. That waterproof leather just so happens to be a highly versatile shade of brown, fit for pairing with tan chinos and a white Oxford shirt or a denim shirt and slim black jeans (yes, you can mix black and brown together!). These are a solidly built pair of stylish, refined leather boots — you could even wear them with a charcoal wool suit and that classic white Oxford shirt (ditch the tie) if you find yourself needing to spruce up a bit during these socially distant times.

Vintage brass eyelets and premium Italian cotton laces live up to the Oliver Cabell promise of quality, too. While these boots might look a bit too precious, there’s no reason you can’t wear ’em out and about around town (wear a mask!) this fall — and beyond. The fall season is just getting started, so you best get to work with some of the best boots for men.

SHOP: The Oliver Cabell Brown Leather Mock Boots 

 

See Now, Buy Now: These Filson x Danner Boots Are the Perfect Boots for Early Fall

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Two companies famed for rugged durability deliver some of the best boots for men, period.

Ladies and gentlemen, your new favorite pair of fall boots is going to come from Filson. That’s right: Filson. If these Pacific Northwest heritage purveyors don’t strike you right off the bat as makers of some of the most rugged men’s shoes, then think again Filson footwear falls perfectly within what you might call “Filson Life,” be it grueling projects at home or lofty excursions in the field.And that’s where today’s See Now, Buy Now pick comes into play. The Filson x Danner Combat Hikers are, simply put, the perfect boots for early fall. They’re a custom iteration of standard-issue combat boots given to troops all across the world, so they can certainly handle anything you throw at ’em.

They’re exactly what you need to navigate rocky terrain, windy weather and tough conditions aplenty — at home or on the road during socially distanced adventures. The best gear for men, after all, doesn’t quit on you when you need it the most, and the same can be said for the best men’s boots. It’s helpful that both Filson and Danner built their brands on creating wildly tough outdoor gear meant to handle any situation, specifically in the Pacific Northwest. These durable, stylish hiking boots fit the mold in that regard. It starts with a hard-wearing, waterproof leather upper and a durable rubber rand placed along the bottom of the hikers, and things only get better from there.

SHOP: The Filson x Danner Combat Hikers 

Dependable men’s boots that blend the best of both worlds when it comes to Filson and Danner.

The best hiking boots for men blend form and function, and the great thing is, these Filson x Danner boots definitely do both (be it back in town, worn with tough chore pants and a rugged henley, or out on the trail). The difference here is the flexible, ribbed Vibram outsole, a hallmark of Danner boots that just so happens to provide excellent traction on slippery trails and surfaces. GORE-TEX lining adds comfort and waterproof protection, too.

The fact that the leather is custom-made for Filson only bodes very well for the long-term durability of these rugged hiking boots (certainly, they’re some of the best men’s boots, period). The Filson x Danner Combat Hikers check so many of the right boxes, you should feel more than comfortable wearing ’em with faded blue denim and a Filson flannel shirt in your downtime hanging out by the fire pit this fall. Sounds pretty unbeatable, right? That’s what you get with Filson and Danner.

SHOP: The Filson x Danner Combat Hikers 

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Style Pick of the Week: Nisolo Andres All-Weather Boots

Get ready for early fall –yep –with the best men’s leather boots, courtesy of Nisolo.

If it feels odd at first glance to be talking about some of the best men’s boots in the middle of August, rest assured, we’re just doing our best here at The Style Guide to get everyone ready for early fall with the best men’s gear. And what comes with early fall, along with crisp weather and falling leaves? The need to be ready for anything with a pair of the best boots for men — hence, the rugged leather boots you see here, an ideal pair to buy right now as you stock up for the season ahead. The Nisolo Andres All-Weather Boots (available in rich colors like Brandy and of course, sleek Black) check all the right boxes when it comes to leather boots that are cool and functional at the same time — it’s right in the title, after all. And when it comes to Nisolo as a brand, you can be sure you get what you pay for (snag ’em for $260 at Nisolo or get them at Huckberry).

Nisolo, based out of Nashville, has long been a favorite of the blog, from the lightweight Nisolo Travel Derby to the rugged Nisolo Leon Weekender. But hey, let’s get back to your new favorite boots. As mentioned above, every guy needs a rugged pair of leather boots to throw on and then, well, forget about — the kind of boots that can stand up to breezy summer weather right now, and then work reliably through fall rain and flurries. Again, the Nisolo Andres All-Weather Boots, made with water-resistant, oil-based leather, are the way to go. That’s not all though, folks.

SHOP: The Nisolo Andres All-Weather Boots 

Grab these tough leather boots now, then wear them right into fall and even early winter.

To close out your summer — day hikes, bonfires, to-go brewery visits — get these stylish leather boots and wear them with your favorite T-shirt and slim tan chinos. Then, keep them handy come early fall to wear with slim black selvedge denim and a classic chambray shirt (be sure to add a nice dram of whiskey on the side). Of course, tough leather boots are nothing if they’re not built for the long haul, so Nisolo built these on a Vibram 430 Mini Lug sole for added grip and traction. Last but not least, a soft leather lining ensures supreme comfort — no matter how long you wear these classic leather boots. It sounds to me like you can’t beat the Nisolo Andres All-Weather Boots, can you? Once again, you can snag them for $260 at Nisolo or get them at Huckberry. Happy shopping, folks.

SHOP: The Nisolo Andres All-Weather Boots

 

See Now, Buy Now: These Truman Boot Co. Boots Are Your New Favorite Pair

You’re stepping out this spring in rugged leather boots, mark my words.

Don’t waste any time this spring finding your new favorite pair of leather boots — there’s a very high probability they could in fact be the stylish leather boots in question pictured above. How so? And why is now (early April) the right time to continue wearing a pair of rugged leather boots, even as the weather warms ever so slightly? Well, for starters, the Truman Boot Co. Service Boots aren’t your average pair of boots — they’re made for any season and nearly any set of weather conditions. Plus, who said you had to put limits on when you decide to wear your favorite rugged leather boots, right? Yes indeed. The right pair of leather boots can function easily as the mercury starts to climb, especially if you focus on pairing said boots with the right spring style essentials (so, think laidback picks like faded blue denim and a classic T-shirt, among others). But you might still be wondering about the specs of these boots, given the price tag ($420 at Huckberry) — right? So, let’s dive on in.

SHOP: The Truman Boot Co. Service Boots 

Top-notch quality and construction sets these tough leather boots apart.

Tough, go-anywhere leather boots aren’t easy to make — Truman Boot Co. knows this, and that’s why they get that critical Huckberry stamp of approval. The Peanut colorway shown here is exclusive to the lauded San Francisco retailers, and the use of Waxy Commander leather (sourced from Leeds in the U.K.) ensures extra durability and quality. The Goodyear welt and protective toe box offer both dependability and style points — the cap toe profile gives these boots just a bit more visual interest than your average pair. And that visual interest? Well, that means you can wear these Truman Boot Co. boots with everything from slim tan chinos, a white slub tee and a denim jacket to a classic navy cotton blazer and blue denim. They’re tough and rugged, yet not as overwhelmingly heavy as your durable snow boots — again, that gives them spring-ready styling potential. Consider them a new go-to pair of leather boots for this season, then be sure to keep them close at hand through the spring.

SHOP: The Truman Boot Co. Service Boots 

Style Pick of the Week: Sanders Hi-Top Dress Chukka Boots

Stepping out with sleek, effective high-top chukka boots.

There’s never a bad time to step out wearing a pair of the best men’s chukka boots — especially on a late winter weekend, and especially when the stylish chukka boots in question are the Sanders Hi-Top Chukka Boots. They channel the perfect kind of dressy-yet-versatile style that only the best men’s chukka boots can provide, what with the kind of elegance required to be worn with a navy herringbone suit or your favorite pair of dark denim in equal measure.
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Tell me: Do you have any chukka boots in your arsenal currently that can do that? Not quite? That’s why you need these Sanders chukka boots. Mark my words, though: The list of positives goes on (and on, and on). They check all the proper boxes as you search for your new favorite pair of chukka boots, including a sleek profile and a rich suede leather upper (ideal to start wearing now, then keep around come spring and summer). And what’s more, the lineage of Sanders should be enough to buy these dress chukka boots on merit alone. After all, Sanders has been making some of the best men’s footwear (period) since the 1870s — based in England, they’re a sleeper brand that deserves your attention and hard-earned cash, too.

SHOP: The Sanders Hi-Top Chukka Boots

Unbeatable quality, the best materials and top-notch construction set these apart.

The crepe sole, with a thicker cut than, say Clarks desert boots, provides even more comfort and a smooth ride than you might expect — that’s what makes these boots perfect for pairing with everything from slim olive chinos (in the approaching spring) or the best corduroy pants (right now). The versatility of this seemingly simple style shines through in the color selection of these hi-top chukka boots, too — choose from rich Polo Snuff Suede or Moss Green Suede, then pair either with everything from light wash jeans or navy chinos to faded dark denim. As to where exactly you can take the Sanders Hi-Top Chukka Boots, well, that’s really up to you. The comfortable crepe sole and refined, yet not-too-dressy design mean these would be apt for overseas travel or a day at the office in equal measure. Especially when worn with slim tan chinos and a navy polo in the spring, you’re channeling some 007 style in Casino Royale.  Seriously, how cool is that?? Not bad at all — I think James Bond himself might even approve of the Sanders Hi-Top Chukka Boots, so you might as well see for yourself.

SHOP: The Sanders Hi-Top Chukka Boots

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Style Pick of the Week: Nicks Boots Traveler Boots

The perfect boots to lace up the next time the weather turns dicey.

When the going gets tough, when winter weather keeps beating down your door, that’s when you need a pair of the best winter boots. The type of uncompromising, rugged leather boots that’ll last for years — well beyond this winter, and well beyond the next winter storm, at that. That leads us to today’s Style Pick of the Week, the exceptional Nicks Boots Traveler Boots — they just so happen to be an investment-level pair of boots sold through Huckberry, and the good news only gets better (somehow) from there. Let’s start with the basics about Nicks Boots — perhaps you’re familiar with the brand (I profiled them here for The Manual back in 2019, after all), but it all starts with unwavering attention to detail, quality and craftsmanship. Based in Spokane, it’s fitting that Nicks Boots takes a truly ground-up approach to crafting the toughest men’s boots on the planet — conditions in the Pacific Northwest tend to demand it. With that being said, it makes sense that there’s a pair of leather boots from the brand out there for everyone, starting with the Nicks Boots Traveler Boots, of course. If ever you’ve ordered from the brand, you know they take meticulous custom orders for the brand’s full line of boots, but the beauty of today’s Style Pick of the Week is that you can snag a pair of the Traveler Boots right off Huckberry’s digital shelves without missing a beat. But why would you want to do that? Easy.

SHOP: The Nicks Boots Traveler Boots

The surprisingly versatile profile makes all the difference when it comes to these rugged leather boots.

The tough leather boots on display here start with USA-sourced and tanned leather that should age beautifully — the fact that said leather sits atop a Vibram Crepe 2021 sole is only an added bonus. These boots provide durability and performance in cold winter weather — there’s no denying that thick, rugged leather boots are just about the best antidote to snowstorms you’re apt to find these days. That kind of versatility and reliability means you should wear the Nicks Boots Traveler Boots anywhere and everywhere you can. Team them with your favorite corduroy pants and a shawl cardigan for a winter weekday, and be sure to keep these stylish leather boots on hand for teaming up with tough camp pants and your favorite henley as you make a dash for your favorite brewery. As with other handsome leather boots for the season, the more you wear ’em, the better they’ll get — and now you know this: There’s only one Nicks Boots.

SHOP: The Nicks Boots Traveler Boots