See Now, Buy Now: The Mark Albert Uptown Boots are the Rugged Boots You Need Now

Perfectly rugged, dependable boots to invest in now, then wear all winter.

The right pair of winter boots can go a long way — a really long way — in determining the success of your style ensemble (and your mobility, for that matter) when it comes to getting around during these chilly, snowy times. And with that being said, there’s no better pair of men’s boots to invest in at the moment than the rugged Mark Albert Uptown Boots, some of the best leather boots to slip your feet into for December (and beyond, naturally). Part of the exceptional Huckberry Fall 2019 Catalog (and a hot-selling pair of boots, at that), I’d be willing to bet you don’t quite have a pair like the Mark Albert Uptown Boots in your current rotation. And if you’re already acquainted with Mark Albert boots? Well, best to give a new pair a shot for a new season, ehh? The thing with these rugged leather boots is that they’re aged to perfection already, so they’ll look like you’ve had them for years (thanks to the premium kudu leather), yet you can still break them in all on your own. And given that you’re going to find yourself needing boots for all occasions this season, you’ll have plenty of chances to break ’em in nicely.

SHOP: The Mark Albert Uptown Boots via the Huckberry Fall 2019 Catalog 

A tough Vibram outsole helps separate these boots from the pack.

These boots aren’t quite a pair of L.L. Bean boots made to brave the snow, but for days and evenings when you’re not trudging through a blizzard, these Mark Albert boots should do more than just fine. The relatively sleek profile is offset by a durable Vibram outsole for extra grip on slushy streets, while the rich kudu leather pairs quite nicely with casual style picks like slim faded denim and your favorite henley. All of this is to say, these boots assuredly combine form and function quite handsomely, without a doubt. And when you’re hunting down a pair of the best boots for winter, that’s exactly what you need, is it not?

SHOP: The Mark Albert Uptown Boots via the Huckberry Fall 2019 Catalog 

See Now, Buy Now: The Helm Hollis Boots Are The Perfect Boots for Everyday Wear

Richly crafted leather boots that’ll stand up to plenty of winter wear.

The search for the perfect winter boots is over — your search, that is. You’ve previously seen Helm Boots on the blog (and I’ve long been a fan of this Austin-based brand), but they’ve outdone themselves here. To wit: The Helm Hollis Boots are perhaps the best leather boots to step into at this very moment — read on to find out why, naturally. Now, let’s get one thing straight right off the bat. These aren’t a pair of full-on snow boots (which often sacrifice function for form), nor are they ultra-sleek boots that are almost … too dressy. No sir, these rugged leather boots toe the line between practical and stylish, so while they might not be 100 percent polar vortex-ready, that’s not the point — a well-stocked boot collection features a bit of everything, and the Helm Hollis Boots are simply a darn-fine pair of stylish leather boots. It starts from the ground up with these boots, and that’s a very good thing for December and beyond. We’re talking, in this case, about the use of a mini-lug rubber sole for added traction on slippery streets, topped off with Helm’s white midsole for a bit of signature style and comfort.

SHOP: The Helm Hollis Boots 

Not one, not two, but three terrific color options from Helm Boots.

In short, these are tough leather boots that will age exceptionally well over time, especially in the rich shade of Teak — although they’re also available in two additional colors as shown above. In fact, you might recognize the Hollis Teak Boots from my Instagram — it’s been a  pleasure to wear them these past few weeks through fall and into winter, and I think you’ll feel the same way. The key here is the beautiful Balthazar leather that should age gracefully, while the option to add round or waxed cotton laces gives these a more polished or dressy feel. And in that regard, I’ve found that the Helm Hollis Boots are wearable with everything from slim tan chinos and a chambray shirt at the office to rugged camp pants and my favorite henley on the weekend — without missing a beat, in fact. To make a long story short, I love the Helm Hollis Boots, and I think you will, too.

SHOP: The Helm Hollis Boots 

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Style Pick of the Week: G.H. Bass Buxton Boots

Editor’s note: Expect these posts weekly detailing one standout item coveted by yours truly. Sometimes, these fit within budgetary restrictions and other times, they’re expensive splurges worth saving for. For more Wish List items from Beau, head here, and to see other Style Picks, head here.

Tough, sturdy and classic -- everything you need in a great pair of leather boots

Tough, sturdy and classic — everything you need in a great pair of leather boots

Christmas might be over, but to this #menswear writer, it’s the most wonderful time of the year — time to upgrade your winter boot game in serious style. Truly, you need rugged, durable boots to combat the weather we’ve got going on out there (at least in this neck of the woods). Enter the supremely classic, tough and durable G.H. Bass Buxton Boots, all made-in-America construction and great looks. Now, G.H. Bass is perhaps better known for its classic leather loafers , but believe me when I say the brand’s boots are worth a shot as well. I’ve had the chance to check out the Buxton Boots over these past few weeks in the chilly, snowy cold of NYC, and they’ve more than stood up to the test. The great part about a moc toe boot — especially the Buxton Boot — is the classic, preppy and yet slick styling potential. In a handsome shade of Chestnut leather with contrast stitching, they’re a surprisingly versatile boot. These are the type of boots to wear with everything from slim sand chinos and your favorite shawl cardigan this winter on the weekends to Donegal wool trousers, a classic chambray shirt and a wool blazer to the office — give it a try sometime (after you buy ’em, that is).  And the construction and performance? These guys get an A-plus in that regard, too.

A relatively slim profile and sturdy stitching add to the durability & style of these boots.

A relatively slim profile and sturdy stitching add to the durability & style of these boots.

They’re made in Maine and feature a surprisingly slim profile for a moc toe boot, with a  rather unique five-eye upper and tough rawhide laces. It’s a classic, rugged combination that’s held up well in the snow and slush — the tread is durable and relatively grippy, too. The Buxton Boots are heritage-inspired without verging too far into costume territory — they’re the perfect boot to pair with something crisp and essential like the Taylor Stitch Yosemite Shirt as you dress for Sunday brunch (who doesn’t love brunch and a great pair of boots, ehh?).  And while the black leather option is just as worthy of a purchase, there’s something to be said about buying a pair of tough, USA-made boots in a classic shade of deep brown. They’re just the sort of boots to offset slim corduroys this winter, and you could feasibly wear them with light wash denim and a slim pocket tee for spring style transitions (trust me on that one, they’ll hold up just fine).  And yes, $400-plus is a lot to drop in one fell swoop, even for a pair of sturdy, stylish men’s boots. But again, we love our investment-worthy pieces on this blog — and buying this pair is absolutely the right investment to make.

Will you be buying the G.H. Bass Buxton Boots? Let me know in the comments!

Beckett Simonon