See Now, Buy Now: The Red Wing Heritage Wacouta Boots Are the Best Winter Boots

Durable boots that pack a punch in terms of winter style.

As we always say here at The Style Guide, it’s high praise to call out a pair of men’s boots as, well, the best winter boots — but if you stick around for today’s See Now, Buy Now entry, I think you’ll start to grasp why. And the¬† boots in question today have plenty of moxy to back up those claims: Yes indeed, the Red Wing Heritage Wacouta Boots are tough-as-nails, durable as can be, and supremely stylish to boot: Hence, the title of “best men’s boots” today. Coming right out of the gate, if you know the Red Wing Heritage brand, you’re aware that they continually go to great lengths to craft the best leather boots on the planet — the Wacouta Boots are no different. The use of tough full-grain leather ensures these rugged Red Wing Heritage boots can take a beating right off the bat, while other design touches (right on down to the classic Red Wing leather laces) only add to that durability.

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Also available in Briar Oil Slick leather with olive green waxed canvas.

What else makes these classic leather boots so essential? Friend, I’m glad you asked. These remarkable, rugged leather boots feature tough American waxed canvas accents for an added touch of durability and visual interest — seriously, just picture the Red Wing Heritage Wacouta Boots peeking out from beneath a pair of your favorite dark blue denim or better yet, some tough five-pocket pants (chambray shirt and classic peacoat not included). The even better part? The Red Wing Heritage Wacouta Boots are going to be able to pull weekend duty (heading to your favorite brewery and teamed with a shawl cardigan) or time at the office (again, add in classic five-pocket pants and a navy herringbone blazer). When Red Wing Heritage is in the mix, you can rest assured the results will deliver.

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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 Danner Pub Garden Boots are the Must-Buy Boots For Your Closet

Rugged boots that are ready for anything you can throw at ’em.

There’s a good chance that any time you set your sights on buying a pair of the best men’s boots, you turn toward Danner — at least, if that’s not the case right now, you need to fix that ASAP. That’s because the dependably rugged and surprisingly stylish Danner Pub Garden Boots are simply some of the best men’s boots for fall, crafted to reliably take on tough projects and laidback fall and winter days in equal measure. If at first you seem skeptical that one pair of tough leather boots could do so much, think again: After all, we’re talking about the Pacific Northwest-inspired folks at Danner, and they know a thing or two about delivering versatile men’s boots (as you’ve probably read on this blog, no doubt!). The Danner team has taken a multi-faceted approach with the Pub Garden Boots, starting with a tough leather upper guaranteed to break in over time (while withstanding mud and slush, that is). They’re waterproof and made to keep your feet dry, no matter what — and the use of a comfortable Ortholite footbed provides added protection on top of that. Those specs make these boots decidedly work-ready, yet they’ve still got plenty of style to bring to the table (or the trail, or the brewery … you get the picture).

SHOP: The Danner Pub Garden Boots 

This rich Chocolate colorway also brings plenty of style to your footwear rotation.

To be sure, the Pub Garden Boots really do blend the best of both worlds — Danner’s proprietary Bi-Fit Board construction offers added ankle support and durability throughout the whole length of the shoe. Again, these are work-ready boots — if you really want ’em to be. Plus, the outsole is made with an oil and water-resistant compound to offer maximum grip on slippery surfaces — that’s important whether you wear the Pub Garden Boots to the brewpub (pun intended!) with your favorite pair of jeans or to hit the trail on an early morning hike. The silhouette is rough-and-tumble, perfect to wear through fall and winter with rugged chore pants and a thermal henley. Long story short: If you want a pair of stylish leather boots that can do it all, you want the Danner Pub Garden Boots.

SHOP: The Danner Pub Garden Boots 

Style Pick of the Week: Astorflex Bootflex Boots

Step right into fall with these richly crafted, rugged leather boots.

Are you sick of hearing about Astorflex boots yet? Hopefully not: The brand is a longtime favorite of your humble menswear writer, and they simply make some of the best men’s boots for fall (and beyond, for that matter). With all of that being said, the above criteria makes the Astorflex Bootflex Boots the perfect leather boots for fall — and a natural fit for a late September Style Pick of the Week as we really get into the best season for menswear. What makes Astorflex boots so special? That’s a prime question indeed, my friends. As you’ve read in the past, it all starts with the right approach in terms of design and construction. In the case of the Astorflex Bootflex Boots, that means they’re made with premium European leather aged in oak barrels for 30 days — just the right amount of time to get that perfectly lived-in look and feel, right out of the box. All-natural ingredients soften the leather even further before it’s finished off with top-notch construction via a perfectly casual natural rubber sole. These are, again, some of the best men’s boots you can buy, with a difference that’s noticeable from the second you try them on.

SHOP: The Astorflex Bootflex Boots

Easily wearable with your favorite pair of dark denim — and plenty of other fall style suggestions.

Now, let’s say you feel you’ve already got enough leather boots in your arsenal … well, A) You can never have enough leather boots and B) You surely don’t have a pair akin to the Astorflex Bootflex Boots in terms of style and versatility. The crepe rubber sole means these aren’t cut out for all types of terrain, but for traversing a new city on a fall weekend getaway or heading out to your favorite brewery? Wear the Astorflex Bootflex Boots, accented with slim dark denim and a thermal henley, or try them with olive chinos and a classic chambray shirt. These tough leather boots will also age beautifully the more you wear them, and the unlined leather lining means they’ll provide all-day comfort with seriously minimal break-in time. Weekend tailgate? Early brunch? A day at the office (navy blazer in tow)? The Astorflex Bootflex Boots are here for you. And the price is ultimately what could be the kicker — finding stylish leather boots under $200 is a quest all its own, yet Astorflex delivers on that front handsomely. Happy fall, my friends.

SHOP: The Astorflex Bootflex Boots

 

The Friday Read: The Best New Leather Boots, Brooklyn Craft Beer & A Stylish New Blazer

Get ready for fall with these transitional leather boots from Yogi (as sold by Huckberry, of course).

Much as in the photo above, we’re sitting on the verge of the weekend — and sitting on the verge of fall in a few weeks (post-Labor Day, that is). And all of this is to say, it’s never too early to start thinking about buying a pair of the best leather boots for the season. In fact, those ones above come from Yogi, a unique brand making high-quality boots that won’t quit — no matter where you go this weekend. For me, this weekend represents a much-needed chance to kick back and relax in Brooklyn, something that’s been sporadic at times between trips to Madrid, Chicago & London this summer! Make no mistake though, I’d do it all again — to say the very least! As for my plans this weekend, I plan on checking out Five Boroughs Brewing, a Brooklyn-based brewery that’s been on my “to-do” list for quite some time! I’ll also be getting a much-needed iced coffee at another of my favorite Brooklyn spots, the quaint Milk and Honey. What about you? I’m a huge fan of the Brooklyn craft beer and coffee scenes, so if you happen to be in NYC and need suggestions, let me know on Twitter! And to start the weekend right, we’ve got the below Friday tips & tricks ready to go in the meantime.

  • We’ve talked previously about a stylish new blazer for these last few weeks of summer — if that happened to pique your interest, you’re in luck. You can check out more on the Grayers Dylan Blazer via this very Web site. And the even better news? It’s easily wearable with dark denim and a classic Oxford shirt through September — trust me on that.
  • Speaking of classic style, there’s really no way to go wrong when it comes to the best new sneakers for men — especially a pair of vintage-inspired Nike kicks. I’m talking, of course, about the Nike Cortez ’72 S.D., a set of sleek, streamlined sneakers that should be enough to amp up casual outfits (like light wash jeans and a short-sleeve henley) as easily as slightly more formal looks (like tan chinos and a classic chambray shirt). You can get the full scoop via my latest for GearMoose.
  • Last but certainly not least today, let’s dig into the music world a bit, shall we? Once I find a feature I love, I like to go back and peruse it from time to time. That’s been the case lately with this GQ feature on The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas, a one-time (and forever) rock legend who’s branched out in recent years with his band the Voidz, a decidedly more experimental outfit. The piece is a few years old (2014!), but it’s a fascinating read to start off your weekend right — cold beer in hand, preferably.

OK, that’s going to close the books on today’s Friday Read. If you need one last item to get you going before the weekend, then I’d point you toward my favorite men’s style and gear picks for August. All good? All good!

Style Pick of the Week: Rhodes Dean Boots

Sleek, dependable leather boots to get you in the spirit of fall (slowly but surely, of course).

OK, folks. Bear with me here: Although it’s still August, why are we talking once more on the blog about the Rhodes Dean Boots (as seen here)? There’s still plenty of summer left, to be sure, but there’s never a bad time to grab a pair of the best men’s boots — and besides, the Rhodes Dean Boots are sleek, stylish¬† & affordable, plus they’re available for a heck of a deal at Huckberry. Again, bear with me here — perhaps, the heat is so bad in your neck of the woods you can’t bear the thought of putting on rugged leather boots. And that’s OK! The earlier you can start prepping for one of the best seasons in menswear (that’d be fall), the better. There’s really no better place to start building out your cadre of fall style essentials than your collection of rugged leather boots — trust me on that.

Every guy needs a great pair of leather boots in his closet for when temperatures take a turn downward, and the great part is, if you can’t stand to wait until September or October to break out the Rhodes Dean Boots, they’re actually lightweight enough to be worn with, say, slim light wash jeans and a short-sleeve henley in August. It all starts with the little details. Crucially, you’re getting the sort of quality and style you expect from Huckberry, seeing as they’re made in Portugal from premium materials like rich, premium calf leather designed to resist odors and provide breathability at the same time.

A sleek toe shape that still manages to convey rugged style.

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You’re also getting the ability to mix and match as you go along — for instance, the Rhodes Dean Boots come in both cap toe (as seen above) and plain toe options, all the better for going slightly more rugged or slightly more sleek. And given the fact that the Rhodes Dean Boots are available in rich, early fall-ready colors like Rust (my personal favorite) and Honey, they’re a wise investment to make up front. Of course, they wouldn’t be a pair of the best leather boots without design touches like a Texon insole with an anti-shock foam layer (crucial if you happen to be wearing these to a brewery or a rock concert). And small details like speedhook lacing and raw leather laces offer up the rugged styling you crave when it comes to a pair of the best leather boots. Again, while it might seem early to be thinking about picking up a pair of the Rhodes Dean Boots, it’s truly never too soon to plan ahead.

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See Now, Buy Now: The Red Wing Heritage Classic Chukkas Are the Perfect Winter Chukka Boots

Rough and tough chukka boots from an iconic branda.

Check your calendar. And now look at the boots you’ve got on. Are they a stylish pair of leather boots¬†for winter? Better yet, are they the Red Wing Heritage Classic Chukkas? No and no? Well, let’s fix that today via the latest entry in our See Now, Buy Now series. Here at The Style Guide, your author loves a classic, iconic brand like Red Wing Heritage for reasons aplenty, chief among them being the brand’s ongoing commitment to timeless styles and seriously tough construction. Those are both qualities that are going to serve you well this winter. And the¬†Red Wing Heritage Classic Chukkas¬†in particualr just get the job done, to say the very least. Finding the right pair of winter boots is a tricky endeavor in more ways than one — you want a pair that can stand up to snow and slush, yet you’re also going to need to be able to wear them in a myriad number of style situations (as you dress for the office or head to your favorite brewery, in particular). Again, the¬†Red Wing Heritage Classic Chukkas¬†deliver.

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SHOP: The Red Wing Heritage Classic Chukkas via Bespoke Post 

Of note, they channel the same timeless construction and quality for which¬†Red Wing Heritage¬†is known, and the brand’s Minnesota roots sure do come in handy — the¬†Red Wing Heritage Classic Chukkas feature an Atlas Tred outsole, plus nickel eyelets for durability throughout the chilly winter. While you might be better off wearing the Huckberry Duck Boots in an extreme blizzard, the¬†Red Wing Heritage Classic Chukkas¬†are as good as it gets the rest of the time. The plain toe chukka construction and briar oil slick leather are two touches that stand out subtly and stylishly, making them an easy bet to wear with everything from expertly faded denim and a grey crewneck sweater to your favorite henley and a tough waxed trucker jacket.
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Of course, the¬†Red Wing Heritage Classic Chukkas¬†can also be dressed up ever so slightly — try them with the Billy Reid Bond Peacoat, plus a classic Oxford shirt and slim tan chinos, for Sunday brunch or even a day at the office. Yes, Red Wing Heritage¬†boots can work at the office — it’s possible, folks. Good luck out there, and let me know on Twitter if these boots work out for you.

SHOP: The Red Wing Heritage Classic Chukkas via Bespoke Post 


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