See Now, Buy Now: The LEMS Shoes Boulder Boots Are the Best Spring Boots

Still searching for the best waterproof leather boots for spring? It’s a tough task, right? No doubt about it. And yet, it gets easier. That’s because the best boots for spring are found in today’s post — they’d be the LEMS Shoes Boulder Boots, and you need them on your feet ASAP. These are strange times we live in, so you might not have much opportunity to wear these on epic trips anytime soon, but for solitary hikes, yard work at home and dashing out to quickly pick up some coffee at your favorite shop? Yes, these rugged leather boots are the way to go. Now, LEMS Shoes has a reputation for making durable and yet highly packable (yes, packable!) boots that defy convention, and the latest edition of these waterproof leather boots should be no different. These particular rugged leather boots are durable, tough & ready for whatever you throw at them — if you read the blog, you know this to be true. And if not? Best get acquainted now. LEMS Shoes really does appear to have it all figured out, given that these boots weigh just 12.9oz., and they also travel & wear extremely well. Who can argue against a rugged pair of brown leather boots, right? It gets better when it comes to the LEMS Shoes Boulder Boots, though.

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That light weight doesn’t sacrifice quality construction, and it doesn’t leave toughness behind, either. The rugged brown leather on these boots just so happens to be waterproof (as the name would imply), and the design is easily packable, too — it’s a hallmark of LEMS boots, to be sure. And the styling potential with these is first-rate, too — wear them with simple-yet-classic style staples like dark denim & a rugged henley, or team them with tan chinos, a denim jacket & a chambray shirt. You’ve got style, functionality and durability, and it’s all rolled up into one set of finely crafted, perfectly packable boots. It doesn’t get any better than that for early spring (and beyond). Step into these durable leather boots ASAP.

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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.

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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.

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Reader Giveaway Opportunity: Get These New Samuel Windsor Boots for Spring Right Now

Rugged, comfortable leather wingtip boots … that could be yours soon.

My friends, welcome to a new week — and a new take (for today) on our See Now, Buy Now series. While I’m still giving you the customary rundown on some of the best men’s gear, today’s end result is a little different. In fact, you’ll have the chance today to win your own pair of Samuel Windsor boots — the pair seen above, as it were! To win, you need only follow the brand on Twitter below — it’s that easy!

Now, if you’re based in the U.K., you’re likely familiar with Samuel Windsor — they’ve been specializing in affordable menswear and accessories since 2003, and the prices at which these essentials are offered is truly a sight to behold. We’re talking serious affordability and serious quality, both of which I’ve had the chance to experience these past few weeks when testing out the brand (as you might have seen on my Instagram).

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Brogue detailing sets these handsome wingtip boots apart — enter below to win your own!

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The Samuel Windsor Fairfield Boots are some of the best wingtip boots I’ve tried in some time, blending all kinds of comfort with durability and classic styling potential. They’re from the Samuel Windsor Prestige Collection, which features Goodyear welted construction, quality leather and a certain sense of classic flair that’ll upgrade any outfit. I’ve personally worn the Samuel Windsor Fairfield Boots  with everything from navy chinos and a garment-dyed Oxford shirt to a classic henley and slim dark denim — they’re just that good. The stitched rubber sole provides all-weather durability, while antique eyelets also offer another unique touch. And with all that being said … doesn’t it sound pretty great to win your own pair!? Well, again, you need only follow the brand on Twitter below.

A winner will be selected randomly — shoes will ship from the U.K. Thanks for supporting brands that support The Style Guide! Cheers.

See Now, Buy Now: These New Chelsea Boots From HELM Boots Belong On Your Feet

A new take on the Chelsea boot from one of the best men’s bootmakers out there.

Just when you thought it might be time to start putting your leather boots away in favor of more spring-like style essentials, HELM Boots goes and releases some of the best leather Chelsea boots on the market. Surely, you know HELM Boots from the blog, and from my musings on the best boots to buy now. But if not? Let’s dive in. The boots in question in today’s See Now, Buy Now entry would just so happen to be the HELM Boots Holt Boots, a new take on classic Chelsea boots that’ll have you making plenty of excuses to wear them — yes, from the early spring and into (gasp) … the summer. After all, when you find a pair of the best Chelsea boots at an agreeable price for their construction and quality, you make an effort to get as much use out of them as possible — that’s my stance, at least.

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So, to business. The HELM Boots Holt Boots come in two highly versatile, rich leathers: Dark Grey (wear them with stonewashed light grey jeans and a classic white T-shirt) or Dark Natural (ready to be paired with your favorite denim and a waxed trucker jacket). As it goes with HELM Boots, the difference really is in the details, starting with the fact that these stylish Chelsea boots are made with unique, full-grain Balthazar leather using time-tested methods (HELM Boots has been crafting stylish boots in Austin for more than a decade now, so rest assured, they hold up).

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Sleek, yet rugged and dependable all the same — a very solid effort from HELM Boots.

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Most importantly, the HELM Boots Holt Boots really drive home the notion that every guy needs a great pair of Chelsea boots in his wardrobe. They’re more visually interesting than classic chukka boots (although you need a pair of those, too!), they offer tougher style and functionality than high-top sneakers (again, also a necessity!), and in the case of the HELM Boots Holt Boots, they can be worn to the office as readily as they can be worn to, say, the Austin City Limits music festival. How’s that for a classic pair of Chelsea boots? Not bad, I’d say. Experience the HELM Boots Holt Boots for yourself, then let me know what you think of them on Twitter.

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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.

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The List: Stay Warm in Style Right Now with Winter’s Best New Gear

Step out in style with the best new men’s gear — these rugged leather boots included.

Getting dressed in style through the winter — especially now that we’ve hit February — can often seem like a monumental task. It’s cold, it’s (likely) snowy, it’s not a lot of fun to be outside … so you need a hearty helping of the best winter style essentials to carry you through these doldrums. So it goes with today’s edition of The List, led off with some of the best chukka boots (from HELM Boots) that you’re going to step into this winter. We’re going to complement those classic boots with the sort of picks that’ll upgrade your grooming and your life in general — heck, that’s what these posts are all about, after all. So fear not: Winter will subside, and you’ll get through it with your new favorite menswear. Read on.

HELM Boots Declan Brown Leather Chukka Boots — $295

Rugged leather chukka boots that’ll break in nicely over time.

Every guy — including you — needs a pair of the best leather chukka boots in his wardrobe. It’s helpful that the HELM Boots Declan Boots are made with serious quality in mind, and built to deliver all winter long. What can you pair your rugged leather chukka boots with? Funny you ask …

Flint and Tinder Selvedge Chinos — $168

Perfectly rugged-yet-versatile selvedge chinos.

Is it hard to find a pair of American-made chinos, and an affordable pair of chinos, at that? The short answer is quite simple: Yes. The Flint and Tinder Selvedge Chinos are ridiculously well-crafted, endlessly versatile and yes, perfect to pair with your HELM Boots Declan Boots.

Belstaff Ridge Quilted Jacket — $340

A legendary, rugged jacket from Belstaff to wear all winter.

The first thing you need to take care of for the rest of winter? Finding one of the best winter jackets — an investment-level quilted jacket from Belstaff ought to fit the bill nicely, agreed? Plus, this durable coat could be one of the best winter travel jackets thanks to its versatile design.

Bespoke Post Parlor Box — $45

The right way to upgrade your home bar in style.

Stepping away from menswear for a second, there’s no time like the present to upgrade your home bar. Crucially, you can do that for a low, low price with the Bespoke Post Parlor Box — cheers.

Serica W.W.W. WMB Edition Watch — $540

A rugged, classic leather watch to wear all through winter.

Right off the bat, the Serica W.W.W. WMB Edition Watch has a lot going for it — made in collaboration with adventurer and photographer Matt Hranek, it’s as durable and classic as it gets, and it’s perhaps the most versatile leather watch you can wear on your wrist this winter.

Saturdays NYC Stenstrom Fleece Jacket — $245  

A cozy, luxurious fleece made for winter layering.

Don’t sleep on the versatility and style of a cozy fleece jacket — especially a surprisingly luxurious fleece jacket from Saturdays NYC. The NYC-based brand are masters of minimal style, and this premium fleece jacket is just one fine example.

Far Afield Deniz Cable Knit Sweater — $154 

As rugged a winter sweater as it gets.

It’s the right time to layer up with a rugged winter sweater to fight back against the season’s chill — thankfully, the Far Afield Deniz Cable Knit Sweater (as sold by Bespoke Post) is up to the task.

Super73-S1 Universal Motorbike — $2,200 

A seriously cool motorbike made to inspire wanderlust.

As I said, we’re about more than just menswear in these gear roundups — and this investment-level motorbike (available via Huckberry, naturally) fits the mold if you like to get out on the open road. The Super73-S1 Universal Motorbike is one-of-a-kind, that much is true.

Faherty Brand Stretch Corduroy Shirt — $148

A classic corduory shirt, sure to impress at the office or at happy hour.

Winter calls for plenty of rugged men’s style essentials — kind of like the endlessly wearable Faherty Brand Stretch Corduroy Shirt, a simple-yet-classic and easy-to-style corduroy shirt. How easy to style? Simply grab an investment-level quilted jacket from Belstaff and your Flint and Tinder Selvedge Chinos.

Flint and Tinder Wool CPO Shirt — $228

A durable CPO shirt that calls to mind cold winter mornings.

The focus today has been all about winter layering essentials, but we haven’t come across anything quite like the Flint and Tinder Wool CPO Shirt just yet. It’s one of the best shirt jackets on the market, made with a durable-yet-versatile blend of Japanese wool and polyester, plus a neat color that works with your new favorite chinos.

Duke Cannon American Soap and Hatchet Set — $175

All the best men’s grooming essentials, delivered in collectible packaging with a neat design. Well-done, Duke Cannon.

Let’s get back to more affordable style staples, shall we? In this case, Duke Cannon delivers the goods with the jam-packed, well-designed American Soap and Hatchet Set, featuring all the men’s grooming essentials you need — plus a neat carrying case and yes, an actual hatchet. A great gift for the stylish guy, too.

EVERGOODS CTB 40 — $289

The durable, dependable everyday backpack to take with you everywhere.

Your everyday carry needs to be sleek, streamlined and efficient — and of course, effective. The EVERGOODS CTB 40 checks all the boxes, and it’s destined to become your new everyday bag because of its rugged-yet-minimal construction.

Taylor Stitch Crewneck in Natural Donegal Terry — $98

A classic crewneck sweatshirt made the Taylor Stitch way.

Who said a crewneck sweatshirt can’t be stylish? As one would expect, the good folks at Taylor Stitch are making one of the best men’s crewneck sweatshirts, and they’re doing it in a color that’s cool, unique and ready to wear with your favorite chambray shirt this winter.
Mott and Bow Charles Twill Chinos — $125

Classic chinos from your favorite denim brand.

We talked earlier about the Flint and Tinder Selvedge Chinos, but allow me to introduce to you perhaps another pair of your new favorite chinos — they’re made by Mott and Bow (makers of some of the best men’s jeans), and rest assured, the Mott and Bow Charles Twill Chinos get the job done in winter (and every other time of year!).
Astorflex Rolflex Boots — $185

Durable boots that are part-sneaker, part Chelsea boot.

So, what exactly are you going to wear with your new favorite chinos, for example? The hybrid sneakerboots shown here — the Astorflex Rolflex Boots carry on that lineage of quality and style you expect from the brand, to say the least.
Flint and Tinder Wool Camp Socks — $15.98

The best socks for your boots? Sure thing.

OK, last but not least — if you read the blog regularly, you know that the best men’s accessories make all the difference when it comes to comfort and style — the Flint and Tinder Wool Camp Socks are certainly a prime example of this. They’re the best men’s socks to wear with your Astorflex Rolflex Boots, among other picks.
OK, so … do you have a favorite pick from the above, rather extensive list? It’s always tough to decide between essential picks that are modern and stylish (take the Mott and Bow Charles Twill Chinos) and must-have layers (a la the Flint and Tinder Wool CPO Shirt). Of course, if you really want to splurge, then the Super73-S1 Universal Motorbike is a prime adventure-focused purchase. And we’d be remiss not to mention the very pick highlighted at the top of the page, the HELM Boots Declan Boots — these stylish leather chukka boots can be worn with each and every single one of these menswear essentials. Let me know how you’re putting them all together on Twitter.

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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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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.

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