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

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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#OOTD: How to Dress for a Fall Evening On The Town — The Right Way

So, you’ve done your research, you’ve made your reservation and you’re looking forward to an evening at your favorite cocktail bar, a secluded whiskey den or an old-school speakeasy — if it’s a special occasion, and even if it’s not, I’d bet you’re now on the hunt for what to wear out on a fall evening. Date night, weeknight, post-concert, pre-dinner … the right #OOTD can go a long way in terms of solidifying rock-solid fall and winter style, and I’m here to help you put it all together.

My go-to in a situation like this is usually my trusty Flint and Tinder Trucker Jacket, to go along with my neighborhood whiskey bar, Sycamore Bar and Flower Shop, but perhaps you want to step it up a notch (NYC’s The Dead Rabbit ought to do the trick!). Wherever you go, the best men’s style essentials are crucial in that regard — we’re talking subtle but stylish, considered and composed. Witness our picks below, from slim black jeans — sharp but not too stuffy — to rich cognac leather boots and more unique touches suited to an evening on the town. Case in point: Layers like a rugged work jacket and slick-but-classic touches like an organic cotton Oxford shirt. Of course, you’ll also find the best leather dress watch in this ensemble for the taking. The key here is putting together a look that’s sharp, versatile and comfortable — in my mind, this is a get-up you could wear to the office, and then right out to dinner afterwards. It all comes together in a fall-friendly black-and-tan combination that’ll quietly turn heads, and hopefully, impress your company. Like the look of this? Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter. 

Pairing up rich leather boots with dark denim and a workwear jacket — all in the pursuit of great whiskey.

  • The Slim Dark Denim: Bluffworks Travel Jeans 2.0 in Black Dark Wash, $98 — Invest in the best with these slim black jeans in a flattering fit — built-in stretch and handy hidden pockets ensure your everyday carry essentials are taken care of, while the silhouette is dressy enough for a refined bar or speakeasy.
  • The Jacket: Vetra French Moleskin Jacket, $229 — A modern update to the classic workwear silhouette, this rugged work jacket provides a nice contrast to your slim black jeans and white Oxford shirt — it’s casual but not too casual, and visually interesting all the same.
  • The Shirt: By Garment Makers Organic Shirt, $78 — A crisp, classic white Oxford shirt is a foolproof move, no matter the occasion — and when the occasion involves enjoying an Old Fashioned alongside pleasant company, well, you’d best look the part. This might just be the best Oxford shirt to snap up for fall and winter.
  • The Boots: Moral Code Jacques Wingtip Boots, $249 — The right leather boots can really tie an outfit together — and the pair of the moment has to be this pleasingly refined pair from Moral Code, featuring classically rugged brogue detailing. Certainly sharp enough for a distillery, a speakeasy or your favorite cocktail bar.
  • The Watch: Carpenter Watches G2 Brooklyn Gent, $724.98 — For a refined evening out and about, only the best leather dress watch will do. Carpenter Watches makes a nuanced, subtle and yet visually interesting timepiece, to say the least.
  • The Everyday Carry Essential: Rustico Traveler’s Notebook and Wanderer Pen, $120 — Especially when visiting a new locale (and even when visiting an old haunt), a stylish leather notebook will come in handy when inspiration strikes — or when you simply want to remember that exact cocktail recipe.
  • The Socks: Taylor Stitch Merino Socks, $22 — Don’t discount the importance of stylish socks, especially this comfortable, anti-odor pair from Taylor Stitch.
  • The Leather Wallet: Bellroy Slim Note Sleeve, $89 — Stay sleek, streamlined and stylish with a slim leather wallet that keeps your valuables safe — no extra bulk required.

From top to bottom, head to toe, I’d say you’re not going to go wrong with this look for an evening enjoying your favorite cocktails. We’re keeping your look fresh and modern by swapping a blazer for a rugged work jacket, and then pairing up that piece with a classic white Oxford shirt for go-anywhere seasonal style (and yes, you can wear that combo at the office, too). From there, slim black jeans help carry the day by providing a nice mix of edgy style and a sharp silhouette — again, critical if you’re visiting a hip haunt in town. Of course, the right pair of rugged leather wingtip boots has to be what makes this outfit all work; the pair shown here from Moral Code are practically begging to be worn out on a fine fall or winter evening. Excellent essentials are also critical to keeping your ensemble streamlined and stylish, from a slim leather wallet to stylish socks and of course, stylish leather notebook to jot down tasting notes, recipes or random musings. And when hitting up your favorite cocktail bar, the small details seemingly get a bit bigger — take your wristwatch, then upgrade it from the average with the best leather dress watch — then prepare to watch the compliments roll in. This ensemble might look a bit different from the look you were first envisioning, and in my mind, that’s A-OK — it’s all about unique style and nuanced, subtle details. This look might even make your whiskey taste that much better — but again, that’s all up to you. Thanks for reading, and happy whiskey hunting (and tasting!).

The Friday Read: Michigan Craft Beer, Shinola’s New Watch & The Best Boots for November

If you didn’t feel in the holiday spirit yet, well, step right this way with these rugged Rancourt boots.

Although I’ll be in Brooklyn this weekend (likely wearing a pair of rugged leather boots very similar to the excellent Rancourt & Co. leather boots shown above!), my mind is back on my home state of Michigan, and in particular, my alma mater, Michigan State University. I was just in East Lansing last weekend for a terrific time with old college friends, filled with beers at HopCat (a staple of my senior year) and Crunchy’s, along with some Michigan State football. It’s of course with football in mind that I’ll be enjoying craft beer back in my new home borough this weekend — it’s Michigan vs. Michigan State on Saturday, after all! It’s a rivalry that meant a lot to me as a student, and means even more now that I’m farther away from campus. I’ll be finding a sports bar in Brooklyn to hunker down for the game, likely followed by a round of (hopefully!) celebratory beers at the always-excellent Threes Brewing. If your plans involve college football as well, I wish you nothing but luck! And if they involve more frenzied pursuits — such as starting your holiday shopping early — then I’d suggest you A) Check out the below Friday Read and B) Check out the never-not-outstanding Huckberry 2019 Gift Guide, packed with gear like the above Rancourt & Co. leather boots, plus plenty of stylish stocking stuffers. In the meantime, the below reading and gear picks ought to get you started — agreed?

  • Let’s get this weekend started accordingly the right way, yes? I’m talking, of course, about one of the best new beers to try now, covered by yours truly at GearMoose. That beer would be the rich, utterly satisfying Perrin Brewing S’more Stout, a fittingly inspired beer for cold Michigan (and New York) winters. I can’t wait to get my hands on some when I’m back in the Mitten State.
  • Speaking of my home state of Michigan — as has been on my mind this week — it only makes sense that Shinola would come up in conversation here. In fact, over at GearMoose once more, I covered the Shinola Bronze Monster, a durable, tough-as-heck timepiece with plenty of style points built right in. Did I mention it draws design inspiration from Detroit’s Prohibition smugglers? Yes, it’s got plenty going for it, too. Wear it with your favorite henley and tough chore pants on a chilly winter weekend.
  • OK, let’s keep it rolling when it comes to rugged weekend gear and perhaps more importantly, rugged winter boots. I covered the Danner Pub Garden Boots here on the blog just last week, and if you missed that feature, now’s your chance to catch up. They’re fit for the trail, the town, and indeed, the pub, easily. They’ll also wear particularly well with, say, a classic Barbour jacket and rugged work pants.

OK, those are all the style quick hits and men’s style news updates I’ve got for you this week. If you’re still searching for the best gifts for everyone on your list (and it never hurts to start as early as possible!), well, then head to my roundup of some of the best gear for November. From flannel shirts to chukka boots to the best whiskey glasses for the spirits lover, that post has something for everyone (if I do say so myself). OK, it’s time to get ready for some football. Cheers!

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: Taylor Stitch Moto Boots in Weatherproof Suede

Impressively rugged, functional and stylish Taylor Stitch moto boots.

If you thought your closet was positively too full of gear from Taylor Stitch … well, think again. And if at the same time you’ve been looking for the perfect pair of fall boots, you’re in luck. The Taylor Stitch Moto Boots are here to save your day — and your fall and winter wardrobe — from certain peril in snowy and slushy weather. Now, you’ve read about these stylish moto boots in my guide to wearing black jeans, and they’re back again for good reason today. The Taylor Stitch Moto Boots carry on an impressive lineage of top-notch performance and effortless style from everyone’s favorite San Fran-based brand, and that’s all the more reason to snag your pair now. That is to say, everything that you love about Taylor Stitch‘s chambray shirts, handsome sweaters & rugged outerwear gets distilled into one of the best pairs of men’s boots for fall and winter. What makes the Taylor Stitch Moto Boots so essential, even in spite of a slightly higher price tag ($348, for those curious)? The difference, as ever, remains in the details — from the rich 4oz. snuff suede to the impressive Goodyear welt construction., made to be resoled when you need it the  most. And of course, these are highly unique in that they just so happen to be a truly weatherproof pair of suede boots, something not many other brands can say. Does that make ’em some of the best men’s boots? Yes, indeed it does — but there’s a whole lot more where that came from.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Moto Boots

A tough sole and stellar design details put these Taylor Stitch boots a cut above the rest.

Notably, these rugged suede boots can stand up to plenty of wear in nasty weather thanks to that durable weatherproof suede and Goodyear construction — they’re complemented by a tough Vibram outsole, to boot (pun very much intended). Make no mistake, these aren’t a pair of boots to be messed with, and that goes for whether you wear them with your favorite black jeans and a henley, or team them with slim navy trousers and a classic Oxford shirt after a snowy work day commute. Throw in waxed cotton laces for a bit of tailored appeal, then add in the fact that antique brass hardware finishes off the Taylor Stitch Moto Boots, and you’ve got a truly unbeatable pair of the best fall and winter boots — that’s not just talk. Perhaps the best part about these? They’ll work with the rest of your well-stocked Taylor Stitch wardrobe … so, what more can you ask for? Not a whole lot.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Moto Boots