Style Pick of the Week: Wolverine 1000 Mile Faribault Boots

Wolverine 1000 Mile Faribault Boots

Some of the coolest leather boots you’re going to find this season.

Thanks, folks, for joining us to start your Saturday with today’s Style Pick of the Week. We’re continuing to talk about the best gear for fall here on the blog, and in this case, the best men’s boots to buy right now. What’s even better than that is the fact that, well, these rugged leather boots come from a heritage footwear brand you know, love and trust (or at least, I hope that’s the case).

Wolverine has been a tried-and-true brand for me over the years (seriously, check out my 2013 Wolverine product review on this very blog!), so it’s with great pleasure that I’ve been able to test out the Wolverine 1000 Mile Faribault Boots. They’re some of the best new men’s boots I’ve tried this season — if you follow me on Instagram, you know I’m always testing ’em out — and they’ve got the right pedigree and style potential to carry you through the rest of November and through on into winter. They’re also built on the brand’s workman-like Axel boot design. With all that being said, dig in with me, find out and get ready to pick up your new favorite boots, because they assuredly take the cake.

Faribault Woolen Mills has long been known for making some of the strongest, toughest woolen goods on the planet, starting with 1890s military blankets for U.S. soldiers, so it’s only fitting that Wolverine (based in my home state of Michigan!) would team up with such a lauded heritage brand. The specs on these classic leather boots really are something else (more on that in a moment, though).

SHOP: The Wolverine 1000 Mile Faribault Boots 

Wolverine 1000 Mile Faribault Boots

Rugged details in a rugged pair of boots from Wolverine and Faribault.

Naturally, these wouldn’t be a pair of rugged Wolverine boots without the right construction, and in this case, that means an incredibly tough Vibram lug outsole and the classic 1000 Mile boot design, for starters. And yet, the Wolverine 1000 Mile Faribault Boots go the extra mile (pun intended), using fabrics originally made for U.S. Army blankets (in the case of the Green fabric) or U.S. Navy blankets (as with the grey fabric on the black-and-grey version). Either way, these boots are rugged, handsome, refined and versatile all the same. Agreeable pairings are plentiful with rugged leather boots such as these, from tan chinos, a white Oxford shirt and a blue denim jacket to slim black jeans and your favorite henley on a casual winter morning. Give the Wolverine 1000 Mile Faribault Boots, and find out what all the hype is about.

SHOP: The Wolverine 1000 Mile Faribault Boots 

 

Style Pick of the Week: FRYE Bowery Moc Lace Up Boots

Tough, durable boots that come through in matters of performance and style.

Given that we’ve hit mid-November and blustery fall weather is rolling through in force these days (well, for most of us, that is!), finding a pair of the best men’s boots has never been more critical. And now, you’ve got one way to go thanks to today’s Style Pick of the Week, and that’s with the perfectly rugged, expertly crafted FRYE Bowery Moc Lace Up Boots, some of the best boots for men to get on your feet ASAP. If you’ve read the blog on the regular, you know that FRYE men’s boots take the cake when it comes to quality and craftsmanship, to say the very least (check out my write-up on the best sales on men’s boots at FRYE for more, as but one example). Heck, the FRYE Bowery Moc Lace Up Boots stand apart from even the rest of the FRYE arsenal when it comes to durability, rugged appeal and great looks. For the holiday season, when dressing occasions run the gamut from navigating slippery driveways or slippery brewery parking lots, the best boots will assuredly come in handy — these have a leather storm welt and tough construction, to boot (pun intended).

SHOP: The FRYE Bowery Moc Lace Up Boots

High-quality leather and stitching for an excellent look and feel from FRYE.

The full sponge EVA outsole offers comfort and a springy feel, a rarity among some leather boots, and yet another great reason to give the FRYE Bowery Moc Lace Up Boots a serious shot this season. The difference really is in the details when it comes to the best men’s boots, and these certainly check all the right boxes. While the moc toe construction is definitely rugged, these are still the type of boots to wear with everything from tan chinos and a white Oxford shirt for a holiday gathering, to dark denim and a classic henley on a winter weekend. The FRYE Bowery Moc Lace Up Boots will also age handsomely over time, and that’s an investment that’ll certainly pay off, seeing as they retail for $358 at FRYE. The best boots for guys certainly don’t come cheap, but with FRYE, you can rest assured that they’re worth it.

SHOP: The FRYE Bowery Moc Lace Up Boots

The Sunday Sale: Save More Than 40 Percent on these Rugged FRYE Leather Boots

Step right up and get the best men’s boots for the season ASAP — and for a great deal, too.

 

Thanks once again, my friends, for joining us here on the Sunday Sale, where we dive deep into the best deals and steals on men’s style gear from far and wide. In fact, the featured brand in today’s Sunday Sale is probably pretty darn recognizable, however: I’m talking about The FRYE Company, a previous entry in our Sunday Sale series and certainly, makers of some of the best boots for men on the planet. Seeing as we’ve now hit November (crazily enough!), it’s more than time you shored up your collection of the best men’s boots, and the FRYE Trench Combat Shearling Boots are a great place to start. If you follow the blog, you know that FRYE reliably delivers some of the most rugged leather boots around, and these are no exception. What’s more, the FRYE Trench Combat Shearling Boots are available for stunning discount ($249 at FRYE, after being $458 previously). If you do the math, that’s more than 40 percent off on the best boots for men, and just in time for the rest of fall and winter.

SHOP: The FRYE Trench Combat Shearling Boots 

A durable build and a rugged silhouette make these a versatile winner this season, no doubt about it.

Notably, the FRYE Trench Combat Shearling Boots check all the right boxes when it comes to the perfect pair of boots for fall and winter, from the rugged profile to the tough rubber lug sole. That makes them all the better to wear through adverse conditions and on slippery city streets or through blustery fall and winter winds. Of course, they wouldn’t be the best boots for men without the right complementary touches, and in this case, that’s the weatherproof pull-up leather and wool upper for maximum seasonal style. It doesn’t get much cooler than that, and again, given that you can get these boots for more than 40 percent off right now, I’d suggest you act as quickly as possible. See you out there, new boots in tow, this season.

SHOP: The FRYE Trench Combat Shearling Boots 

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

HELM Boots Review

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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HELM Boots Zind Boots

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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#OOTD: How to Wear the Best New Boots for Guys This Fall

Seeing as we’re cruising through fall, there are a couple things that are pretty clear in my mind in terms of men’s style essentials. For starters, you need a pair of the best boots for men on your feet ASAP. What’s more, you need a functional pair of boots that also happen to look great — while also offering what you might call more unique style. And above all else, you need to know how to wear boots this season, especially when the boots in question are the rugged-yet-refined Season Three Ansel Hiking Boots out of New York City. Featuring the cut of a hiking boot but some of the refined touches of your favorite dress boots, you’ll recognize plenty of versatile complementary pieces to help you get ‘out and about (safely) this season.

From a tough field jacket to a rugged men’s henley, the layers on your top half are every bit as “ready for anything” as your new favorite boots. And on your bottom half, you’ll recognize classics like slim dark blue denim and perhaps the best leather belt and the best men’s socks, all compiled with an eye toward helping you navigate the city, head upstate, get out on a day hike and grab a cold beer at an outdoor (socially distanced!) beer tent afterwards. How does that sound? This #OOTD is nothing if not versatile, so you should keep on scrolling to check it out below. When you build from the ground up with a pair of the best boots for men this season, darn near anything is possible.

Pair up versatile hiking boots with casual, rugged classics for fall.

So, that’s it. That’s today’s #OOTD. It’s a versatile combination of both adventure gear — heck, just check out that exceptional Ollech & Wajs Pilot Watch — plus gear picks that can do a bit of everything (naturally, the centerpiece Season Three Ansel Hiking Boots get the job done). The rest of this ensemble works well in or out of town, especially around a backyard bonfire on a crisp fall night. You’re staying warm with one of the best men’s henleys from Buck Mason, and you’re layering up in rugged, classic fashion with the Filson Field Flannel Shirt for timeless fall style — how about that? Classic slim blue jeans from Mott and Bow tie things together in a way that’s just a bit more versatile than technical hiking pants, and the epically cool Todd Snyder Made-in-New York Field Jacket looks great, provides tough functionality and works with anything in your fall wardrobe.

Naturally, your supporting cast is what’s going to set this #OOTD apart, so the best leather belt from Billykirk is a reliable style move. To keep your feet comfortable in style, I’m a huge proponent of the American Trench Merino Activity Socks — and to ease into your evening with some bourbon whiskey in hand, how about switching on some of the best Bluetooth headphones from the good folks at Master & Dynamic? Taken together, this ensemble provides rugged style, performance, durability and some seriously cool style for fall — can it get any better than that? I don’t think so. If you pick up any of these pieces, feel free to let me know on Twitter. Happy fall, my friends!

 

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

 

The Sunday Sale: Get the Best Men’s Boots and Gear for Fall at FRYE Right Now

The Best Frye Boots for Men

A great opportunity to get the best men’s boots — and more — at the best prices around.

If you read this blog or my newsletter regularly, you know I’m absolutely a fan of FRYE men’s boots. This heritage bootmaker just so happens to specialize in making the best boots for men (plus sneakers and supporting pieces, like rugged men’s henleys), so it’s only fitting that they’re the focus of today’s Sunday Sale. Especially as we step into fall, you need the very best men’s gear to take on chilly weather, blustery day trips, cold early mornings and much more, and of course, FRYE is going to be where you’ll get said gear.

The difference with FRYE really comes down to quality materials (the leather used in its men’s boots is a sight to behold), plus rugged, tough construction. From dress boots to leather lace-up boots, the brand really can do it all. With that being said, I’ll make it easy on you: Here are my top sale picks from The FRYE Company to power your season ahead. The even better news? You can get $25 off your first order at FRYE right now. Cheers, my friends!

FRYE Greyson Lace-Up Boots — $249

Rugged, cool-as-can-be lace-up boots.

From the rich cognac leather to the dressy-but-versatile profile, the FRYE Greyson Lace-Up Boots should be able to tackle any challenge you throw at ’em this fall. Wear them with your favorite blue jeans and a classic cardigan for casual fall weekend style.

FRYE Ludlow Low Sneakers — $69

Rugged-yet-versatile men’s sneakers from FRYE.

See, I told you that FRYE makes more than just some of the best boots for men, and the FRYE Ludlow Sneakers prove that. You’ve still got some time to rock these FRYE sneakers before the weather turns, and they’re a downright steal at well under $100. A canvas exterior and rugged rawhide laces make these some of the best men’s sneakers right now.

FRYE Trench Combat Shearling Boots — $249

Durable, rugged and warm leather boots for fall and winter.

When you can get more than 40 percent off your new favorite boots, you take it. These rugged combat boots are lined with shearling and feature both leather and wool on the exterior for extra warmth. In short: Some of the coolest men’s boots for fall, period.

FRYE Henley Pocket T-shirt — $24

A cool, rugged henley T-shirt from FRYE — not bad, ehh?

See, I told you that FRYE goes beyond boots and even makes pieces like this rugged Henley Pocket T-shirt. It’s a steal at under $30 (normally $88), so pick up one of the best men’s henleys for all your fall layering needs.

FRYE Paul Light Chukka Boots — $159

Lightweight chukka boots to wear from 9-to-5 and well beyond.

Take nearly $100 off these versatile, lightweight chukka boots you can wear now and through most of fall. The FRYE Paul Light Chukka Boots feature both rich suede and a soft, cushioned footbed for day-to-night style.

FRYE Prison Boots — $299

The most dependable, toughest men’s boots on the market, ehh?

The rugged FRYE Prison Boots have been on my menswear wish list for some time, and now, you should add ’em to yours, too. It’s hard to find some of the best leather boots for men on sale like this, which means you should act quickly to get your pair — right? Right.

FRYE Quilted Dean Overshirt — $99

FRYE Quilted Dean Overshirt

Your new favorite fall overshirt, guaranteed.

Looking for one of the best men’s overshirts to serve as a transitional layer alongside a pair of the best boots for men? What if I told you it was nearly 70 percent off? Well, you’ve found it with the FRYE Quilted Dean Overshirt, folks — it features suede elbow patches and front chest pockets for your EDC essentials.

FRYE Ludlow High Sneakers — $79

A classic pair of high-top sneakers to wear all fall, folks.

Yes, folks — that price is correct. Some of the best high-top sneakers for men can now be found for well under $100, with great looks and perfect fall style, to boot. I’d snap up the FRYE Ludlow High Sneakers ASAP if I were you.

FRYE Bowery Wingtips — $199 

Some of the sharpest black leather wingtip shoes on the planet.

Get some of the best black wingtips for men for 60 percent off — if you act now, that is. These are classic black leather dress shoes made the right way (from vegetable-tanned vintage leather), and they’ll look great with navy dress trousers or dark blue denim in equal measure.

FRYE Korver Chelsea Boots — $159

Rugged winter boots to wear when the weather gets rough.

See, I told you that FRYE men’s boots really can do it all, didn’t I? The FRYE Korver Chelsea Boots, made with waterproof leather and featuring a tough-yet-comfortable Vibram sole construction, are some of the best winter boots for men out there, especially when found at a deal like this.

That’s going to wrap up my guide to the best men’s boots to buy at FRYE right now, but hopefully, this post shows you that the heritage bootmaker really is so much more than that. From rugged winter boots like the FRYE Korver Chelsea Boots to some of the best high-top sneakers for men, they’ve got plenty of gear for the modern, stylish man (that’s you!). And hey, who know they could also make one of the best men’s overshirts, too? I’m partial to classic picks like the rugged FRYE Prison Boots, for instance, but I’d love to hear from you on your favorites — just give me a shout over on Twitter. Happy shopping out there, and happy fall!

 

 

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

Filson boots

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

Mock | Brown

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 

Mock | Brown

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