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: Power Through Winter with the Natural Dainite Summit Boots from Oak Street Bootmakers

A surprisingly refined pair of hiking boots for the road ahead.

Let’s be clear here: Winter is still sticking around for a few more weeks — and likely longer — and there’s not much that any of us can do about it. One thing that can ease the pain of stomping through the snow again? Stocking up on men’s winter style essentials that’ll help you charge through the snow (or just stroll) while looking great. We’ve talked about Oak Street Bootmakers here on The Style Guide before, and the Natural Dainite Summit Boots are just as worthy of an addition to any lineup of rugged winter footwear you might have lying around. The Oak Street Bootmakers Natural Dainite Summit Boots play off the Chicago brand’s penchant for delivering beautifully made, versatile footwear — and the Dainite Summit Boots are that rare pair of hikers that are actually slightly … dressy, if you will? We’re not saying you can break these guys out with a navy flannel suit, but perhaps with some Donegal trousers and an American-made indigo overshirt? Certainly. And with the specs of the Natural Dainite Summit Boots, you can be sure they’re up to the challenge in terms of battling winter weather.

Made from outstanding Natural Chromexcel Horween leather and featuring Goodyear welt construction — allowing ’em to be resoled after heavy wear — the Natural Dainite Summit Boots are sleek and rugged all at once, a rare find when it comes to dependable winter hiking boots. The UK-made Dainite offers superior traction on slippery surfaces, all without sacrificing looks — clunky winter boots, these are not. The calfskin lining on the Natural Dainite Summit Boots is a comfortable, premium bonus, while the red laces nod toward outdoor heritage without detracting from the overall style of the Natural Dainite Summit Boots — not a bad package overall, right? And I’d wager that the Natural Dainite Summit Boots will only continue to get better with age; we’ve got plenty of winter left, so it’s imperative that you stock up — is it not?

If the Oak Street Bootmakers Natural Dainite Summit Boots end up in your closet, let me know! 

Online Shopping Picks: The Best Men’s Boots for Winter

Are you ready for cold weather? Like, really cold weather? Hopefully so — if not, that’s what we’ll take care of today with a full rundown of the best men’s boots for winter on your favorite #menswear blog (uhh, over here — that would be The Style Guide … right?). If you followed along throughout December, we’ve already got you covered with dressing for snowfall, and the below men’s boots selections follow a similar vein — so unlike leather chukka boots for fall, we’re going a bit more rough-and-tumble. Think stomping through feet of snow as opposed to stepping through slush — looks are still a consideration, but so are functionality and toughness. Hopefully, you’ve also got warm winter accessories on-hand; if not, this here site will be offering a full selection of stylish picks in the coming weeks. OK, ready to bundle up and get to work? Read on below, and follow along on Twitter and Instagram for a daily dose of men’s style.

#1. Woolrich Footwear Squatch Boots — $148.98

Sturdy, tough, well-built boots for winter. Oh, and they're under $150 -- crazy, right??

Sturdy, tough, well-built boots for winter. Oh, and they’re under $150 — crazy, right??

See, told you we were going for a bit more function instead of form — right? The tough-as-heck Squatch Boots are fully built for winter weather, starting with the waterproof suede and wool upper and rolling right on through to the comfort footbed and Goodyear welt construction. The Fully Wooly insulation — clever name, yes? — provides warmth down to -25 degrees Fahrenheit. Yes, that low. Throw these on with flannel-lined chinos, a classic chambray shirt and a shawl-collar cardigan when you just don’t feel like stepping outside … but you totally have to get out there.

#2. G.H. Bass Buxton Boots — $425

A handsome, functional and tough pair of leather boots fit for anything.

A handsome, functional and tough pair of leather boots fit for anything.

Tough boots that look fantastic can be a bit tough to find sometimes — that’s not the case with the G.H. Bass Buxton Boots. In short… oh, my. These sturdy moc toe boots are made in Maine with a  durable outsole, contrast stitching and the type of rugged construction you’d expect from a domestically made pair of boots. The Chestnut color is rich and should break in nicely, and the rawhide leather laces are a solid, vintage-inspired touch. These boots are fit for a rugged business casual Friday and of course, plenty of weekend coffee outings this winter.

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#3. Red Wing Moc Boot in Rough & Tough Leather — $249

Classic Red Wing moc toe boots that are ready for just about anything this season.

Classic Red Wing moc toe boots that are ready for just about anything this season.

If a boot features the words “Rough and Tough” in its title — and if said title refers to the leather used to make that boot — odds are, it’s pretty fit for battling winter weather. With a Goodyear welt and a Traction Tred surface that’s ready to take on slippery surfaces, these are handsome, durable boots that’ll sit just right under everything from slim wool trousers to winter denim (check out the link — winter denim exists!).  And while everyone loves a rugged-refined pair of brown leather boots, there’s an argument to be made for black leather boots — especially a casual pair that offers a solid change of pace.
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#4. Thursday Boots Commander Boot in Blarney Stone — $249

A combination of sporty hikers and rich Horween leather makes these guys a heck of a pair of winter boots.

A combination of sporty hikers and rich Horween leather makes these guys a heck of a pair of winter boots.

In keeping with a blend of fashion and function, the Commander Boot is about as good as it gets for the price. We (and by we, I mean me) love Thursday Boots on the blog, and this particular boot is a fine addition to that list. It’s got the same sporty construction as the lauded Color No. 8 Diplomat Boots, starting with the Vibram Christy sole for a bit of a sneaker boot-inspired look. The hiker silhouette is classed up with beautiful Horween leather, and the full glove leather interior liner provides an easy transition for slipping into and out of these boots. Pair ’em with chinos, pair ’em with slim dark denim and try them out with a wool blazer at the office — seriously.

With a shearling lining and waterproof construction, these boots could become a multi-day pair every week.

With a shearling lining and waterproof construction, these boots could become a multi-day pair every week.

It seems with Johnston and Murphy, you really can get the best of both worlds. That is, waterproof functionality and seam-sealed construction, plus a combo sheepskin-and-mesh lining for performance and comfort. And it all comes wrapped in a classic brown leather plain toe boot that should stylishly complement tough denim or Donegal trousers with ease. The lugged rubber sole finishes these things off with a bit more durability, too.
Alright, did you add a few more boots to your style wish list? Perhaps? Or, did you pick up a pair right away? Dealing with tough winter weather is that much easier when you’ve got the right gear for it — whether you pick up something more functional like the Woolrich Squatch Boots via Huckberry, or you stick with rugged and refined boots like those G.H. Bass Buxton Boots, the right pair of footwear is going to make a huge difference in your commute and your winter adventures. Any additions to this list? Let me know on The Style Guide’s Facebook page — and stay tuned for more picks covering all things winter style in the coming weeks on the blog.

The Friday Read: Valentine’s Day, Ryan Reynolds and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Editor’s note: Expect these posts once a week on Fridays — consider this a jumpstart on reading for your weekend downtime. Expect a mix of style and non-style content. For more entries, click here

While last week was a big one (for me, at least), with the second iteration of  #NYFWM, perhaps this week has been a big one for you. After all, Valentine’s Day is upon us! What are you set to wear? Here’s your Valentine’s Day style suggestion. And do you have a gift all sorted out? If not, best get to it with these Valentine’s Day gift suggestions for that special someone. And if you have all of that in order, congrats! Enjoy what’s hopefully a three-day weekend! But before you get going on that last-minute shopping and outfit wrangling, catch up on some menswear (and yes, non-menswear) news. I won’t bug you for too much longer — after all, there are gifts to buy! Look for a Monday product review covering the standout Color No. 8 Diplomat Boot from Thursday Boots, followed by another sharp #OOTD entry and of course, the usual weekly content here at The Style Guide. Stay stylish!

  • This could come in handy in advance of Valentine’s Day, as GQ offers some standout layering tips courtesy of Ryan Reynolds — huge fan of that electric blue cardigan.
  • It might not quite be spring yet, but Apolis still is offering up its Civilian Travel Suiting bundles for a nice deal — within the higher-end market, that is.
  • Get away on a tropical vacation (or at least, start dreaming of one) by checking out the first in a series of global travel and adventure videos from the fine folks behind lifestyle brand Reef.
  • Long(ish) Read of the Week: Harry Potter fans, rejoice! Unless you’ve been living under a rock (apologies if so), Time and others have reported that the script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child — the play, that is — will be published in book form later this summer, and released, fittingly enough, on Harry Potter’s birthday! So exciting.

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On the hunt for more to read? Look right here.

    • The newly revamped VOUCH Mag is up-and-running in a big way — check out my latest feature on the best boots to survive winter, and keep an eye out for some brands you might recognize.
    • Here’s a new one, too — never lose your umbrella again with the BLUNT + Tile Traceable Umbrella; it was neat to learn more about it for GearHungry.

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