3 Boot Styles Every Man Should Own

Lace Up Boots

A good lace up boot is definitely a must-have in your shoe rotation.There’s 3 types of lace up boots that you should consider, based on how you’ll wear them or what look you’re going for:

  • Work or Casual
  • Dress
  • Mixed Materials (we’ll call them Fashion boots)

The Work Boot

A work boot adds a rugged, masculine touch to your casual outfits and typically has a chunkier profile and more rugged sole, which you obviously want for added grip in rain or snow.

The Dragon boot by Taft. Click the picture for details.

Unless you’re going for a specific look, work-style boots shouldn’t be worn with your more dressed-up looks because the profile is more geared toward casual outfits. If you want a more rugged boot that looks more worn in, then highly recommend the above Taft work boots. The overall look of the leather, along with the chunkier rubber sole will compliment your casual layered looks during the Fall and Winter. The darker brown color a my favorite because it can easily be worn with your earthy/fall colors or black outfits as well. Here’s a great way to style the Dragon boot in an outfit:

 

 

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Dress Boot & The Two-For

This type of boot adds a sleek, sexy and sharp touch to your more elevated outfits.

The Rome boot by Taft. Click the image for details.

Notice how the profile is less “bulbous” and the sole a little thinner than the casual boot? That’s one of the ways you can distinguish a dress and casual boot (the type of soles also determines this.)

If you’d like a dress boot that can also work with casual outfits, I recommend getting a boot with tumbled leather, like the image above, which enables it to work in both casual and more elevated, dressy outfits. The texture adds just a hint of casualness to the boot, this is why it is able to work with both situations. The sole can be either leather or a thin rubber profile like a Dianite sole. This specific boot comes in a variety of colors, so choose whatever you prefer, but we’re always going to be partial to black and brown. A simple, classy way to style this boot is like this:

 

 

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The Fashion Boot

If you want a boot with personality, then getting something with mixed materials is perfect.

The Holt Boot in Espresso by Taft. Click image for details.

There’s a ton of “fashion boots” out there that incorporate materials like tweed, suede, and wool in their leather boots. I love these tweed one’s by Taft that Dorian’s wearing in the image below because they’re the perfect balance of style and trendiness without being tacky. Wear these with jeans, wool trousers, chinos and suits whenever you want to inject a bit of flourish into an outfit.

 

Chelsea/Slip-On boots

There’s two designs to your Chelsea boots

  • The classic Chelsea that you’ve come to know and love.
  • The Jodhpur which is recognizable by it’s wrap around strap and buckle detail.

Let’s start with your classic Chelsea design – Suede Chelseas pair well with your casual Fall/Winter looks, as the texture compliments the thicker materialed clothing you’ll be wearing during the chillier months. But opt for leather Chelseas if you want a dressy pair as the leather’s sleekness invokes formality.

As far as Jodhpur’s, the same rules apply as far as suede vs leather. These are great if you want something different than your standard Chelsea boots, but they’re virtually the same in how you style them, so just go for whichever style and materials you like best.

Here’s the links to the 3 boots:

Outback | Hiro | Dylan

 

Here’s a great way to wear these types of boots, there’s also a few other pictures featuring the Outback boot on the Instagram account:

 

 

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Chukka Boots

Consider these as a great casual shoe option when you don’t want to wear sneakers or full lace-up boots.

The Milliken Chukka by Johnston & Murphy

They’re certainly faster to put on than lace up boots, so if ease is what you’re after than consider these. As far as styling goes, chukkas really shine when worn with chino pants and jeans. A medium to dark brown and black are fantastic starter choices and then from their you can experiment with color.

Here’s a great way to style your chukka boots:

 

 

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Men’s Minimalist Summer Wardrobe

Chino Pants

Tan & Navy

Favorite 1 | Favorite 2 | Favorite 3

Polo Shirts or T-Shirts

Navy & Heather Gray

Polo Favorite 1 | Polo Favorite 2

T-Shirt Favorite 1 | T-Shirt Favorite 2

Linen Long Sleeve Shirts

White & Navy

Favorite 1 | Favorite 2

Low-Top Sneakers

White or Blue

Favorite 1 | Favorite 2

Woven Belt

Dark Brown

Favorite 1 | Favorite 2

Leather Penny Loafers or Suede Driving Mocs

Brown

Driving Moc Favorite 1 | Driving Moc Favorite 2

Penny Loafer Favorite 1 | Penny Loafer Favorite 2

Lightweight blazer

Blue

Favorite 1 | Favorite 2

No-Show Socks

Navy

Favorite 1

Perlon Watch Strap

Navy & Brown

Favorite 1

Baseball Cap

Navy

Favorite 1

Panama Hat

Favorite 1 | Favorite 2

Sunglasses

Tortoise Shell Brown

Favorite 1 | Favorite 2

Chino Shorts

Navy

Favorite 1 | Favorite 2

Swimtrunks

Navy

Favorite 1 | Favorite 2

9 Summer Accessories Every Man Must Have In 2020

We’re going to briefly go over the essential Summer accessories every man should consider grabbing for this time of year. If you haven’t downloaded the free Summer Ebook, you’re missing out!

 

Woven Belts

With your warm-weather outfits, there’s nothing that looks better than a woven belt. Either in leather or fabric. For a little extra casual flair, get the belt a little longer and let it dangle a bit. As for colors, you can have some fun with them and get some browns, navy or even gray options.

The Tie Bar | Uniqlo

Chain necklace

David Yurman | John Hardy

Tote Bag

L.L.Bean | J.Crew

Sunglasses

We talked about it in our  Summer Style Mistakes Video and now it’s time to pull out the brown/tortoise shell and/or colored frames to go with your lighter-colored clothing.

Warby Parker | Oliver People’s

Hats

Ball caps

Everlane

Panama Hat

Brooks Brothers | Ted Baker

Slim Cuff/Bracelet

Since you’ll be wearing more short-sleeved items or rolling up your shirt sleeves, it’s time to bust out the wrist jewelry.

Miansai

Fun socks or No-Show Socks

Happy Socks | Uniqlo

Loafers or slip-on sneakers

Whether you go a little more polished and formal with a leather penny loafer of suede driving moc or a pair of slip-on sneakers, it’s the beginning of slip-on season!

Tods | Vans | Kenneth Cole |

Fabric or colored watch straps

If you’re not a jewelry guy, then swapping your watch bracelets or straps for fabric, suede or even rubber straps is a fun, quick and easy way to enhance an outfit and change up the appearance of your watches.

Great Budget Straps

11 Men’s Summer Wardrobe Essentials for 2020

These are our favorite Summer Wardrobe Essentials you should grab for this time of year. Below are our favorite picks for each item discussed in the video. If you haven’t checked out our detailed Summer Essentials Ebook, you’re missing out!

Short sleeve Shirts

Uniqlo | H&M | Brooks Brothers

Sneakers

Koio | Converse | Adidas

Linen Long Sleeve Shirts

Uniqlo | The Tie Bar

Loafers

Tods | Kenneth Cole | Allen Edmonds

Bomber Jacket

Uniqlo

Polo Shirts

The Tie Bar | H&M

Sweater

Brooks Brothers

Chinos

Uniqlo

No-Show Socks

Bombas | Uniqlo

Watch Straps

Dorian’s favorite place for cheap straps.
He specifically likes the perlon, cloudy perlon and canvas straps.

Best Men’s Sunglasses for Your Face Shape

Sunglasses not only protect your eyes but they can also add a stylish touch to an outfit – in good or bad ways. So finding the best pair of sunglasses that perfectly fits your face shape is important to ensure you always look your best. If you haven’t gone through our How To Find Your Face Shape Guide For Men, then this post will make no sense, so read through that first then come back here after you’ve determined your face shape once and for all. See the end of this article for our favorite picks for each type of sunglasses.

OVAL & Triangle

Oval is considered the holy grail of face shapes for sunglasses because it will work with 99% of styles out there. Since your head is longer than it is wide and has a more rounded jaw, this allows you to wear square, rounded, aviator, club masters, virtually any style and shape.

The only thing you have to watch out for is frames with arms that hang too low, as this will elongate the face further – which you want to avoid.

SQUARE

You want to stick to any style of sunglasses that are the opposite of your face shape – so anything square needs to be avoided – make rounded frames your new religion. This helps to create balance by either softening harsh features or creating definition.

Styles That Work Best: Aviators, Clubmasters, rounded, John Lennon style frames.

ROUND

Using the same rule as the square face shape, you need to avoid anything round. So think square or rectangles for your sunglasses. This will create balance on your face shape by making your fuller cheeks appear slimmer.

Choose a style with a strong brow line and that is just a little wider than the your head. Angular glasses will also help to elongate your temples and lengthen your face.

Styles That Work Best: Wayfarers, square frames, Clubmasters

RECTANGLE/OBLONG

To give your rectangular face shape some balance, go for sunglasses that add width to your face. Round or square frames will work, but you want to go for larger or oversized styles.

Styles That Work Best: Wayfarers, D-Frames, Clubmasters

HEART & Diamond

This is the most difficult face shape to figure out because the narrower chin is countered by a wider forehead, so it’s going to be real important to not add extra weight to the top half of your face.

The one style that’ll work best for you is Clubmasters because it is semi-rounded and will help balance out your pointed chin. But other rounded frames will also work for your face shape. The goal is not to add big bulky glasses, and keep them rounded because of your sharp chin.

Styles That Work Best: Clubmasters, Rounded Frames.

 

Our FAVORITE BRANDS

Our Favorite Picks for each Style

Aviators

Pick 1 | Pick 2 | Pick 3 | Pick 4

Square Sunglasses

Pick 1 | Pick 2 | Pick 3

Rounded Sunglasses

Pick 1 | Pick 2 | Pick 3 | Pick 4

Clubmasters

Pick 1

Wayfarers

Pick 1 | Pick 2