With winter slowly on its way out and spring around the corner, most UK men are still going to be facing the cold for the foreseeable future. One of the first victims of bad weather is footwear. Your shoes will suffer in wet, muddy, miserable weather. With that in mind, it’s important to don a style that can withstand poor weather but remain comfortable no matter what the elements throw at you. Here’s a few top choices:
A slip-on style that is a winter favourite, a pair of Chelsea boots are ideal for boosting your fashion credentials but staying comfy throughout the bad weather. Throw on a hidden pair of thick socks to keep your feet warm and make sure you buy an all-leather pair. If they’re looking haggard, clean up the leather and apply some leather protector. Clarks Chelsea boots are a good option for an affordable but authentic style.
Hi Top Trainers
If you need a casual option that’ll keep you looking fresh without letting water soak your socks, you’ll need a pair of hi top style trainers. Popularised by Converse, they’re usually made of canvas so can’t cope with an extended soaking but will be fine for a night on the town.
You don’t need to take to the hills to enjoy the benefits of hard-wearing walking boots. Built for life on the hills, they’re designed to handle inclement weather but are now a fashion staple thanks to brands like Fracap.
No longer exclusive to alternative culture, Dr Martens are fantastic boots to sport throughout the colder months. They’re made with inuck leather and are hard-wearing and reliable, which is all you’ll need from a winter boot. Best worn in black, they’re great when paired with black jeans and a jumper.
While brogues can be associated with a more summer-orientated style, they’re also great for winter thanks to hard-wearing leather and thick soles. Worn in brown, they’re ideal paired with dark denim and a suit jacket for a more casual office outfit. Make sure you apply some kind of leather protector to help waterproof them. You can either wear a pair of brogue shoes or opt for a pair of brogue boots for a more cold-weather certainty.