Friday, November 23, 2012

How to wear boots

Hey my Fashionfollowers,

December is right around the corner, the temperature has dropped and the sun is going down a bit more earlier.

This also means its Party Month!!!

For all the Gents out there who are attending formal parties or just something comfy to keep the body warm, my first advice to you is start from below.

YES.....I'm talking about shoes!
This year is all about the boots. 

Think men's boots are just for hoedowns and hiking? Think again. From Chelsea to chukka, there’s a whole wide world of options out there (even if you’re more the suit-and-tie type). So, buckle up, gents. It’s time to reboot your brain. 

The Chelsea Boot (aka dealer boots)

Characterized by ankle-high height, a close fit and, most notably, no laces. Instead, the Chelsea boot employs an elastic panel known as goring, which allows the shoe to stretch when taking it on or off. Although Chelsea boots rose to fame in the 60's mod scene (the Beatles booted up in a similar style), the shoe first came into being over a century earlier during the Victorian era as a riding boot praised for its convenience.  

How to wear them: Today, more refined varieties with dress shoe soles are making a comeback at the edgier end of Wall Street. I think it’s proof positive that suits and boots can live in perfect harmony -- provided, of course, that the cut complements the Chelsea’s slim, sleek lines. Your shirt collar, tie and, yes, even your briefcase should have an equally trim proportion to the slimness of the boot. I recommend pairing your navy suit with brown Chelsea boots, like these pictured here.

The Chukka Boot (aka turf boots or bucks)

Like the Chelsea, the chukka is also known for hovering in the ankle area. But the similarities stop there. This boot comes with two to three eyelets of lacing and is often outfitted in suede. In the 1940's chukkas popped up as part of a trend toward casual dressing, and by 1950, the British brand Clark's had invented its iconic desert boots (essentially a chukka with a crepe rubber sole), solidifying the style’s spot in shoe history. 

How to wear them: A recent resurgence in popularity has everyone from college kids to soccer dads sporting chukkas. And for good reason: It only takes a solid color shirt and straight-leg jeans with a single cuff that gently covers the boot without breaking (so the pants fall straight over the shoe in a clean line) to do these shoes justice.

The Motorcycle Boot (aka engineer boots)

The height ranges from above the ankle to below the knee, but all motorcycle boots boast a low heel in order to aid in putting the pedal to the metal, as well as heavy duty leather for protection against an unplanned meeting with the pavement. Engineer boots are the common old-school biking boot (as opposed to the tricked-out racing or motocross kinds) .  

How to wear them: These days, you can flaunt a pair with all the elements of a true engineer boot without coming off like a costume. Toss them on in your downtime with a pair of black jeans, a relaxed-fit pocket tee and, of course, a leather jacket.

The Military Boot (aka combat boots)

As you might expect, boots made for the military are designed with one goal in mind: to shield you from an unfriendly environment. As a result, combat boots vary from ankle-high to under-the-knee, and are typically made from technical materials like waterproof leather, Gore-Tex and rubber. The first boots for battle were worn as early as 1000 BC. Fast forward a few thousand years, and you’ll find them on the feet of everyone from generals to teenage Gothic and grunge types. 

How to wear them: Swapping traditional black boots for red ones and grunge dark denim , a vintage tee and a tailored pea coat should keep you clear of the battle field.

I love boots.
If you want to make a bold statement yet be classy flaunt a pair and wait for the ooohhs and aaahsss to follow.

Fashion is for the ones who dare to try and try to dare others.


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