All this shitty wet weather has seriously taken it’s toll on my footwear over the last few months. So, I thought I’d start this week by researching some of the best hardwearing boots that will see me through the rest of this winter, the next and hopefully the next. Now some these beetle-crushers aren’t cheap. Although, If I recall how much money I’ve thrown away on ‘that’ll do’ footwear and good living over the years, I could’ve had a few pairs of these beauties by now.
Here are my top four AW13 boots that should; 1. Keep your trotters dry 2. Look decent 3. Come in useful, should you feel the urge to kick the crap out of someone/thing (Not that I would ever condone that).
1. The Fred Triple Welted – By Grenson
A proper heavy duty masterclass from quality british shoemaker Grenson. Grenson’s founder William Green began knocking out traditional boot designs nearly 150 years ago, so they really do know there onions (and boots). ‘The Fred’ comes in a few different editions. However, this Triple Welted edition with oversized ankle pull is the stand out piece for me, Great stuff!
The Damage: £395.00
2. The Iron Ranger (Black) by Red Wing
The original American workman boot. Charles Beckman created the first Red Wing boots over 100 years ago and they are still going strong. The Iron Ranger in ‘black’ is my pick. It’s made with premium harness leather, has a nitrile cork sole and is tripled stitched. Great for working down the pit, drinking lager beer and generally doing lots of other manly things.
The Damage: £239
3. McFarlane Suede Wingcap Boots by Church’s
I debated including this offering by Church’s for the simple reason that they’re probably not much better than a pair of slippers in wet weather. However, I thought better of it as they just look the absolute bomb. The McFarlane Wingcap have a chunky treadsole, ankle tab pull and really cool wing cap detail. All things considered a great looking, high quality suede boot from Church’s.
The Damage: £350.00
4. Harrison Boots by Barkers
Great no nonsense classic boots from exceptional British shoemaker ‘Barkers‘. Similar to Grenson’s, Barkers have been around for donkeys years and the Harrison boot is a great example of the quality and simplicity thats surely been a key factor in the brands longevity. The Harrison comes with an oversized ankle pull, Goodyear storm welt and superb brogue detail.
The Damage: £250.00