When it's cold out, a slim, sleek shoe just won't do. It's get to get heavy duty and bring out the boots.
It's easy to overlook boots. After all, they're usually seen as weekend wear or something you'd avoid from your office shoe rotation. We're here to dispel that notion. The right boot at the right time will suit any outfit, pun intended. Here's three boots to get you through a downpour or a board meeting.
The Chelsea boot is undergoing a renaissance but, because it's mens clothing, it's taking a while. Get a head start on your mates by getting your hands on a pair now. Chelsea boots, like this Grenson pair (£195), are perfectly suited to the office. Team with a white shirt and navy or grey trousers for full effect. If the trousers are long enough then it shouldn't even be noticeable that you're wearing boots until you stand up, so you won't get weird looks if you're boss is ultra-conservative.
grenson.co.uk - £195
Downpour scheduled? Time to bring out the heavy duty boots that'll be able to deal with a bit of mud. These Oliver Spencer boots (Mr Porter, £290) are hefty enough for the job. And as we all know, brogues were originally designed to be worn through sludge and mud, something these boots will do with aplomb. Wear with a pair of straight black jeans and a cream sweater to finish off the look.
mrporter.com - £290
Edwards of Manchester
Despite being overworn in some quarters, a good quality chukka boot is still a wardrobe essential. A suede pair should be in your possession already, so plump for a grained leather version instead, like these Crockett & Jones boots (Edwards of Manchester, £340). While it's more expensive than others, it comes up trumps because the dainite sole ensure that it'll be able to deal with downpours while being office ready.
edwardsofmanchester.co.uk - £340