Essential Men’s Boots Guide – Infographic

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Men’s leather boots are surprisingly complex. With a wide choice of styles, heels, toes, soles and functions, it can be a challenge to find the right pair.

Do you know your Chelsea from your chukka? Your monk from your brogue? Should you choose a Cuban or cowboy heel?

Find the answers to these mysteries and more in our easy-to-use men’s boots guide.

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5 top tips when buying (and wearing) Chelsea boots

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Chelsea boots: popularised by the Beatles in the 1960s, and in fashion ever since.

Chelsea boots make perfect partners for a wide range of formal and casual outfits, surely deserving a place at the heart of every well-dressed gent’s wardrobe.

Instantly recognisable by their ankle-high fit and the elasticated side panels, Chelsea boots were invented by Queen Victoria’s shoemaker, J. Sparkes-Hall, in the 1850s as a hassle-free alternative to the tall, laced riding boots of the day.

Originally called paddock boots or jodhpur boots, they were relaunched in the swinging ‘60s when the Beatles, started wearing them on the famous Chelsea scene. With the celebrity seal of approval, Chelsea boots soon became the footwear of choice for mods and rockers alike.

Here are our five top tips to bear in mind when buying Chelsea boots.
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Reviving the Suit for Everyday Wear

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Long live the suit

The modern lounge suit was once an everyday outfit for any activity. In the late 19th century, the suit was considered comfort wear and was worn only for informal occasions like a trip to the seaside, playing sports, or a day in the country.

Today, the suit is largely considered formal wear, and most men see it as an uncomfortable outfit that they don under duress. In truth, well made versions like these wool suits are comfortable and hardwearing. They’re also timeless, stylish, and suitable for all manner of events and activities.

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