5 Essential Mens Winter Shoe Styles

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When the weather starts to drop, we’re quick to arm ourselves with a wardrobe packed full of winter-ready threads. But it’s not just a slew of waterproof coats and cozy Henleys we need to consider: it’s time to address our footwear, too.

Here, we examine five shoe styles that will see you through the season on trend and on point.

1. Leather Desert Boots

It would be difficult to procure an outfit that wouldn’t benefit from the addition of a pair of desert boots. An iconic silhouette, versatile styling, and simple construction will make this boot your go-to choice for autumn/winter. Available in a plethora of finishes, colors and materials, there’s something for everybody (we prefer matte leather or burnished suede).

UGG® offers our favorite style complete with the iconic crepe sole and Lacoste plays it fashion-forward with the addition of leather patch logos.

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2. Hiking Boots

Don’t overlook the humble hiking boot as a viable footwear option for the season ahead. Whether you’re the outdoorsy type or not, sturdy hiking boots have established themselves as a cold-weather footwear essential over the past few years.

You need a pair that offers untold levels of comfort and ankle support (and maybe acid-proof outsoles while you’re at it). Dr. Martens, Sorel and Lacoste each offer durable and practical options that don’t compromise on style.

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3. Suede Loafers

Loafers have a keen ability to slip seamlessly between smart and casual, and that’s what makes them such a wintertime lifesaver. From dinner dates at a local restaurant to quiet nights near the fireplace, a slim suede loafer settles somewhere in that happy medium of what’s appropriate dress.

Search for a style with raised tread or plush lining for all-day comfort. Key brands that offer a killer line of loafers include UGG®, Tsubo, and Lacoste.

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4. Sheepskin Boots

No longer just for throw-on-and-go days, the sheepskin boot has been reinvented as a street style force to be reckoned with. When it comes to colors, timeless chestnut, chocolate brown and black will never go out of style. Or, for those who want to stand out, consider distressed finishes or warm hues like navy or grey — any of which will add a contemporary edge to this casual and laid-back silhouette.

As this is an UGG® classic, it will come as no surprise that the brand produces the best sheepskin boots on the market.

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5. Insulated Snow Boots

Let’s get practical. Your feet get cold in the winter. Insulation exists to prevent that. From felt inner boots to Thinsulate™ technology, there are a variety of inventions to keep your tootsies from getting frostbite. So when it comes to picking your choice snow boot, details to look out for include snow-ready rubber mudguards, seam-sealed construction, and temperature ratings.

Better yet, there’s a pair of snow boots out there to suit every budget. Look to Sorel and UGG® if you want a pair with enduring appeal and quality.

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