How To Wear Boots 102 – Beyond The Basic Boot Styles

Welcome back to the Gentleman’s Gazette! In today’s video, we discuss how to wear boots
102 or boot styles beyond the basics. If you are new to boots, please check out
our other video about the 5 basic boot styles first. Once you have your basic boots covered, it’s
time for some advanced styles. First, let’s talk about Button boots. It’s this beautiful boot with two-tone and
buttons. So who are they for? They’re for men who like elegant formal outfits;
dark suits like charcoal, maybe a stroller suit, or a morning coat. They’re definitely a statement piece because
they’re contrasting like a spectator and so they stand out from the crowd. It’s also a great option for you if you simply
don’t want a boot that anybody else has because there’s a very small number of people who
actually have them. It’s also great for people who love vintage
clothing because it can give you that vintage look. To learn how to button these boots, please
check out our in-depth guide here. So what colors should you get them in for? Well, traditionally, you have a black box
calf leather at the bottom upper and then a contrasting white or off-white suede top. Today, you can also find them with fabric
inserts such as tweed. Maybe in some contrasting leather, you have
brown, or you can have red with black. Basically, the sky is the limit. So who is this boot not for? Obviously for people who are just starting
out with boots but that goes without saying. It’s also not a boot for you if you’re not
into formal clothing unless of course, you go with tweed and something in brown but that’s
very unusual and only available made to order. It’s also not a terribly modern look so if
you want to be cutting edge, this is not the boot for you. The next boot style is the opposite, it’s
the so-called work boot. As you can see, it’s dirty, it has scuffs,
because it’s used to work outside and so there are signs of wear. Work boots are perfect if you are in the construction
business, if you work outside a lot, if you’re very physical, or if you love your yard and
your garden and you just need something that withstands the elements. They’re also good for electricians and sometimes
they come with steel toe caps so your feet are protected. In recent years, these boots have become very
popular with hipsters who wear high-end expensive denim jeans and flannel shirts. If they have a tattoo, a beard, and a disconnected
undercut. The most well known popular brand is definitely
Red Wing who recognized this trend and so besides the regular work line, it created
a heritage line. Even though it emphasizes the craftsmanship
of the boots, it’s clearly a more fashion-driven brand. Outside the US, these kinds of work boot styles
for city men are popular in Japan & Germany, and many other countries. They also come with a surprise, these boots
here are from Thorogood. It’s another US made brand and it’s very good. I’ve been using those for years and I can
vouch for the quality.As you can imagine, I only wear them when I actually work outside. Other brands you can look into include Eastland,
Wolverine, and Danner. For work purposes, a vibram sole is great
because it’s rubber, it gives you extra grip but you can also find them with different
kinds of leather soles or rubber soles. What color should you go for? Traditionally, this is a kind of mid brown. If you want something different, you can go
with dark brown, something in burgundy or even sand. Since it has that outdoor work heritage, black
can simply be too formal. So who’s this boot not for? If you wear a lot of suits and you like formal
outfits, this is not the boot for you. Ideally, this pairs well with denim, not even
well with khakis, so if you’re not into denim, don’t buy this boot. Another variation to the classic work boot
is the so-called moc toe boot. It’s inspired by the moccasin and although
the construction is not a true moccasin, it has a similar look. So who’s it for? It’s for men who like the traditional look
of the work boot but they don’t need the performance aspect, it’s simply for the looks. The moc toe will usually have a white rubber
sole and they’re perfectly fine to wear for a start-up office or a casual office environment. So what colors should you get moc toes in? I personally think mid brown or even better,
burgundy because it goes well with colors, not just blue but other shades. One of my personal favorite boot styles is
the brogue boots or the wingtip boots. This style comes in lots of different versions
and I just like it because it goes so well with fall/winter outfits and it has a typical
full brogue look and as a boot, it’s just slightly warmer and I even prefer it to a
regular shoe. Obviously, we have a very thick sole like
this one or you can go with something thinner. This is more elegant. So who are these boots for? Men who love flannel suits, or tweed, or any
other kind of winter fabric. They pair supremely well and always looks
stylish. They also look great with denim, corduroy,
chinos, or any other kind of casual pant. Honestly, I can’t think of a man who can’t
wear this boot. Obviously, if you’re into brogues, this is
the boot for you. if you get them with a thick leather sole,
they can even do double duty as a hiking boot. So what colors should you get them in? Personally, I like tan a lot because it’s
contrasting so if you have a black, dark brown, brown, or navy blue pair of corduroys, jeans,
or chinos, it really stands out. Maximum versatility though, I think you should
go with a cordovan oxblood color. This here is a cordovan boot and it goes with
a lot of outfits, it’s not as flashy but I used some shoelaces to get a different look. Obviously, I did the same thing with this
boot. The great thing about having different boot
laces is that you can achieve a different look simply by exchanging a very inexpensive
pair of boot laces. For a selection of more than 15 colors of
boot laces, please click here. So who’s this boot not for? Honestly, almost any man can wear it but it’s
not for you if you like clean, simplistic lines and a minimalist design. Then, you should rather go with Chelsea boots
or the Jodhpur boots. The final advanced boot style really depends
on what kind of climate you live in. if you live in a dry climate, I suggest you
get a suede boot. Simply because it has a wonderful texture,
it’s very different from regular box calf or cordovan boots and it is casual and it
oftentimes come in different colors, they’re not super classic but still very, very good
to combine in a classic inspired men’s wardrobe. if you live in a colder rainy climate, you
should probably invest in a pair of dak boots. In the early 20th century, Leon Leonwood Bean
came back from a hunting trip and had wet feet so he decided to do something about that. He went to a local cobbler and had a regular
boot combined with a rubber boot. It turned out, it was a fantastic idea and
in the 1912, he acquired a mailing list. The ad read “You cannot expect success hunting
deer or moose if your feet are not properly dressed. The Maine hunting shoe is designed by a hunter
who has tramped the Maine woods for the last 18 years. We guarantee them to give the perfect satisfaction
in every way.” Now obviously, this kind of marketing wouldn’t
quite fly today but back then it really worked and people bought the boot, loved it, and
that’s why L.L Bean is still around today. So why are they called Dak boots? Well, hunters in the marshy waters of Maine,
Massachusetts hunted for ducks and so this hunting boot eventually became the Dak boot. Today, it’s worn by people who hunt anything
not just ducks. It’s also for people who just want warm feet
when it’s cold outside or when it’s raining. It certainly has a very unique aesthetic and
personally, I’m not a huge fan of it but they’re very functional and definitely a classic. Who are the boots for? They’re good for men in wet or cold conditions. There are lots of companies producing these
kinds of boots, one of them that has a pretty high-quality comes from Bozeman, Montana and
they’re called Schnee’s. Ironically, Schnee’s the word for snow in
German. They promise to make boots that go even to
-4 degrees Fahrenheit. So what color should you get? Primarily, the color doesn’t matter but most
of them come in a shade of brown. So who’s this boot not for? Basically, for all people who don’t need a
functionality because hands down, it’s an ugly boot. Side zippers on boots may seem like a good
idea because they’re convenient but I would stay clear of them because usually, they wear
out prematurely and exchanging zippers on a high-quality boot is a difficult thing and
it never looks good. Stick to regular, traditional boots that are
lace up. It may take you a few seconds longer to get
in but you can keep those for years to come. Of course, there are a lot more different
boot styles, but these are my personal five favorite advanced boot styles and I don’t
wear cowboy boots, otherwise, I would have mentioned them but honestly, that should warrant
an entire video on its own. If you enjoyed this video, please check out
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  • My wife keeps asking me how many pairs of shoes do I need. I answer "all of them". She doesn't like that. 🙂 I wish she would just understand.

  • Can you make a video on waxed jackets?!

  • Dopeeeee

  • Not to be picky but -4 Fahrenheit is not equal to -4 Celcius. -40C≃-40F

  • Puttin on the Ritz

  • what do you think of timberlands an dr martens as workboots?

  • Hey,which films you recommend as a gentleman,except The Godfather ?

  • What do you think about Acne Studios denim?

  • Well put together video as always Mr. Schneider. I would like to see some more information about the traveling wardrobe. Sometimes on business trips I struggle to diversify my outfits with a limited number of shoes/belts/room in the suitcase. I've just started getting into the realm of shoelace changes (thanks to your video and article), but would like to see any more tips/tricks you may have for someone on the go regularly.

  • great video lots of info?

  • Can you please do a video about how to tell a leather product is of high quality,shoes, belt and other accessories. Also what's the difference between genuine vs full grain leather, tanning processes etc. Thank you.

  • this is not a reupload. This the "102". The previously uploaded video about how to wear boots was the "101"

  • Western boots are very comfortable and stylish. I hope that you would do a video on them as well. Since this type of footwear is not in your wardrobe, it may be nice to collaborate with someone for that video for potentially contrasting views. Thank you for this video, it was informative.

  • Boots work in summer?

  • what brand is the tan wingtip from?

  • The title music is mixed way too hot relative to the dialogue. This has been the case for the last several videos. Fine on a phone or laptop but on real speakers it's deafening.

  • I got a pair of Red Wing Work Chukkas last year and they are phenomenal!

  • Hey Sven… Excellent video as always…Is it possible get a product number for the shoes at 2:43?. I cant on the website! Thanks!

  • I just recently bought a brown pair of the Captain boots from Thursday Boots ( Even though i love wearing these boots with a pair of dark washed denim, I was wondering if you think that you could wear these boots with some chinos, because they are kind of a mix between casual work boots and more formal boots? And if so, which colors of chino pants would you recommend to wear with these boots?
    Thank you!

  • timberland is the most know work boot

  • What about combat boots ? 🙂

  • Can the work boot also be a good stylish hiking boot?

  • am i the only one that notices his background is moving?

  • You're style is very different to my own, but your videos are executed perfectly and your presentation style is on point, so I'm subscribing.

  • Great video. Would you mind sharing the brand names of some of the brogue boots shown in the video.

  • You should review Golden Fox boots!

  • NObody's wearing button boots there Beau Brummel. it's 2017 not

  • How do you feel about the brand Cobbler Union?

  • this dude is a wealth of information. good stuff.

  • I love how you became more relaxed and confident in front of the camera. It suits well to how professional this channel is.

  • What about western boots they're quite popular where I'm from

  • Love that you mentioned Thorogood boots!!!

  • favorite boots are slp mmm luchasse and viberg . John lobb has probadly some of the best quality but i have never owned a pair before

  • Frankly speaking.. This channel deserves more subscribers n views..!

  • "Because hands down, it's an ugly boot"

  • One of the most horrific thing I see usually, is boots that are laced VERY lose. You are suppose to tighten the boot with the laces! Just insanely stupid.

  • dont know but this guy looks like he trybto hard to lool elegant

  • I'd love to see you do a video on cowboy boots! I love how versatile the traditional cowboy boot is! In fact there are some that can be worn with suits.

  • Yeah! I want to see video on cowboy boots. Go visit boot companies in the USA and there is one in Canada too. Lucchese and Boudin I think. And while you are at it, English riding boots. You would look good in one of those English suits with the fuzzy helmet sitting atop a horse with an English saddle. Totally posh.

  • Red Wing Master Race

  • What brand were those tan brogue boots??

  • Leather soled brogues for hiking?! Uh huh?! Hiking the hallways of opera houses? ?

  • Seeing a video on Western footwear would be awesome! If you included the long lasting Alberta Boot Company in it to would be the icing on the cake!

  • I'm a bit confused are any of these suitable for walking through snow. Is it possible to have durability and elegance? I refuse to wear duck boots..

  • I'thought they're called duck boots because they look like ducks feet. Or maybe they were given the webbed look because they were called duck boots? A bit of a chicken and egg scenario maybe..

  • Let’s make spats great again!!

  • Where did you get the tan wingtips boots?

  • Don't forget ankle boots made for classical riding from brands such as Ariat etc. Can be worn with matching leather gaiters for riding, of course, but look great on their own with many other combinations of clothes. Limited colours, but some great styles.

  • Great video I know it’s old but I would like to address some things. 1st. There are many many many styles and colours of work boots. They don’t just work with denim they work with a lot of combinations. 2nd the moc toe. I’ve been a laborer for over 13 years, I’ve work many moc toes that have been able to hold up great to the construction trades. Just kinda bothered me when you said they weren’t for the functionality

  • Please review the 6 inch timberland boot/shoes

  • I'm looking for dark brown brogues for sort of casual outfits, does anyone have tips what to look for

  • Wolverine work boots all the way!

  • This channel is awesome! I wish there was something like this for women, as I am starting to look like a boy.

  • Hiking with flat leather souls? Yeah, I'm alright, mate.

    1. Put some socks on
    2. Put the boots on


  • Sven, sometimes I do not understand you. On the one hand you strongly argue against using a tie-keeper already provided on the garment to keep the two ends of the tie from going higgledy-piggledy, even if it is only the manufacturer's label, and here you are arguing with equal fervor for a style of boot which requires a special tool to fasten the buttons – which no one ordinarily keep in their pockets.

  • 8:40] Uh oh! I don't know about Schnee's, though I've been to Bozeman, but the Fahrenheit and Celsius scales meet at -40º – in either scale.

  • Doc Martens 1460 boots as formal/dress boots, opinions?

  • Until month you can use balmoral boots? In winter i love balmoral boots, and with what to replace on summer?

  • Imagining Sven working in boots is as hard to believe as imagining me wearing an ascot..

  • I love this guy!

  • i dont breath when i eat cereal

  • wear and show!

  • Love this guy

  • omg you have the most nice color and model <3 boots

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