There are several rules that you should follow when you’re looking for the right pair of men’s boots. First, they should fit properly. Your feet should fit snugly and comfortably without slipping or sliding around. Your ankles and feet should also be supported, and you should be able to slide one finger behind the heel without pressing against the ends. Next, you should avoid wearing them with slacks.
Black or brown
The debate between black and brown men’s boots reflects the conventions of men’s dress. While fashion is fickle and not scientific, the debate is a perfect excuse to exercise attitudes from the mid-20th century about dressing. A few rules apply when choosing a color and style:
Cuffed at the hem
One of the first things to know about cuffed men’s boots is that they should never have an open hem. Instead, they should break at the ankle. Black leather boots, for example, can make you look like Edward Scissorhands, a member of The Cure. To avoid this, keep your boots cuffed at the hem. But be careful. If you wear them with an open hem, the excess fabric at the ankle will be too much and will look sloppy.
For centuries, men have favored boots with a Cuban heel. These boots originated in the 9th century in Persia where horse riding warriors wore shoes with higher heels. Heel boots gave riders more stability when riding their horse and many horse riding boots today have a heeled feature that helps keep the feet in stirrups. They have been in and out of fashion for centuries, and each country has its own take on the style.
Men’s boots can be worn with a variety of outfits, but there are some general rules to follow when wearing them. The boots themselves should not be worn with slacks or formal trousers. They look best with jeans and chinos, which are 3/4″ above the ground. You also should avoid wearing them with black tie. You should never wear them with a tuxedo.
Only certain boots such as Clarks men’s boots can be worn with a suit. This kind of shoe has a sleek, simple design that complements a man’s wardrobe. It should have little tread or none at all. Also, avoid boots with heavy stitching or chunky details. In general, black boots look best with a suit. However, you should avoid men’s boots made of suede or leather.