* Work-tested boots to wear with anything
* Rugged boots that also work for the office
* Look for muted earth-tones for maximum versatility
Boots have found their way into every stylish man’s wardrobe — construction worker or not. As a result, brands have been designing and producing boots with rugged styles that can be worn with everything.
A great pair can keep your feet warm and protected, and elevate a basic outfit. We’ve pulled these seven styles that reflect modern boot-making at its finest, and can be as stylish on the street as they are useful on the work site.
1. Clarks Originals Desert Boot
Created in Cairo in 1949, the Clarks Desert Boot provides the timelessly cool chukka look – even after they’ve been beaten up a little. They’re available now in more than a dozen colors, but we like this original “Sand Suede” shade that’s easy to wear — and pair.
2. Timberland Eagle Lace-Up Boot
The Timberland Eagle does a remarkable job of incorporating sporty athleisure style into a capable work boot. They provide comfort close to a sneaker, and the durability of a real boot.
3. Timberland Earthkeepers Lace-Up Boot
The Earthkeeper boot from Timberland is created with hardcore hiking and work in mind, featuring breathable lining, a super-sticky sole, and full-grain leather. However, they also have that classic outdoorsman look that’s made its way into the fashion world.
4. Dr. Martens 101 Boot
Dr. Martens have seen a huge resurgence lately because they somehow straddle dressy and rugged, providing a unique boot that can be worn in many situations. Though they were popular about the British rocker set, they work these days on almost anyone, no matter what musical genre or style set you subscribe to.
5. Cole Haan Grand Chukka
Cole Haan’s take on the classic chukka boot is a little different than most, featuring a cushioned synthetic sole for improved comfort, and a smooth leather upper. They’re great if you’re on your feet often, but still want that boot look.
6. Chippewa Service Utility Boot
These original Chippewa boots provide timeless work boot style that’s matched by time-tested grip and durability, should you need it. Grab a pair of your favorite jeans, a plain white tee and these boots for that classic All-American look.
7. Red Wing Moc Toe Boot
These Red Wings are quintessential American boots. They’ll last years (no matter how hard you work them) and will always look great. The moccasin style upper calls to mind casual comfort, while the durable and sturdy sole keep you upright and strong.