The Rotation: Fall Boots

Fall is coming. We are a mere three weeks away from college football. A mere four weeks away from NFL football. A mere six weeks away from the Autumnal Equinox. Time to get your mind right and your feet set. It’s almost time to break out the boots. Here’s what I’m planning on slip my feet into this fall…

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Oak Street Bootmakers – Color 8 Trench Boot with Dainite Sole: These will take a beating this fall.

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Clarks Desert Boots in Olive Suede: Nothing wrong with a good ole fashioned pair of desert boots.

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Dan Post Mignon Leather Cowboy Boots: I was born in Texas, raised in Tennessee… Of course I wear cowboy boots.

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Justin Classic Roper Boots: I was born in Texas, raised in Tennessee… Of course I wear roper boots.

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Blundstone Original 500 Boots: For when the weather ain’t cooperating.

What’s your rotation looking like?

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Made in America: Affordable Boots

Affordability is obviously a term that is relative.  But for this post’s sake, we’ll say affordable = under $200.  Most of the time, quality that is usually associated with “Made in the US” is sacrificed for affordability.  Fortunately, there are a few American brands offering very affordable, well made boots that will last.  And they’re really not hard to find.  One of the best deals on a moc toe boot out there comes from Thorogood.  Made in Wisconsin, this oil tanned leather boot is Goodyear welted and features a Vibram Christy wedge sole.  The Thorogood Moc Toe clocks in around $150.

A nice plain toe option comes from Chippewa.  Currently, J. Crew is selling a handsome pair as one of their collaborations.  Also made in Wisconsin, these boys are Goodyear welted and have a Vibram oil-resistant sole (no slipping).  They are a cheaper, but still nice alternative to the Wolverine 1000 Mile Boot (and others like it).  These will cost you around $200.

Lastly, a great pair of wet weather boots from here in the States is a no-brainer: the Bean Boot.  These have easily been the boot of choice for the blogosphere over the past few years and the boot of choice for outdoorsmen for the last century.  Sewn together in Maine, these boots are made with full grain leather, have a steel shank for support, and chain-treads on the sole for traction.  Been Boots start at $85, so get a pair in each color.

Any of these boots should be perfect for your feet and wallet…

Roper Boots

If there is one pair of boots that are tied with Bean Boots as my favorite set of shit-kickers, it’s gotta be Roper Boots.  I got my first pair as a young child of five.  My latest pair was purchased back in 2005.  I’d say Roper Boots probably get a lot more wear down here in the South than something like Red Wing Irish Setters, or some other form of work boot.  Not to say it’s better or anything, I think it’s just a preferred style down here.  I, for one, am in that camp.  I love my Justin’s… and the great thing about Roper Boots is the harder you are on them and the worse you treat them, the better they look.  With the release of Orvis’ US Patent Collection, I’d like to look into their Double H roper boot… but it’d be hard to say goodbye to my current pair.

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The new Frye’s from the US Patent Line

Double H’s from the US Patent line

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You really can’t go wrong with a pair of ropers… they’re perfect.

Desert Boot Face-Off

After my post yesterday about the CRH “desert boot,” it got me thinking.  What’s better: the original or someone else’s take on that original?  I think it all comes down to a matter of personal preference.  Three of the options that I’ve had in my mind are those CRH’s, Clark’s, and J. Crew’s MacAlister Boot.  All of them have their merits.  Cole Haan’s offering is, no doubt, extremely well-made.  It’s made of vegetable tanned English reverse Kudu on upper, sock and sole.  The Clark’s Desert Boot is the original.  Suede uppers, plantation crepe sole… all-around comfort.  J. Crew’s MacAlister boot is a very good substitute (or imitation) of the Clark’s boot made with Italian suede.  All of them look great.  With Clark’s being the cheapest price point, and the CRH Jack being the most expensive, I guess it is all about personal preference.

It all comes down with what you like… but you can be sure your feet will look perfect while rocking any of these.

Cole, Rood & Haan x ACL = Jack

Ok, I’m turning to the blogging world once again for advice.  A little background first… I really want some desert boots.  They are classic, and very “in” right now, but I still don’t own a pair.  I’ve considered getting Clarks (and why not because they’re they original).  But I’m thinking of going all out on that pair of CRH’s by ACL (acronym-ing to the extreme).  I guess these aren’t like normal desert boots, because they do not have a full crepe sole.  Does that take away from them?  Or add to it?  What say you?


Perfect?  Or am I going overboard with this?