Deals / Best Boots for Fall 2013

By Steve Woodfield

People are passionate about boots. Bring up boots, and lots of “shoulds” get thrown around. A certain type of boot should have this kind of sole. This sort of boot should only be worn in this type of situation. The thing is, boots should do what the wearer wants them to do. And whether they’re thick soled work boots, Gore-tex hikers for hitting a trail, or a pair of sharp brogues for going out to dinner in… they don’t have to look like hell just because they’re a boot. Proof is below for various types and categories:

Johnston & Murphy Tyndall Cap Toe – $185.00

Getting up there in price for a bonded import, but the styling is a home run from J&M. Maybe hang on for a sale. Gotta love the fact that while they do have a full wingtip version, they also made this option with just a cap-toe (half-brogue). Heads up: Nordstrom is selling these, so if you buy through them, they’ll ship and return free.

Thomas Dean Polished Chukkas – $144.90 w/ ALSEPT3 ($345)

The code ALSEPT3 takes 30% off orders of $200+ at STP, and luckily these are just barely north of that threshold at $207. Made in Italy, super smooth leather, and shape, and a crepe rubber out-sole. A warning: These seem to run small and/or narrow. Well reviewed over on Nordstrom’s site, but a couple customers pointed out the fit issues there.

J. Crew MacAlister in Suede – $148.00

Terrific color, made in Italy, and a stitched sole. Plenty of colors to pick from, but the grey is a fine match for denim. Hang out for a sale and you might get lucky. If you prefer the not as slim profile of the Clark’s Desert Boot, they’ve got em’ over on Amazon for $100.

Timberland Earthkeepers Side Zip – $170.00

Hard to find on sale, but if you’re patient, you might luck out with a site-wide Timberland code. They don’t run em’ all the time though. Ships and returns free through Nordstrom. Lightweight but grippy. Like driving an AWD sedan in a city that sometimes gets snow, but isn’t buried from October through March.

Mr. B’s for Aldo Montano in Rust Suede – $99.98 ($200)

The less-fortunate man’s option when it comes to suede boots in this shade. Mr. B’s does a bang up job for this sale price. Pretty sure they’re made in Europe and pretty sure they can be re-soled. Sorta like a plain version of the wingtip Cole Haan Jayhawker seen in the background over here.

Vasque Sundowner – $97.90 – $114.22 w/ EXTRADAY ($179.99)

Won’t let you down on the trail. A true hiker that still looks decent enough. Much more visually appealing compared to some of the clunky + chunky hiking boots out there. Gore-tex, padded collar, well known + reviewed for a reason.

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