You Need Boots for Fall, but You Don't Need to Spend a Lot

Best men's leather boots for fall

You Need Boots for Fall, but You Don't Need to Spend a Lot

A dozen of the season's best boots, all under $200

Just because summer is over doesn’t mean you're going to give up your sneakers. But if ever there was a time to lace up a pair of boots, it's autumn. But here's the thing about boots: they need to be tough—you can't baby them because they actually look better with a few battle scars. Which is why you want to invest in a well-made pair that can take the shit getting kicked out of them. But you don't need to go broke buying a pair either. While there's no shortage of investment-level boots on the market, there are also a handful of reasonably priced options from respectable brands. Better yet, they're available in a range of styles and colors to suit your tastes.

One thing they all have in common? They all deftly toe the line between bulky work boots and fancy dress versions. Simply styled with a substantial sole and crafted with quality leather and suede, these boots are handsome, rugged and decidedly modern. They pair nicely with your tailored suit pants or cuffed wool trousers but, of course, were made for beat-up denim or worn-in chinos. So find yourself a pair, wear the hell out of them and don't feel the need to take them off anytime soon.


The Best
Leather Boots of 2019

Shoe the Bear Heard Suede Boot

Heard suede boot,
$190 by Shoe the Bear

This British brand offers updates on classics, like this lug-soled suede boot, handcrafted in Portugal.

Fleetwood lug sole boot,
$169 by Herring

Thursday Boot Co. Captain Vintage Leather Boot

Captain vintage leather boot,
$199 by Thursday Boot Co.

Astorflex Bootflex

$195 by Astorflex

Banana Republic Arley Work Boot

Arley work boot,
$178 by Banana Republic

Sorel Maison Waterproof Boot

Maison waterproof boot,
$190 by Sorel

J.Crew MacAlister Suede Moc-Toe

MacAlister suede moc-toe,
$168 by J.Crew

A more modern take on a standard chukka, these all-black boots are equipped with a sturdy Vibram sole.

Vibram sole classic boot,
$195 by Wild Bunch

Dunham Jake Waterproof Boot

Jake waterproof boot,
$160 by Dunham

Reiss Harold Hikers

Harold hikers,
$425 / $190 by Reiss

Solovair Monkey Boot

Monkey boot,
$199.30 by Solovair

As comfortable as a pair of sneakers, but engineered for inclement weather.

Port Union waterproof boot,
$185 by Timberland


For the non-waterproof boots, here's how to protect the leather and stay dry and stain-free during the brutal season ahead.

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