3 Best Types of Boots for Men | Work Boots, Chukkas and Chelsea Boots

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What's up, guys?
My name is Brock. You're watching TheModestMan and today, we're talking about
the three best types of boots for men. [music] Huge thanks to today's video sponsor and a longtime friend of The Modest Man, Thursday Boot Company. What do I say about Thursday Boots? I mean, you know I love them.
You see me wearing these boots a lot. My outfit posts and in other videos. I've worn more expensive boots. I've worn Alden boots.
They cost two or three times as much as these. And honestly, I think these are more comfortable. So, if you're just looking for not only stylish boots but a lot of value,
a lot of bang for your buck, you want Goodyear welt construction, I can't recommend Thursday Boots highly enough, so if you haven't checked them out yet, definitely check that link down in the description. Alright. If you're building up your boot collection
or maybe you're buying your first pair of boot, you might be wondering, "Which type of boots should I buy?" And it's a good question.

There are a lot of different types of boots from Chukkas to Chelseas, different colors, different materials, and it can be a little overwhelming trying to figure out what is the best pair for you. Now, obviously, it depends a little bit on the person. A business professional is gonna have slightly different requirements than a college student, but I do think that these three types of boots are great choices,
very versatile choices for almost any guy any age, any situation. So if I were starting from scratch, these are the three types of boots
that I would buy first in no particular order.

Okay. Number 1, we have the dress work boot. This is a great first boot for pretty much anybody. Now, I say dress work boot, because while this is styled
after a traditional work boot, it's not necessarily meant to be used for manual labor. And don't get me wrong, these boots can take a beating, but you're probably not gonna wear these to the construction site. You're probably gonna use them to create handsome outfits
that kind of have a rugged masculine aesthetic. In fact, if I could think of one word to describe these boots,
it would be "handsome". Personally, I think that this dark brown color
is a very versatile choice. It's probably a great first choice. If you could only own one pair of boots,
I think this dark brown color would make a lot of sense. But if you wear a lot of black and gray and monochromatic colors, black might make more sense for you. So, dress work boots like this pair from Thursday Boot Company,
they look great with jeans, they look great with chinos.
You can even wear them with trousers if you do it correctly.

I probably wouldn't wear these with like really fine wool trousers, but you could definitely wear them with thicker materials
like flannel or tweed, corduroy, stuff like that. In fact, the only time I wouldn't wear these is with shorts, obviously, 'cause really, no boots look appropriate with shorts and I probably wouldn't wear these with a suit. Yeah. These are a great pair of boots. I mean, if I could only own one,
if I could just pick one, I'd probably pick these. Okay. Next up, we have the Chukka boots. Chukka boots are typically ankle high boots. They have open lacing and usually two or three pairs of islets. Chukka and desert boots are kind of
used interchangeably these days, but really, desert boots are a specific type of Chukka boot. Desert boots were originally created for British soldiers to wear in Northern Africa during World War Two II. Now, desert boots, specifically as opposed to just any Chukka boot, have an unstructured upper. So it's a soft upper, they have crepe soles
and they are generally made from suede. Now, because of the soft upper, and the crepe sole,
the desert boot is a casual Chukka.

So there are Chukka boots that are much more formal than, for example, these desert boots, which are the J.Crew MacAlisters. These days, the term Chukka boots is usually just used to describe any ankle high boots so that's how I'm gonna use it. Now, obviously, if you have a structured upper versus a soft upper,
it's gonna be a little more formal. So these are slightly more formal than the dress work boot. You can definitely wear these in business casual settings.

But like the work boot, they work really well with jeans,
chinos, and even trousers. Now, of course, the level of formality kind of
depends on the materials, so dark brown leather or black leather is gonna be
more formal than like a colorful suede. But honestly, I think Chukka boots are a great choice for anybody. They're extremely versatile, you're gonna get a lot of wear out of them. Again, if you could only have one pair, I'd probably go for like dark brown leather or black leather, depending on your color palette. Now, if you do go with suede,
I recommend looking for water-resistant suede.

Thursday Boot Company uses water resistant suede 'cause– you know, suede can get damaged by water.
It can even be ruined if it gets soaked over and over. I've worn both of these pairs actually in the rain and they absolutely hold up.
You can see, they still look great. So I think that's pretty important,
especially if you live in an area that gets a lot of rain.

Okay. And then, last up, we have the Chelsea boot. These around– Chelsea boots are super cool
and they're definitely trending right now, but honestly, they've been around for a long time
and I don't think they're going anywhere. According to Wikipedia, Chelsea boots are close-fitting ankle-high boots
with an elastic side panel and they date back to the Victorian era
when they were worn by men and women and they still are kind of a unisex style, although you'll typically see women's Chelsea boots with a thicker, taller heel. So yeah, they're trendy, but they're also classic. Now, of these three, Chelsea boots are the most formal.

And of course, it depends a little bit on the color and the material but you can definitely wear these even with a suit. If you have like a black leather Chelsea boot, you can definitely wear that with a suit. And they're just a little more formal than the
dress work boot and the Chukka boot. So if you're a working professional in a formal business environment or if you just live in a more fashion-forward city like New York city, the Chelsea boot actually could be a good first choice for you. If you can only have one pair of boots, the Chelsea boots could be it.

Now, I really liked this light brown suede Chelsea boot. I think they look awesome with a lot of different types of pants, especially light wash and medium wash jeans. You can also wear them with dark washed jeans or black jeans. If these were my first pair of boots, I'd probably go with black leather
or dark brown leather, but since I already have a couple of other pairs,
I went with this light tan suede just to change things up a little bit
and give myself some more options. Speaking of options, since these three types of boots can pretty much be used interchangeably for the most part, I like to mix up the colors and materials. For example, if you only wear black
and you just want all black footwear, it would make sense to have a black pair of work boots, a black pair of Chelsea boots and maybe black suede Chukka boots.

For me, since I don't wear a lot of black, I like to wear different colors. I like to vary up my boot collection
with different colors and materials. So for example, I think this is a pretty well-rounded boot collection. We've got dark brown leather work boots,
kind of a tan suede Chelsea boots, light gray suede desert boots,
and then this midnight blue suede Chukka. But you know, this is just my collection.
I mean, you could also go with like a black leather work boot, a dark brown leather Chelsea, and like a tan suede Chukka boot. But no matter what colors or materials you go with, I do think that these three styles
are the best styles to choose from, especially when you're first just building your boot collection. if you could only buy one pair, I think any of these would be fine.
My personal choice would be the dress work boot. If you could buy three pairs, honestly, I would start
with these three types of boots. But I would love to hear from you. Which boots do you prefer?
How many pairs do you have? Do you like the work boots? The Chelsea boots?
The Chukka boots? Let me know down in the comments and big thanks one more time to Thursday Boot Company
for the continued support.

Definitely check this brand out and
guys, until next time. Stay stylish. [music].

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