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What Are The Most Comfortable Dress Boots For Men?
Reminiscent of classic Red Wings, Ross & Snow’s Riccardo is a cut above any winter boot that we’ve tried. They’re effortlessly stylish but feature sturdy construction and supple rustic-style leather.
The Italian calfskin leather uppers are lined with organically raised and ethically-sourced shearling wool. As a result, they’re unbelievably warm and it’s sometimes tempting to leave them on around the house.
Furthermore, the footbed is removable and you’ll have the choice between a shearling or a cushioned ergonomic insert for additional support. While the regular insert is nice, we can’t help but always wear it with shearling.
They’re admittedly pricey, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more comfortable and stylish boot. Although other options on this list do a fine job, we do think that they’re outperformed by the Riccardo.
Proprietary-material outsoles with dual-density technology. Heat-activated arch support in the midsole. Soft, breathable buckskin lining on the inside. These three elemental components, along with Italian suede and A-grade leather uppers, are what make Amberjack’s The Chelsea not just some of the most comfortable Chelsea boots we’ve come across, but incredibly comfortable boots, period.
The contemporary design along with unique color options are what takes The Chelsea over the top. There’s no question you’ll find a style from Amberjack that will match your tastes and, after getting them on your feet, you’ll likely come back for more.
Goodyear-welted custom full-grain leather boots that you can design yourself for less than $400? Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? When Jawad Malik founded Idrese, his objective was to provide people with the opportunity to do just that.
You can create your own boots using Idrese’s online 3D designer. The boots are then crafted to your custom specs in Almansa, Spain. Traditional brogue boots are a tad more expensive at $375. However, Jodhpur, Chelsea, and Chukka boots start at $335.
Idrese’s comfort resides primarily in its vast range of widths and sizes. Rather than having to settle for something that just about fits but may feel snug, Idrese caters to every foot size and shape.
Another classic Blucher boot, the Allen Edmonds Sullivan Street is a specimen of traditional footwear like the Wolverines above. A Goodyear welt ensures longevity whilst the Dainite rubber soles provide traction and shock absorption.
With a combination of smooth and pebbled calfskin leather, these boots can be worn across a spectrum of dress codes. Furthermore, the balmoral cap toe offer an extra degree of formality so you can either choose to wear these with plain jeans or a three-piece business suit.
Although we tend to have a preference for brown leather boots, the black feels more effective in this scenario. Thanks to the features detailed above, they’re rendered more formal and usable for both business casual and professional wear.
Stylish and versatile, the Beckett Simonon Douglas Jodhpur is an original option. What we appreciate about its dressiness is that the ornamention can just be slightly seen under a trouser leg, which results in a streamlined and sleek look.
The Jodhpur boot is spacious but offers just the right level of support. It fits well without being too tight and if you get a half-size above, you’ll easily be able to slip in a few inserts if needed. Furthermore, Beckett Simonon offers foam inserts with all of its orders.
With its fleecy genuine shearling lining, these boots are perfect for those colder months and feel like slippers. Furthermore, the storm welt (similar to the Goodyear) offers extra water resistance without sacrificing the ability to replace the soles. You also have a crepe rubber sole for improved traction.
Perfect for those colder months, we’d wear these casually when out and about under the rain. However, they’re also a very tempting option to throw on for your daily commute during winter. In fact, they do actually look rather stylish with business casual or professional attire.
Made from burnished brown Italian calfskin, they’re a significantly cheaper alternative to the Riccardo above. While they won’t be quite as robust or refined, they’re an excellent budget-friendly choice.
From Johnston & Murphy, these Chukkas feature a more artisanal style. With a crepe rubber sole, you can enjoy extra traction and their traditional construction makes them very comfortable even during long periods of time.
These are particularly casual and feel great with jeans and a hoodie during the milder months. However, we’ve been known to sport them with a suit and feel that they’re right at home with more relaxed businesswear styles.
We have a preference for the brown leather as it’s dark enough to be worn across a variety of dress codes. However, we’d also consider them in black should our regular needs be more formal.
Taft is renowned for its rebellious and unorthodox shoe designs. Indeed, it has become a hit among adventurous men who seek to push the boundaries of the businesswear dress code. We love the way the Branson boot marries textile and leather in a unique yet traditional way.
In fact, the quarters are somewhat reminiscent of early 20th century spats, which evokes a somewhat vintage vibe. While perhaps not suitable for more conservative workplaces, it’s a great option if you want to explore a more elaborate wardrobe.
If you’re in dire need of extra comfort, consider these Chukka boots by Vionic. Whilst they’re orthotic shoes, you can barely tell – if at all – that they feature extra comfort for foot disorders. There’s also a podiatrist-designed EVA footbed for extra comfort, which can be removed if you want to replace them.
Although a world apart from the Forrester Chukkas in terms of construction, they’re stylistically very similar. You could happily wear these as casual footwear but even consider pairing them with more formal attire for the office.
Both black or tan options are made from water-resistant suede. We’d opt for the tan as it seems more in line with the formality of both the type of leather and boot design.
Are Dress Boots Always Comfortable?
Although dress shoes are renowned for being uncomfortable, dress boots don’t quite have the same reputation. As a type of footwear steeped in rich traditions of work-wear and utilitarian use, they’re often considered to be practical and cosy.
However, that isn’t the case for a lot of boots. In fact, anyone with experience in manual work or the military will likely tell you that boots can be a nightmare.
Nevertheless, they do have some advantages that regular dress shoes don’t. Firstly, the boot shape provides extra ankle support, which takes pressure of your joints when standing or walking.
Furthermore, they tend to be designed with larger and thicker soles, which provides both stability and shock absorption. That said, this is often needed because boots tend to be much heavier than regular shoes.
In this section, we’ll talk about certain characteristics and features that will improve comfort for formal boots.
Ensuring The Right Fit
As we’ve pointed out in all our comfort-oriented guides, the most important thing to do is make sure that your boots fit! One of the leading causes of foot pain is ill-fitting shoes or boots.
If they’re too large, the feet are loose and will instinctively work to stay in place, which puts strain on them. Meanwhile, boots that are too small will pinch and chafe causing things like bunions.
If you want to learn more about this, read about how shoes should fit. Although not written specifically for boots, you can apply the same logic. However, you’ll have to keep in mind the quarters too.
Similarly, it’s important to keep your arches in mind. Like foot size, arches vary between people and we all need the right amount of support. Too much support will cause bruised arches whilst too little causes the feet to overpronate and can develop disorders like Plantar Fasciitis.
Overpronation is where your feet roll inwards when you walk. This puts strain on your feet, ankles and hips. When wearing boots, the ankle support means that the feet take the most damage rather than the rest of the body compensating. So remember that arch support is paramount if needed.
Comfortable Dress Boot Features
Whilst quality construction and materials will usually ensure that boots are comfortable, here are a few extra features to look out for:
Breathable Materials: Wearing boots can get very hot. Therefore, leather and other natural materials will allow your feet to breathe, which prevents the build up of sweat and blistering.
Arch Support: As mentioned above, the right boots for you will just cup your arches enough to ensure they don’t strain themselves when standing or walking.
Cushioning: Some boots now feature extra cushion, which contours the feet and provides shock absorption.
Stability: Thanks to wider soles and thoughtful construction, good boots will provide stability to prevent an improper stride.
Ankle Grip: Shoes will feature collars and notches for this. However, quality boots will carefully brace your ankles to prevent your feet slipping out.
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