Five Plus One is our weekly series of buyer’s guides. We pick a specific category and dig up five great options along with one that’s a little outside the norm.
Embossed grain leathers and wingtip boot patterns go together wonderfully, and that’s why we decided to dedicated this weeks Five Plus One to the combination. Neither embossed leather nor perforations are particularly formal making this style of boots perfect for everyday, casual wear.
1) Fluevog: Newell Boot in Pebbled Black
Fluevog’s Newell Boot is a perfect example of the casual, pebbled wingtip style. They feature a shortwing pattern with large diameter perforations, a contrasting back-strap, and lugged outsole. Some might prefer a leather sole on their wingtip boots, but with this pairs’ chunky welt and casual style these boots fit together quite cohesively.
Available for $180 from Gravity Pope.
2) Grenson: Fred Boot in Embossed Brown
If you are interested in getting a traditional pair of English wingtip boots without breaking the bank then it is hard to look past Grenson. Their Fred Boot fits this style to a T, with its stormwelt, lugged outsole, large diameter brogueing , fabric pull tab, and embossed leather. Grenson might not be in the highest tier of footwear, but their quality materials and Goodyear welted construction does delivery a high quality to price ratio.
Available for $305 from End Clothing.
3) Crockett & Jones: Islay Boot in Pebbled Dark Brown
Crockett & Jones is known as one of the best English bootmakers, and their Islay Boot is certainly among their most popular models. It is constructed from a pebbled calfskin leather with a stormwelt, Dainite sole, and Goodyear welt. Compared with the other boots on this list the Islay is certainly a bit more refined, but the high-end materials and construction makes these boots more than capable of holding up to anything you throw at them.
Available for $775 from Crockett & Jones.
4) Carlos Santos: Wingtip Boot in Pebbled Light Brown
Carlos Santos isn’t he most well known bootmaker but that doesn’t mean their boots are any less well made. Like many of the other boots on this list these are Goodyear welted, but they are quite a bit more formal than many of their counterparts. They feature a leather sole and French binding, which makes them a good bit sleeker; in addition, the nine small eyelets, small diameter brogueing, and lack of a heel piece help this boot to be worn with more formal clothing.
Available for $350 from Skoaktiebolaget.
5) Thom Browne: Crepe Soled Wingtip Boot in Pebbled Black
Being a high-fashion brand means that Thom Browne’s Crepe Soled Wingtip Boots are a notably more expensive than other similar boots, but if you like the style and don’t mind the added price then you should accept no substitute. This pair is constructed from embossed black leather and paired with a black crepe sole, and the combination of textures looks fantastic. Despite being a fashion brand the leather and construction quality are both solid, and the design is of course fantastic.
Available for $1125 from End Clothing.
Plus One – Tricker’s: Francis with Toe Strap in Pebbled Black
Tricker’s Francis Boot is quite a bit more unique than other wingtip boots, and that’s what makes them so great. At the most basic level they are a simple shortwing boot with small diameter perforations, a stormwelt, and a lugged sole. However, they use of both smooth a pebbled leather, bright red lining, and matching black eyelets elevates these boots even further. To finish them off each boots features an added toe patch, perfect for if you intend to wear these boots while riding a motorcycle or just like kickin’ stuff.
Available for $412 from Blue Button Shop.