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.
While jodhpurs have been around for decades, they’ve seen a big resurgence in popularity over the last few years, particularly among the footwear aficionados. Their unique design is eye-catching yet versatile, and easy to wear regardless of how formally you dress. Jodhpur boot patterns vary greatly from maker to maker, which makes finding the one you like best even more rewarding.
1) Carlos Santos: Jodhpur in Coimbra Patina
Carlos Santos’ Jodhpur in Coimbra Patina might not be the most unique johdpur on the market, but the minimal pattern is simply stunning. It’s made on a sleek last with a slightly chiseled toe, a narrow strap, and a well crimped instep. The boot is Goodyear welted onto a single leather sole, and features a brass buckle that matches perfectly with Carlos Santos’ Coimbra Patina leather coloring.
Available for $375 from Skoaktiebolaget.
2) Story Et Fall: 331 Cropped Jodhpur in Grey Calf Suede
While jodhpurs are traditionally a mid-height boots Story Et Fall’s 311 Cropped Jodhpur is another great option. The lower height helps to show off the buckle and strap, and isn’t that why we really wear jodhpurs to begin with? These boots are made on a pointed—but still slightly rounded—last, and are made of a gray calf suede with a nickel buckle. They’re made using Blake construction, which features a stitch that connects the insole to the outsole from the inside; that allows the outsole to be trimmed very close to the boot and helps the boots to remain as sleek as possible.
Available for $221 from Story Et Fall.
3) Sanders: Newbury Jodhpur
Sanders’ Newbury Jodhpur is not as dressy as some of the other boots on this list, given its waxy leather and utilitarian shape, but they’re still a great choice for a casual boot. Made with a Goodyear welt, they feature a leather insole and double leather outsole, adding to its longevity and ability to be reconstructed.
Available for $268 from Pediwear.
4) Church’s: Bletsoe Boot in Black
Church’s blacked out Bletsoe Boot is a great new take on the jodhpur. The pattern is pretty basic considering the boot’s height, strap design, and general shape, but the solid black leather, stitching, edge dressing, and sole really set this model apart from other jodhpurs. Church’s has been producing shoes in Northhampton, England for well over a hundred years, so you can be sure that each pair is solidly constructed.
Available for $655 from Mr. Porter.
5) Zonkey Boot: ZEROTHREEFOUR Jodhpur VII in Brown Calf Suede
Zonkey Boot’s ZEROTHREEFOUR Jodhpurmoney VII’s aren’t cheap, but you get a lot of boot for your money. They’re made from calf suede with contrasting hand-dyed smooth leather straps, and are handwelted; a style of welting that’s both difficult and time consuming, but ultimately stronger than a standard Goodyear welt. These jodhpurs feature a triple wrapped strap, which gives them a truly unique look.
Available for €690 from Zonkey Boot.
Plus One – J. FitzPatrick: Genesee in Mulberry Calf
While there are a large number of unique Jodhpurs out there, J. FitzPatrick’s Genesee in Mulberry Calf takes the cake. They’re constructed from a deep purplish-red colored calfskin and feature a double strapped closure system—although the latter might disqualify them as true “jodhpurs” by purists. Be that as it may, they would make a welcomed addition to almost anyone’s footwear collection, and will certainly get all the attention they deserve.
Available for £342 from J. FitzPatrick.