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.
Whether they’re suede, roughout, waxed-fleshed or any other leather that has that soft bit of fuzz, it’s hard to beat a pair of nappy leather boots. And if you are going for a color that matches with everything, what’s better than brown? While the following boots fit into a range of styles they all have one thing in common: beautiful, heavily textured leathers that will only get better with age.
1) Clarks: Clarkdale Gobi Chelsea Boot in Brown Suede
Sure, Clarks is known for their chukka desert boots, their Clarkdale Gobi Chelsea Boot is an awesome choice as well. They feature the same crepe rubber sole that people know and love, but in on a classically designed Chelsea boot in brown suede. Many people might prefer Clarks’ iconic beeswax leather, but for me, it’s impossible to get better than the velvety soft, chocolate suede that this pair is made from.
Available for $170 from Clarks.
2) Rider Boot: Dundalk II in Reverso Calf
Rider Boot is one of the most suggested brands for casual boots, and their Dundalk II in Reverso Calf is certainly one of their most well-known pairs. Unlike many high-end brands, these boots feature Rapid construction. Many shoe enthusiasts prefer this construction method for several subjective reasons, such as the fact that many believe they break in more easily and are more flexible overall. If you are only going to have one pair of boots, it’s hard to go wrong with this iconic style — it’s comfortable, goes with everything, and looks and feels better with each wear.
Available for $275 from Rider Boot.
3) Maine Mountain Moccasin: Field Boot in Brown Bomber Roughout
Moccasin styles shoes have a special place in many people’s hearts due to their traditional construction and unmatched comfort. One great moccasin maker is Maine Mountain Moccasin, whose Field Boot in Brown Bomber Roughout is about as good as it gets in terms of nappy, brown leather boots. This particular style features the Vibram 2060 wedge sole, which only adds to the inherent comfort of these moccasins, and a double-vamp mudguard.
Available for $399 from Maine Mountain Moccasin.
4) Alden: Indy Boot in Reverse Tobacco Chamois
Alden is about as big as it gets when it comes to footwear, and their Indy Boot in Reverse Tobacco Chamois just one of their many great offerings. It’s made from their famous tobacco chamois leather, but with the reverse, nappy-side out. The boots feature tonal stitching and matching eyelets, which make the whole boot blend together into one homogenous colorway.
Available for $605 from Brick + Mortar.
5) Wesco: Packhorse Packer in Brown Domain Roughout
Not as common as other boot manufacturers, Wesco is a brand that certainly deserves the credit. Their Packhorse Packer in Brown Domain Roughout is certainly a bit more western in style than many of us like, but the construction is top-notch and the leather is gorgeous, so if they fit your style this pair is a no-brainer. They feature Vibram’s 700 sole, a vintage-inspired and durable outsole, a gusseted tongue, and polished brass eyelets for those who want a bit of kick on their footwear.
Available for $645 from Division Road.
Plus One – Viberg: Jodhpur in Bison Calf Suede
Viberg’sJodhpur in Bison Calf Suede features one of their most recent patterns, and I’m hoping to see a lot more of it in the future. It’s based on the traditional jodhpur boots patterns of the 1920’s, and features the highly unique bison calf suede leather. This pair utilizes Goodyear welt construction, rather than Viberg’s more iconic stitchdown construction, but that certainly fits the style of this boot a lot better. This pair is finished with a leather outsole and polished brass buckle, giving it a bit of character without being overly flashy.
Available for $760 from Viberg.