10 Best Fall Boots For Men Reviewed and Rated
As the air turns from humid to crisp, and the leaves begin their kaleidoscopic change, you find yourself putting away your summer clothes and tugging out your warmest flannels, snuggest sweaters, and knit caps. The centerpiece to any fall ensemble cannot be neglected, however, and manifests in that singular item that conveys both function and fashion; the fall boot.
Whether you live where autumn means plenty of precipitation, or where the sun is always shining, the right fall boot will mean the difference between having a fun fall season or getting the seasonal blues. There are lots of features to consider, from thick soles for good traction, to whether you want a lace-up tall boot for the outdoors or an efficient slip on ankle boot for work.
Whatever route you go with your fall footwear, make sure it speaks to your personality, has the key features you want most, and has a price tag that doesn’t mean you have to forego an outing to your favorite coffee shop. To help you prepare for this fall season, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 best fall boots to make your decision easier.
10 Best Fall Boots
1. Top Moda Coco 1
With their rounded toe, slightly scrunched appearance on the toe box and shaft, and cute buckle accents, they boast a lot of attention to detail. Their tall, elegant riding boot design makes them perfect to be paired with leggings, jeans, dresses, or skirts. The buckle accents give them a little tough edge over traditionally streamlined riding boots, making them on trend with the moto/biker style that this season is favoring. They also come in a wide variety of colors, from soft mauve to taupe.
The topic of durability doesn’t come up much when discussing boots designed more for fashion than function, but suffice it to say the fall season lasts many months and if you’re putting these boots into regular rotation in your closet (or especially if they become your favorite pair), you want to be sure they can withstand the walking miles you’ll be putting on them. These hold up wonderfully for snowy/icy climates, and while not waterproof, can be reinforced with the application of the some Scotchguard.
Cost and Value
For the price of a week’s worth of pumpkin spice lattes, you can own this boot. Where they impress on price point, they also impress on versatility and durability. They can be worn with a variety of outfits for a variety of different occasions, and will even hold up in extreme weather conditions. Their quality is top notch and their design details and accents make them appear much more expensive than they are. It’s not surprising why these boots are one of the top picks for fall.
Moto buckle accents
Comes in a variety of colors
Durable in harsh climates
2. Dr. Marten's 1460
The 1460 came out in 1960, and has never been out of production. It has an 8 eyelet ox-blood color and the classic Doc smooth leather exterior. It’s a tough little boot that doesn’t scuff easy, with an air-cushioned sole on the inside that makes them surprisingly comfortable. The leather ensures that over time and with proper care, they’ll begin to mold to your foot. They’re resistant to oil and fat, as well as being slip and abrasion resistant. Made with Goodyear welt like the best tactical boots, the upper and sole are heat sealed and sewn together.
Dr. Martens are incredibly versatile, despite being popularized mostly by the punk elite in the United Kingdom in the late 1970’s. They have the commanding presence of a boot that can be used to make a feminine outfit more masculine or, because of their polished exterior, give edge to a finely tailored suit. Have them stand out by cuffing your stovepipe jeans like 60’s British dock workers, or have their round shiny toes peek out from under a long flowing skirt. Because they come in a variety of colors as well as prints, the sky is really the limit with this incredibly versatile and popular fall boot.
Cost and Value
Dr. Martens aren’t cheap by any means, but then again, they had been assembled in the same factory on Cobb Lane in Nottinghamshire up until very recently. The quality of the brand is well known, and can be seen in the great styling of the boot, its thick lug soul, and eye-catching yellow stitching. After you find the perfect pair for your personality, you’ll get years of wear out of your Docs. Just remember, the break-in time takes some time but after a while they’ll fit you like a second skin.
Thick lug sole
Polished full grain leather
Comes in a variety of colors/prints
Take a while to break in
3. Lucky Brand Basel
Comprised of leather with a rubber sole, that is the only way any two of these boots are alike. One pair may have dozens of tiny triangle cut outs that dot the entire body of the boot. Another may be entirely covered in paisley. One may have a soft metallic gold finish, while another will have a wild leopard print. There are classically demure options like black suede, or daring options like grey snakeskin. There is an option for every wearer, provided they can decide on just one.
One would ordinarily expect these sort of shoes to pinch your toes or possibly slice into your ankles, given that the toe box narrows to a point, but the leather is soft enough that it molds to your foot shape with little break in time. These boots have a stacked block heel that distributes your weight more easily, and a pull-on loop near the entry to the boot that, combined with the side-zip, lets you get them on and off without any fuss. They can be walked in for several miles without fatigue, but those with wider feet will feel discomfort first.
Cost and Value
Being that Lucky Brand it associated with all things Rock ‘n’ Roll, and that the brand is devoted to the pursuit of individual style and making customers feel authentic, it’s not surprising that these boots have the wide variety of design options that they do. Whatever aesthetic you enjoy, there’s a Basel boot for your taste. These are not advisable to be worn in harsh weather conditions or any climate that gets a lot of rain and snow.
Wide variety of designs
Show signs of scuffing after a few weeks
4. Skechers USA Mariner
The lug outsole on these boots is thick, as well as the padded collar, giving your feet a solid but comfortable feeling. Perfect for yard work outside and camping with friends and family, these boots can be worn in a variety of terrains. The extreme tread on the sole ensures that you won’t lose your balance, but doesn’t detract from the overall appearance of a well put together shoe.
The Mariner Utility boot offers a deep toebox for wearers that might have wide feet or are used to their toes pressing up against the tops. It also has a supportive instep, in case you’ll be doing a lot of activities on your feet this fall. The lug outsole provides excellent shock absorption as well. Because these boots don’t go over your ankle bone, there is no rub and they let your feet breathe a little more.
Cost and Value
For a boot that you won’t want to take off this fall, the Sketchers USA Mariner Utility Boot is a perfect blend of functionality and comfort. It will allow for all day comfort with a deep toe box, supportive instep, and a low ankle design that ensures breathability. Its deep tread will help you grip rough terrain better as well as give you superior shock absorption. Definitely a great investment in a mid-range boot that will last for several seasons.
Shock absorbing outsole
Deep toe box
5. Timberland Premium
Favored by everyone from construction workers to rap artists, Timberland boots are renowned for their durable exteriors that can take a beating. They have a tread that provides excellent traction on a variety of terrain, and the use of the same leather materials around the entire body of the shoe ensure that no portion of it wears down faster than the other, which can be the case when synthetic blends are used.
They have a removable insole that allows for comfort customization, and the extra padded portion of the collar is robust enough so that where it falls on the ankle doesn’t get chaffed. This is particularly handy if you wear your Timberlands for a long time. The stitches don’t wear out along the inseam of the heel, since it’s made out of one solid piece of leather.
Cost and Value
In 1973 Timberland introduced its first ever waterproof boot, and they have been in production ever since. Known to represent quality materials, craftsmanship, and superior protection against the elements, their boots represent a commitment to the outdoors and their customers that enjoy them. Though they can be pricey, it's well worth it for the superior performance you'll get out of them well into the winter.
6. Steve Madden Troopa
These boots have a rounded toe and roomy toe box, ensuring hours of wear during your fall days. Their low heel means less foot fatigue, and lace up front means that unlike smooth shaft boots, the fit of the Troopa boot can be customized. Their all leather design mean that they will mold to your foot over time. Though they don’t offer much arch support, they take foot inserts very well as they run half a size larger.
The Troopa boots reach slightly less than mid-calf and are crafted of sturdy leather with a rubber sole. They don’t leak when introduced to puddles or rainy days, and because of their slightly distressed exterior, hide scuffs from any outdoor activities very well. Their side zippers are located in the inside and use YKK zippers, ensuring stability and structural integrity as you take them on and off all season.
Cost and Value
Steve Madden is a brand known for innovative takes on traditional foot wear, updating known looks into new trends. Since the mid 1990s, it has been a brand synonymous with style, quality, and affordability. These boots are a mid-range priced boot that are able to be worn with a variety of outfits, so they are worth the investment as an autumn season favorite.
Fine quality leather
Side zip on the inside
Comes in a variety of colors
Lace up front
Not a lot of arch support
7. Teva De La Vina
Originally known as a company that designed the first sport sandal, Teva conveys the practicality of its footwear in its design, and the importance of athleticism. It’s shoes are known to help you traverse canyons, foot trails, and mountain passes with ease. The Teva De La Vina Boot, though arguably more of an urban boot, helps you tackle the urban jungle with the same sense of purpose, as though it were just another adventure-rich environment to explore. It’s WP leather upper and canvas lining provide durability and comfort while it’s Spider Rubber sole offers superior traction and stability.
As an outdoor shoe company committed to enjoying nature, it only makes sense that Teva would invest in making their shoes as comfortable as possible. These boots have a roomy toe box for extra wiggle room, arch support, and even extra fabric at the top of the shaft to allow for larger calves. Best of all, you can tour rainy Europe or the snowy Appalachians and these boots will keep your feet warm and dry, as well as look good doing it.
Cost and Value
A company like Teva knows the value of a well made, dependable boot that looks as smart as it does functional, and the you’ll know it too the moment you slide on the Teva De La Vina boot. Not only is it comfortable and maneuverable, it provides superior traction and water resistance. It also has a sophisticated but tough aesthetic that is just as appropriate in an adobe canyon as it is at a lunch date.
Spider Rubber sole for traction
Can fit larger calves
Can run big
8. Carlos by Carlos Santana Brie
Because they are made from quality vegan suede, they have a much longer and better wear life. Whereas real suede can become discolored over time, the vegan suede used in the Carlos booties won’t show the same abuse. They have a wooden heel, not rubber, which makes them slightly more structurally stable. The side zipper is the YKK design which makes it both functional and durable, adding a slight utilitarian look to this otherwise smoothly silhouetted boot.
Due to the classic profile of this boot and its quality construction, it can be worn in a variety of ways; tucked into jeans for an edgier vibe, or with skirts and dresses for a softer look. Because of the mid-height of the heel, it adds height to shorter wearers, but is still perfect for tall wearers not interested in adding to their height. It’s comfortable enough to be worn all day at the office, during a school day, or out on an excursion with friends.
Cost and Value
The Carlos Santana shoe brand, spawned from a partnership with the Brown Shoe Company, is committed to providing excellent footwear that captures the boundless vigor and effervescence he demonstrates in his on stage performances. Each shoe reflects his raconteur personality, while also evoking classic fashionable shapes. Though these boots are expensive, proceeds are donated to the Milagro Foundation that partners with the non-profit community to assist the needs of children all over the world.
Quality vegan suede
9. Stuart Weitzman 5050
Due to the imposing length of the boot’s shaft, the 5050 gives your leg as much protection as it does the appearance of length. The 5050 will make sure that any environmental factors that coincide with your fall activities -snow, cold, moisture- won’t penetrate them. With a little Scotchguard, they’re water resistant in no time. Not having to constantly wear more layers on your bottom half and being able to just rely on pulling on a tall boot can make crisp autumn days so much more bearable.
The extremely elegant length of the 5050 boot can seem intimidating at first, especially for those with wider calves. Though the leather construction makes it a rather slim fit, there is elastic fabric at the crook of the knee that allows for an easier fit and more flexibility of movement. It is best to use your body weight to help you put on the boot from a standing position and then, when removing, to peel it from the top of the knee down so that it’s inside out because tugging it off from the heel.
Cost and Value
Stuart Weitzman boots are known for being elegant and timeless luxury goods. They are an investment in quality that is proved by their extreme wearability year after year. Not only can be worn to dress up a casual ensemble, but they can compliment an already dressy one. Though they are quite expensive, they are a head turning boot that is as functional as they are sophisticated.
Quality leather materials
Elastic fabric behind knee for flexibility
10. Sorel Cheyanne Lace
In climates that warrant a lot of seasonal precipitation or just for the occasional rainy fall day, the Cheyanne Lace Rain Boot will leave your feet warm and dry due to the thinsulate liner. It’s not so heavy as to be uncomfortable during humid rains, and can be worn with regular wool socks for added protection against the elements. Its full grain leather construction is fully waterproof, and its liner is seam-sealed, ensuring that you won’t have to worry about a leaky rain boot at the end of your day.
As far as rain boots go, these have all the durability of other Sorel products, but without being as cumbersome as a high top boot. These boots fit more like a rain shoe, and because of thinsulate and seam-sealed lining, the superior protection from the elements they offer will make you forget you’re wearing them. Fitting true to size, they are as practical in the woods as they are on the streets, and don’t look out of place in either environment.
Cost and Value
Like all Sorel products, the Cheyanne Lace Rain Boots represent the very best in the functionality, durability, and comfort of outdoor footwear. They offer maximum features for a fair price point, and even come in a variety of colors to choose from. They are a smart looking boot that looks both utilitarian and fashionable, capable of proving themselves in any environment, whether it be urban or woodland.
Thick tread for traction
Rubber can crack if not treated
When the season’s change, so must your footwear. When you start noticing the days getting shorter and the air getting colder, you put away your open toed shoes and lightweight sneakers in favor of some boots with Thinsulate liners and over-the-knee coverage. Our list proves that there is no right or wrong fall boot, but only what you feel comfortable wearing and provides the most style and features for your price point. Whether you like extra traction when you’re out raking leaves, or something stylish for a bonfire party, there’s a boot that fits your unique needs. There’s even several that combine the best of both worlds, proving that fall boots, more than any other footwear, can be both functional and fashionable, while also being affordable.
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