TOP 5 BOOTS AT LIBERTY FAIRS

1800-1-of-121At Liberty Fairs NYC we had the chance to take a close look at some of the best gear hitting the menswear market come Fall/Winter 2015.

You already know we love a well made boot. Here are five stand-outs from the show.

Together, these five different styles would be a very well edited boot wardrobe.

1. The Plain Toe Lace-Up
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A sleek plain toe with a sharp-but-sturdy sole is a very versatile boot. These blue suede beauties are handmade by Oak Street Bootmakers, in a Chicago factory who exclusively uses renowned Horween Chromexcel leather. In case you didn’t know: “Horween Chromexcel undergoes 89 separate processes taking 28 days and utilizing all five floors of the Horween facility in Chicago. Over the past 100 years very little has changed in the formula. Food-grade beef tallow, cosmetic-grade beeswax, marine oil, chrome salts, tree bark extracts and naturally occurring pigments are combined. The mixture is then applied using heat, steam pressure, the hands of craftsman and time. This ultimately yields the soft, supple and durable leather that is used for your shoes or boots.”

2. The Sleek Chelsea
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A sleek chelsea boot is a wardrobe changer. In a dark leather with a sharp toe it has a certain elegance and sexyness to it. If you own a well-made pair, you know what I mean. It’s a versatile boot, too. Once you find the right pair, you’ll be reaching for them all the time, especially when evening comes. This sleek oxblood version is made by Japanese brand Caminando, who is gradually making their way into the US market, with a really impressive offering of sleek, simple, and affordable footwear.

3. The Weatherproof Mock
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You need one reliable rain boot that is fully waterproof, high up the ankle, and has a non-slip sole. This 8″ moc by Lanona, also made from Horween Chromexcel leather (in loden green), is a great choice. The best part is, buying these is supporting a small business – a really small business. These are handmade in a small workshop in Saint Paul Minnesota, and the founders are still hand-pouring the soles in their garage. Gotta love it.

4. The Wingtip Brogue
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We’ve been talking about the wingtip brogue boot since 2011. These aren’t going anywhere, and they can be worn with just about anything. This caramel brown pair, handmade in Northampton England by Trickers, is a real showstopper. Although, if you’re looking to maximize your wearability, I might consider going a shade or two darker.

5. The Sleek Alpine Boot
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This is a style that often gets slept on. These sleek all-black leather alpine boots are handmade by Danner, who’s been making hardcore American boots since the great depression in 1932. These are perfect for snow and ice, or a ski trip, but they also just look badass with any kind of casual, or semi-casual, winter look.

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