BOOT CAMP

Designer men’s boots range from the practical and durable to the sleek and urbane, proposing options that fluidly function in all conditions.

Durable oil-tanned leather lace-up boots embrace a workwear-inspired aesthetic, elevating any outfit by expressing rugged styling availability. Thoughtfully streamlined Chelsea boots remain safe and consistently chic in brushed leather and soft suede that complement their elasticized gusset construction as well as your favorite skinny jeans.

Rough and tough fashion-forward streetwear stylings are achieved inspirationally with studded biker and combat boots, but defy conventions when dotted with signature logos and hardware.

No matter the occasion, designer men’s boots are available anytime of year…….to brazenly make a statement, quietly elevate an outfit, or simply keep your feet on the ground.

THE WOOK BOOT 

Black & Orange Security Boots

Ankle-high panelled coated textile boots in black. Logo printed in white at round toe. Tonal lace-up closure. Embroidered logo patch at padded canvas tongue. Padded canvas collar. Tonal buffed leather lining. Embroidered logo patch in orange at heel. Foam rubber midsole in orange. Tonal treaded Vibram® rubber outsole. Silver-tone hardware.

By HERON PRESTON

Parsons School of Design alumnus Heron Preston is a Renaissance man. Following a move to New York, the San Francisco-born designer, DJ, and artist launched his career alongside 1017 ALYX 9SM’s Matthew Williams and Off-White’s Virgil Abloh with the art direction and streetwear collective Been Trill. After the release of his coveted NASCAR T-shirt, which reinterpreted iconic trademarks into an over-branded visual feast, Preston was inspired to further explore the value and meaning of authenticity in today’s sartorial landscape. Preston’s eponymous streetwear label, launched in 2016, propels his unique worldview with a reference-rich collection steeped in internet, youth, and counterfeit culture. Inspired by sustainable technology, Preston merges environmental awareness and fresh aesthetics to produce distinct lifestyle designs for contemporary savants.

THE CHELSEA BOOT  

Brown Suede Chelsea Boots

Ankle-high suede Chelsea boots in brown. Round toe. Tonal elasticized gusset at sides. Grosgrain pull-loop in off-white at heel collar. Logo stamp in gold-tone at outer sides. Crepe rubber sole in beige.

By COMMON PROJECTS

Common Projects founders Prathan Poopat and Flavio Girolami started their New York-based sneaker collection in 2004. Combining the street sensibility of American sneaker culture with the hand-stitched quality of Italian construction, the brand proposes a hybrid of casual and polished styles adapted to today’s creative lifestyle. The brand’s look is as modern as its origins: the founders, respectively an art director and creative consultant, designed the original Achilles sneaker from two different continents. Branded only with a gold numeric stamp at each style’s heel displaying its style code, size, and color, Common Projects’ minimalist yet timeless men’s high tops, low tops, boots, slip-ons, and derbys are eclectically suited to formalwear and streetwear alike.

THE WING TIPPED BOOT

Tan Cubitt Wingtip Boots

Ankle-high grained polished calfskin boots in tan. Almond toe. Tonal lace-up closure. Grosgrain pull-loop in black at heel collar. Leather lining. Treaded rubber sole in black.

By PAUL SMITH

Renowned for his idiosyncratic takes on traditional British styles, Paul Smith found his voice as a designer after a road accident put an end to his dream of becoming a professional cyclist. Smith opened a small boutique in London in 1970, which has since grown into an internationally recognized label that cleverly blends upper-class tailoring with striking colors and offbeat patterns. Smith showcases his archival tendencies through a juxtaposition of references ranging from the highbrow to the quotidian, infusing the brand with a unique and incisive point of view. Expanding into the realm of objects, Smith brings his signature playfulness to a line of home decor accessories. Presenting a tongue-in-cheek twist on classic styles, Paul Smith’s irreverent collections are a reliably confident, colorful choice.

THE STREET WEAR BOOT 

 Khaki Upcycle 1992 Boots

Ankle-high recycled textile and canvas boots in khaki. Round toe. Lace-up closure. Logo embossed in white at tongue. Text and textile graphic patches at the outer side. Pull loop at heel collar. Tonal treaded recycled rubber sole. Tonal hardware.

By VIRÓN

After a combined twenty-five years of experience in the industry, eco-conscious designers Mats Rombaut and Julian Romer launched Virón, a plant-based footwear brand with a sustainable approach to high-fashion. In theme with its ethically-sourced recycled materials, PETA certified products, and use of earth-toned palettes, the Paris-based label’s name is derived from an amalgamation of the French and English word for “environment.” Discrete low and high-top sneakers made from recycled army tent canvas are offered in tones of olive green, off-white, and black, and coupled with the brand’s ubiquitous chunky outsole. Innovative faux-leather boots made partly from apple and corn wastes tout counter cultural motifs with patched poster-like prints at the ankles. Working with various outside organizations to guarantee transparency, sustainability, and quality, Virón offers a prudent vision of what responsible luxury can be.

THE DESSERT BOOT 

Off-White Leather 221 Desert Boots

Ankle-high grained leather desert boots in off-white. Round toe. Leather lace-up closure in tan. Style number embossed at tongue. Logo embossed at outer sides. Tonal raw leather lining. Crepe rubber sole in beige.

By CLARKS ORIGINALS 

Founded in 1825 by brothers Cyrus and James Clark in the small town of Street, in Somerset, England, Clarks Originals is one of the most recognized men’s footwear brands in the world. Their most famous silhouettes are as reactionary as they are revolutionary, having come to the forefront of various cultural movements throughout history. But perhaps even more compelling is the manner in which Clarks Originals have managed to capture the imaginations of so many different people the world over. From school children throughout the British Isles to Parisian student protestors in 1968, mid-century Americana film icons to Jamaican reggae stars, Clarks Originals have made their mark on diverse and seemingly disparate subcultures. Famed for its simple, minimalist construction, environmentally sustainable leather practices and, most notably, the signature lightweight and durable crepe soles, Clarks Originals men’s footwear is instantly recognizable. Nowadays, the brand has built itself a reputation in the realm of collaboration; working with other fashion labels such as nanamica, Supreme, and Lemaire to create highly covetable Clarks Originals variations. The brand’s incredibly accessible, trend-worthy wardrobe staples continue to inspire for many years to come.

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Kate Shelton
Kate has led a diverse career in both the arts and business management. From dancing with the prestigious National Ballet of Canada to earning a Bachelor of Arts degree at Ryerson to then taking on the entrepreneurial role of running a small business, Kate’s wide range of experience has allowed her to develop a keen eye for art and design. As an avid Crossfitter, Kate has a true appreciation for leading an active, healthy lifestyle. She currently lives in Oakville, Ontario, with her husband and their wonderful son.