If we had to try and make a list of the five or ten things we think every guy should have in his wardrobe, brown leather lace up boots would rank up there pretty high. They’re the kind of closet stalwart that you buy maybe once every five years. That is, of course, provided you take care of them. Do that and they’ll stick around with you through countless days at work, date nights, and evenings out with friends.
So when you make the leap and commit to spending at least a hundred or so dollars on a pair of boots, you better make sure that you really will be glad to put them on regularly for years. Without really getting a lay of the land when it comes to the different boots out there, it can be difficult to really know what you like in the first place. So in an attempt to try and help guys who are searching around for a pair of lace up boots they’ll be really proud to own, we put together this list of the 18 brown leather lace up boots for men. We have everything here from classic American made work boot inspired pairs to beautifully built unique pairs from Italy. Take a scroll through and find one for yourself.
Cole Haan LunarGrand Wing Combat Boot
An ideal hybrid of modern shoe technology with classic style, these Wing Combat boots feature an attractive brogue, imported leather, and a comfortable Lunarlon midsole from Nike.
Timberland Stormbuck Duck Boots
There is not a more classic pair of boots for trudging through rainy weather than duck boots. The tried and true rubberized toe cap and leather mid foot ankle have served wearers well for years. This pair from Timberland are a unique take on that old school design. Featuring a full grain leather matched with a molded TPU brogue detailed toe cap and ortholite insoles, they’re a fantastic winter pick for those living in the harsher parts of the world.
Dr. Martens 1460 Boot
The naturally distressed leather upper on these boots paired with the tough DMS outsole makes for a perfect combination of style and comfort. They have the distinctive look of a pair of Dr. Martens, but they’re not so overstated as to demand your attention.
Chippewa Apache Boot
How many shoe manufacturers can say that the building where they assemble their boots is officially on the National Register of Historic Places? Our guess is that no one can. Or, rather, no one other than Chippewa Boots. This 116 year old American boot maker based out of Winsconsin has managed to stick around for so long because the quality of their goods – like this Apache Lacer boot – is so good. Made from a tough leather upper and featuring a Vibram Stockbridge outsole, this pair are as handsome as they are sturdy.
Red Wing Heritage Moc
This pair of boots made by the 100 year old American company Red Wing Shoes features a leather upper sewn with an old school work-boot inspired moc-toe style. Made with incredible materials, you can expect this pair to last for along time.
A.P.C. Corentin Ankle Boots
For something a little more formal, these Corentin ankle boots are a fantastic grab. made from Portuguese leather, featuring a high ankle, three hole lacing, an a braided Moccasin-style stitching along the instep, they’re subtle, but they stand out from the pack.
Danner Williams Boot
It was hard not ton include a pair of Danner’s hiking boots on this list, but we thought that their Williams boot deserved some shine. While they seem more of a strictly formal style (compared to their usual hiker/work boot offerings), the design of the shoe was actually inspired by old school logging styles of the late 1800s. Made from distressed leather, and featuring Goodyear Welt Construction and Vibram outsole, they’re a truly great pair of American made boots.
Grenson Justin Panelled Boots
These boots made from chestnut leather have a hefty build to them that is perfect for the winter and fall. Featuring D ring eyelets and tough rubberized lugs these UK made lace up boots are a great seasonal pick.
Allen Edmonds Dalton Wingtip Dress Boots
Designed by Jim Dayton, an award winning architect and student of Frank Gerhy, these 7 eyelet boots features a balanced silhouette and a striking wingtip design with brogue perforations. The upper, made from premium calfskin and given an orange leather lining, is welted to the butyl double leather sole with a Goodyear construction.
Helm Lee Low
This boot is a decidedly American take on the popular but hard to pull off European Sam Original style boot. Made from a full grain Tasman York leather and featuring a White Oak Cone Denim inlayed along the ankle, the Lee Low boot fits in perfectly for both formal and casual occasions.
Oakstreet Cap-Toe Lakeshore Boot
American bootmakers Oak Street boast that their Cap-Toe Lakeshore model is good for everything from your morning commute to the cocktail after work. We find it hard to argue with that. Made from French calf leather sourced from Bourbon Tannerie d’Annonay the shoes have an almost warm glow to them that give off a professional and put together vibe. Thanks to their hand built construction, they’re fully recraftable so you can get the them resoled and maintained years down the line.
Montoro High Boot
A classic boot with a bit of a twist. Featuring seven eyelets along the lace up front and a two tone zipper along the heal, thesy promise an easy escape at the end of the day and a unique look.
Common Projects Desert Boots
For those looking for everyday wear comfort, a classic style, and a solid build – we couldn’t recommend these Desert boots enough. Made from a premium Saffiano Leather sourced from Italy and soft crepe soles, they’re ideal for wearing both in and out of the office.
Viberg Scout Boot
Inspired by the 105 Logger boot first put into production in the 1950s, the Scout Boot features the same pattern but constructed from Aged Bark Roughout leather and paired with a lightweight white Vibram Morflex sole.
Moncler Peak Nubuck Hiking Boots
For those looking for something a bit more outdoors inspired to throw on during the winter in the city, these Peak Nubuck Hiking Boots are hard to resist. Made by the storied French outerwear company, they boast a beatiful leather upper, metal D-Rings, a gusseted tongue, and a Vibram outsole and red, white and blue mid along the heal.
O’Keefe Pebble Grain Leather Boots
Everyone has duck boots, and everyone has a pair of hiking boots, so if you are trying to stand out from the crowd with a pair of winter leather lace up boots – you may want to consider this pair of Austin Shearling-Lined boots from O’Keefe. With a striking weatherproof pebble grain leather upper fitted with pewter d rings and a padded suede collar, they’re as handsome as they are ready for the colder months.
Grenson Neighborhood Charles Brogue Boots
Crafted in Northamptonshire, England, this pair of pebble grain leather boots are set apart by their beautiful broguing and triple welt. Featuring a leather pull tab along the back and eight eyelets along the laces – they’re a high, sharp boot that’ll set you apart from the rest.
VISVIM Fringed Leather Boots
With a moccasin-style stitching along the toe and fringed trims, these boots have a fun and rugged look to them. That, paired with the fact that they’re built with a high quality leather, Vibrams soles, and Goodyear welted construction make them hard to pass up.