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Two of the best boots for dressing up or stepping out

By Shai Rama 

The demand for boots increases exponentially as the cold weather approaches. Our preferred choice runs the line of practicality and style, effortlessly blending durability with fashion and creating a sense of ‘comfort-chic’. Boots are an ideal, all-purpose item that appeals to a wide range of audiences: from your outdoor enthusiasts who wear boots for hiking to your everyday guy looking to add a little edge to his outfit. Whatever your lifestyle dictates, here's what to wear when dressing up or stepping out. 

The dress boot

Chelsea boots

Chelsea boots are timeless. These close-fitting, ankle-high boots have gracefully travelled through time and consequently reached iconic status in the process. Birthed in the Victorian era where the boot was used for horse riding and walking, they were later reinvented with vulcanised rubber and by the late 1840s the wave started to catch on. Although, the 1950s and 60s mark the decades where these boots were awarded cult status when bands such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones popularised Chelsea boots and they became a firm favourite amongst the mods in the UK. Keeping with the trend of transcending through different times and subcultures, the boot has recently been reinvigorated by Margiela, Palace and even Kanye West in his Yeezy collection. Get into a pair soonest, because clearly the Chelsea boot is here to stay for a long, long time.

The utility boot

Utility boots

Utility boots are renowned for their solid exterior and durable nature – it’s no surprise why they’re so popular in the working world. This pair is rugged, flexible and are perfect for all weather conditions and activities alike. Over the years, utility boots (as the name suggests) were more for practicality rather than aesthetic value. However, as the times have changed, so have the traditional purpose of the utility boot. Blending practicality with fashion has become a trend – having a durable, reliable product that’s also stylish at the same time. The classic utility boot has been perfected over the years by top-tier brand Palladium, who has made the utility boot its trademark aesthetic. An essential item for almost every activity: from hiking to attending festivals, this utility boot offers intensive foot protection, ventilation and comfort.

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