As we spiral head first towards the end of what seems like a very short summer, the sneakers we thought we’d wear on balmy nights have spent most of the last few months languishing in our closets. The global coronavirus pandemic may have halted our warm-weather footwear for getting the recognition it deserves, but that’s no reason to look ahead.
With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the best leather boots on the market right now, including Rick Owens‘ take on the classic Chelsea boot and Moncler‘s rugged but luxe hiking boots. Having dominated the European runways at the Fall/Winter 2020 shows, they’ll see you through the end of summer into fall and beyond. And with any luck, they’ll get a bit more airtime thank your summer kicks.
Rick Owens Performa Boxo Megatooth Leather Chelsea Boots
These all-black Rick Owens Megatooth Chelsea boots are a typically subverted take on a functional staple. With an exaggerated treaded “megatooth” rubber sole, a round toe box and a 100-percent leather upper, they’re finished off with elasticated inserts and a sturdy heel pull tab for convenience.
Versace Medusa Stud Leather Chelsea Boots
Drawing on its brand heritage with stud accenting, Versace’s Medusa Stud Chelsea boots are a nod to the house’s emblem incorporated into its logo in the early ’90s. With a black accented rubber tread sole, the boots are completed with a debossed logo at the heel.
Dr. Martens Burgundy 1460 Pascal Leather Boots
Dr. Martens has been making sturdy footwear for over 70 years now, so when it comes to its 1460 Pascal boots we know they’re the business. Ankle height with front lace fastening, these boots feature the brand’s signature contrasting stitching and a pull tab at the ankle.
Bottega Veneta Tread Sole Leather Boots
With a leather upper, Bottega Veneta’s boot offering stretches past the ankle. Featuring loop pull tabs and elasticated side panels, they’ve been designed to be slipped-on with ease, while ensuring they still offer plenty of support. All of this set upon a robust rubber sole makes for another typically stand-out release from the Italian label.
Alexander McQueen Chunky Leather Boots
These black-panelled boots from Alexander McQueen draw influence from retro hiking gear of yesteryear, merged here with the designers signature luxury twist. Sitting on a chunky, reinforced sole, the boots feature a white padded ankle, perforated toe and a hot-stamped silver logo on the tongue to finish.
Diemme Roccia Vet Leather Hiking Boots
Both practicality and style have been captured in these Roccia Vet Hiking Boots from Diemme. Designed for ease on uneven surfaces and gritty terrains, these tanned-colored boots offer a functional look, set on a clean, off-white rubber tread sole.
ARKET Leather Chelsea Boot
Thanks to its chrome-free tanning, these Leather Chelsea boots from ARKET boast a soft and supple leather upper. With elasticated gussets, a stacked heel and an outsole made with a mix of leather and rubber for added durability, the Nordic label offers its contemporary take on the classic leather boot.
Moncler Lace-Up Leather Boots
Moncler’s Hektor boots boast an orange and brown tonal tread sole, with textured leather panels at the rounded toe and heel. Fitted with a padded collar for extra ankle support, the brand’s classic logo patch has been embossed on the boot tongue.
Loro Piana Winter Beatle Chelsea Boots
These Winter Beatle Chelsea Boots have been crafted with the expertise and precision Loro Piana is renowned for. Made from full-grain leather that will hide any scuffs, the burnt red boots feature a storm-welted construction to ensure longevity and an elasticated fastening, all on a sturdy and grippy rubber sole.
Acne Studios Leather Hiker Boot
Created in a hiking boot style, this pair from Acne Studios offers a versatile option ideal for both the city wearer and the more urban explorer by adopting a more sneaker-like silhouette. Built using premium black leather, the boot comes equipped with a chunky and grippy midsole to ensure stability on almost any terrain.