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The Three Best Brown Boots of F/W 14′
Cobbler Union Brown Leather boots

This fall & winter seasons, it’s time to honor this year’s unsung footwear hero, the Brown Boot. You can always count on some of your favorite footwear brands to beef up their shoe game during the cold weather months and I’ve found three brands that released some quality boots. Cobbler Union, Jack Erwin and Johnston & Murphy are three footwear brands that should be applauded this year or at least given a small nod for giving brown boots some live this year. Below check out each boot styled with 3 different looks and see what catches your eye. 


The Guillaume II Boot by Cobbler Union


Cobbler Union Guillaume II Brown Leather Boots

The Guillaume II Brown Leather Boots – Cobble Union (available online) || Brown Knit Cardigan – Onassis Clothing || Custom Chalk Stripe Waist Coat & Pants – Imparali Custom Tailors || Custom Cutaway Collar Shirt – Dragon Inside || Watch – Daniel Wellington || Silk Tie –  Frank & Oak


The Guillaume II is hands down my favorite boot of 2014. Even though this shoe has the heritage of a dress boot, don’t be afraid to rock them with a tailored pair of jeans or cargo pants. Cut from antique brown leather, the patina of this boot is old world classic but the silhouette is sleek and modern. 

Style Tips

  • Pair these boots with a tailored pant. With having a sleek silhouette, a wide pant leg would not flatter these beautiful shoes
  • No brainer – shine them up
  • Think outside the box when choosing your pants. From worn in dark wash denim jean to green cargo pants, pair them all with these boots
  • Also, cuffed pants complement these boots the best

Cobbler Union Guillaume II Brown Leather Boots

Cobbler Union Guillaume II Brown Leather Boots


The Karnes Captoe Boot by Johnston & Murphy


The Karnes Cap Toe Boot by Johnston & Murphy

 Karnes Cap Toe Boots – Johnston & Murphy || Philadelphia Made Ready-To-Wear Moss Green Blazer – Commonwealth Proper || Tweed Vest – J.Crew || Plaid Shirt- Frank & Oak || 521 Jeans – Levi’s || Felt Wool Hat- Forever 21


When these boots were dropped on my doorstep, I immediately knew that Johnston & Murphy had created their best boot of all time. The Karnes captoe boot has all the details of a traditional work boot – lugged rubber sole, six-inch high collar and 9 eyelet laces. But, when you take a deeper look at the details like hand stained detailing, broguing and the wool collar — you realize that you’re wearing the incognito “dress” boot. You can call these a dress boot in a work boot’s shell.

Style Tips

  • If you’re pairing these boots with a suit, opt for a heavy weight fabric. Think flannel, tweed or worsted wool. The weight of the suit will complement the chunkier work boot
  • For the casual Friday/Date Night look, pair these boots with dark wash blue or grey denim and your favorite blazer
  • The Style Challenge: Find a pair of navy jogger chinos (or wool joggers) to rock them with (brands: Marine Layer, Publish Brand, Gap, New Standard Edition) 

The Karnes Cap Toe Boot by Johnston & Murphy

The Karnes Cap Toe Boot by Johnston & Murphy

The Karnes Cap Toe Boot by Johnston & Murphy


The Jack Ankle Boot by Jack Erwin 


The Jack Ankle Boot by Jack Erwin

The Jack Ankle Boot – Jack Erwin || Custom Tweed Gingham Blazer – Indochino || Spread Collar White Shirt – Hugh & Crye || Hunter Green Herringtone Wool Tie – Mr. Nice Tie x Armstrong & Wilson Collaboration || 508 Jeans – Levi’s || Gold Frame Aviator Sunglasses – James Dean Eyewear || Brown tipped pocket square – The Tie Bar 


The Jack Ankle boot by Jack Erwin in chocolate suede gives off a rockstar vibe — almost instantly. Sometimes referred to as a Jodhpur style boot, these kicks are extremely versatile, but, look best with a work in pair of jeans. 

See Also
Johnston & Murphy Loafer Giveaway

Style Tips

  • These boots are made to be worn with jeans and a t-shirt, but….
  • Don’t be afraid to pair them with a blazer and tie for a bit of style juxtaposition 
  • When pairing them with a suit, opt for a suit with a bit of texture to complement the nap of the suede 

The Jack Ankle Boot by Jack Erwin

The Jack Ankle Boot by Jack Erwin

Photography – Marina T. Peele @cantwinklefty

Styling/Modeling/Copy – Sabir M. Peele

Best,

Sabir

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