To qualify that statement, I’ve only ever owned two pairs of boots.
Nonetheless, these are some great ones.
I bought them Fall 2009, at Opening Ceremony in New York. They’re very simple, but as I tout over and over, simplicity often underscores the best staples in a closet.
Officially they’re “desert boots” which are similar to chukkas. In essence, construction is inky black suede with a contrast sole (in this case thin, hard leather, but sometimes they’re crepe-rubber), with an upper body that covers the ankle. Two-eye lace up. No significant heel.
These boots are comfortable, have proven their durability (made in Portugal), and look good with just about any pair of jeans or chinos. In the fall, or really anytime, texture matters. I have always liked suede more than smooth leather, for its matte finish and more obvious grain.
Added height from a chunky heel is always a plus, especially for guys less than or equal to the average human male height, ~ 5 foot 9 inches. In this case, though, because there is very little heel, I feel like they ground my feet and give me stability.
As any woman will tell you, where you get height you diminish stability and balance.
They haven’t changed in five years, as O.C. is still selling them, though online, only in navyÂ and gray. Maybe because they’re AWESOME!?
Here’s to staples that have longevity, and an appeal to be rediscovered, years later.