Editors Note: Our selection of boots has been updated for fall 2017.

Boots always seem to get more done than shoes. While shoes are busy arguing semantics in a boardroom, boots are out in the garage welding shit. Shoes spend their weekend shanking golf balls while boots are going over, around and through every surface on earth. Truth is, shoes were for buzz-cut boys playing acoustic guitar until boots and mop tops came over from England and started a revolution. Boots have long belonged to the movers and shakers of history, and dammit if they’re not going to keep going. Nine types of boots, three choices each. Hop to it.

The Chelsea Boot

Chelsea boots began life in England in the mid-19th century and didn’t stray far from home until recently. The elasticized wonders were a staple of the mid-’60s mod scene and protected the feet of seemingly every British invader from John to Ringo. Recently they’ve seen a revival on many of menswear’s best dressed.

Declan Chelsea Boot by Grenson $275

Suede Chelsea Boot by R.M. Williams $495

Newmarket Suede Chelsea Boot by Edward Green $1,470

The Ankle Boot

Boasting a higher degree-of-difficulty than the Chelsea boot, ankle boots might be the coolest footwear ever made. They’ve graced the feet of rock stars, played their fair part in creating a few illegitimate children and complimented the tightest pants mankind has had to offer for decades.

Chris Inside Zip Boot by Frye $328

Pebble-Grain Zip-Up Boots by McCaffrey $745

Suede Jodhpur Boots by Saint Laurent $1,045

The Wingtip Boot

You got formal embellishment on my casual footwear! You got casual footwear on my formal embellishment! The wingtip is dressed up enough to be worn with a suit and casual enough to end up under denim or a pair of cords.

Dalton Wingtip Boot by Allen Edmonds $445

Stow Burnished-Leather Brouge Boots by Tricker’s $670

Leather Wingtip Brogue Boot by Thom Browne $1,275

The Chukka Boot

About as casual as all-leather boots get, the chukka (or desert) boot was first worn by British soldiers in Africa during WWII. Afterward they made their way across the Atlantic, becoming a casual staple for the second half of the 20th century and still gracing the feet of stylish men in the cooler months. Clarks made the originals, but upmarket offerings only improved on the formula.

Desert Boot by Clarks $119

Scout Boot — Coyote Sumner by Maine Mountain Moccasin $325

Grove Suede Chukka Boots by John Lobb $1,435

The Hiking Boot

We’ve kept a respectable distance from technical boots, but the best pairs of old-school hiking boots boast the same alpine prowess that made them popular in the first place along with a great look.

Ripple Sole Scarponcino Boot by Fracap $249

Danner Light by Danner $380

Military Hiker Boot by FEIT $800

The Hunting Boot

For actual hunting you may want something more technically advanced, but the hunting boot is a staple in the Northeast and has ensconced the feet of everyone from Hemingway to Thad in Sigma Chi. They may not be as warm or as waterproof as some others, but Ernest would probably tell you to sack up.

The Original Duck Boot by L.L. Bean $119

American Bison 5.5 “PH” by Russell Moccasin Co. $438

Full-Grain Leather Boots by Yuketen $630

The Work Boot

Strong, long-lasting and just stylish enough to stay on your feet for most of the colder months: that’s all a work boot really needs to be. Little wonder that the design was more or less perfected half a century ago.

Blacksmith Oil Tanned Boot by Red Wing Heritage $300

LTT NFPA Smokejumper by White’s Boots $490

Zermatt Suede Boots by Visvim $1,030

The Trench Boot

Worn since WWI, the trench (sometimes called army or officer) boot is a handsome staple that’s shaken its military roots and manages to look a bit more cleaned up these days than it did stomping into Flanders.

Kenton Plain-Toe Boots by J.Crew $248

Souther Lord Reverse Tobacco Chamois Plain Toe Boot by Alden $600

Service Boot by Viberg $720

The Cowboy Boot

Like many Americana wardrobe staples, cowboy boots are rooted in function. Pull them on, wear them hard and use them for years. There are two mains styles: traditional cowboy boots that feature a riding heel (taller and angled) and roper boots that have a shorter heel, designed to handle a day of walking.

Cowboy Boots by Dan Post $236

Pecos by Red Wing Heritage $320

Bannock by Lucchese $595