This Year in Gear
The Top Boots of 2018
At Gear Patrol, we have a thing for boots. No matter a person’s role in the company, it’s a safe bet they have strong opinions about different boot brands — and at least a couple of well-worn pairs at home. As such, our boot coverage tends towards unique releases and uncommon brands more often than not.
This year we discovered a large amount of Japanese-market boots made both domestically and abroad. Not surprisingly, those stories were complemented with an array of pieces featuring North American heritage makers like Red Wing, Viberg and Wesco. The wild card in the mix was, perhaps, the focus on versatile rain boots designed for the city.
Across all of our boot coverage, there was a through-line: a focus on quality craftsmanship married with tasteful designs. With that in mind, take a look back at the best boots of 2018.
Colonial Red, Dark Cocoa and Shale Grey, among others.
A handmade boot for just over two bills.
Swedish rainwear purveyor Stutterheim released a natural rubber Chelsea rain boot.
Previously available only on the Asian market, you can now get these kicks from Snake Oil Provisions.
A durable Hill sole, a Comfortforce footbed and stitchdown construction.
Viberg's heritage styles and Horween's respected leather.
Japanese-Americana-streetwear meets Clarks and things go surprisingly well.
Hunter collaborated with Target to make a rain boot that's $100 cheaper than their own, and almost the same materials.
Tough-as-hell leather shoes with a weather-proof build.
Cut from black rough-out Japanese steerhide.
Made from black washed Italian horsehide.
Only 356 pairs are available in each colorway.
The newest Chelsea boot from Oliver Cabell is worth a look.
Two different leathers combined in one sharp boot.
The only sneaker made entirely in Canada.
Waterproof boots with Vibram soles.
Utilizing Black tea-core Horween Chromexcel horsehide.
Made from 4-ounce Saddle Tan leather and featuring Goodyear welt construction
Yuketen releases new, American-made moccasin boots in three different colorways for cold weather wear this fall and winter.