For some, boots are a necessity—the only footwear that can handle fall and winter weather in their corner of the world. For others, they’re an aesthetic choice. Like everything else in fashion, when it comes to boots, there are no shortage of options on the spectrum from utilitarian to fashion-forward.

From mountain climbers to soldiers, the inspirations and uses are as varied as the styles they come in. What they all tend to share, though, is an inherent ruggedness, whether in their shape or the materials used to make them. The best boots get better with age and develop a beautifully weathered patina—rather than crack and crumble.

From riffs on traditional hiking boots and Chelsea boots to inventive, artistic creations, we’ve found 11 designer boots—both new and old—that offer you surefire ways to upgrade your footwear rotation, no matter what you need them for or how you plan on wearing them.

The Best Designer Boots for Men:
1. Ann Demeulemeester Vitello Olio
2. Carol Christian Poell Tornado Boots
3. Stone Island x Diemme Boots
4. Dirk Bikkembergs Bungee Boots
5. Guidi Back Zip Boots
6. Maison Margiela Tabi Boots
7. Prada Brixxen Chelsea Boots
8. ROA Andreas Boots
9. Saint Laurent Paris Wyatt Boots
10. Thom Browne Wingtip Boots
11. Visvim Virgil Folk Boots

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