Guys, this is the only time it's a good thing to "get the boot"...because I have found my new favorite men's boots of the season and am oh-so-generously sharing them with you. And no matter how amazingly broken-in and comfortable your boots are from last winter (or the winter before that...), you do need one fantastic new pair each year. And because men are more apt to buy that one great pair and wear them to death (whereas your women counterparts...well, we obviously need about 10 new pairs each winter...), you can buy something really incredible with an impressive price-tag (these are $625).
And my choice for you? These washed-leather "Brogue" boots from UK-based Paul Smith. Known for his signature stripes (inside cuffs, on accessories), all of the brand's pieces have an intrinsic British feel to them. These, with their wing-tip detailing, look like gorgeous dress shoes with your pant leg covering them, but give you the warmth and versatility of an actual boot. Therefore you can wear them with those dress pants and a blazer to work, but they are also perfect for the weekend with slightly flared or straight jeans, a cozy sweater and your favorite puffy vest.
And because they already have that "washed leather" look, they will only get better and better with each wear. So don't be afraid to walk down a snowy sidewalk (or walk 100 blocks for that matter), because these are ones I probably wouldn't make you get rid of next year...