With the temperatures dropping and the days getting shorter here in NYC, it’s the optimal time to invest in versatile all-weather footwear. Opting for the color that truly does go with everything, we sought out boots in all black that could standup to weather while being dressed up or down. From the lightweight, cushy and tech-infused boot take on Cole Haan‘s ZeroGrand to Danner‘s time-tested Mountain Light model with designer styling to the waxed creeper boot from heritage British Columbia boot maker Viberg. Each boot brings craftsmanship and a unique use of materials to the table that—given a bit of TLC—will last for years to come and only improve with age and use.
Viberg + Palmer Trading Co: Creeper Scout Boot
Victoria, BC-based Viberg has produced some of the most sought-after work boots for over 80 years. The company remains family-owned, humble and committed to maintaining the level of quality and attention to detail that put them on the map. Still, the company isn’t afraid to take risks in design and inject contemporary styling into their footwear. Partnering with Massachusetts-based American goods retailer and designer Palmer Trading Co, the classic Scout Boot is given the blacked-out treatment. A creeper sole lends a more street-friendly look while waxed Horween leather bumps up the weather protection. Over time, the texture of the leather will emerge with unique wear patterns dependent on use. ($750)
Danner + wings+horns: Mountain Light
Equally at home on the trail and as in the city, Danner’s Mountain Light heritage logging boot has been a longtime CH favorite. Teaming up with Vancouver, BC-based wings+horns, the all-black collaboration is limited to just 400 pairs worldwide. Made in the USA, the upper is constructed from a single piece of Horween Cavalier Chromexcel leather. The boot is completely waterproof and breathable thanks to a Gore-Tex liner. Keeping in tune with each brand’s insistence on aesthetic utility, these are the optimal foul-weather footwear for those looking to balance style with functionality. ($480)
Cole Haan: ZeroGrand Tall Boot
When the ZeroGrand shoe launched this summer, it caught the attention of the style and design communities alike. The impressively lightweight footwear has thankfully been released in boot-form just in time for cool weather. The ZeroGrand Tall Boot offers the same svelte feel of it’s low-top cousin, though this model is built with rain, sleet and snow in mind. Despite the boot’s low weight, the flexible boot is still structurally sound and sturdy thanks in part to a storm welt and water resistant leather upper. ($298)
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