Jessica Quirk Shares Her Top Tips for Holiday Travel

Editor’s Note: Jessica Quirk, author of the blog ‘What I Wore’, has been taking photos of exactly that – what she wears – each day for more than eight years. When she’s not blogging, she’s a wife, mother, hat maker, knitter and reality TV show lover. Here she shares with us her tips for packing the essentials as we head into the busy holiday travel season.

All photos by Jessica Quirk/What I Wore.

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Truth time: I do not love packing. But packing involves traveling, which is always a good thing! As we round the corner into the holiday season, that means many road trips for my little family. Over the river and through the woods, to grandmother’s house we go!

First up – we had Thanksgiving! We spent the holiday with my sister-in-law, her husband and their darling newborn son. My mother and father in law joined us, as well! For us it’s a day all about cooking and eating, so I planned my wardrobe accordingly.

First and foremost I pick pieces with waistbands that can grow. I like to either wear knit dresses with thick tights or a big sweater with leggings and boots for the holidays with big family meals. If jeans are more your speed, here’s a little trick I learned when I was pregnant: You can take a pony holder and loop it through the buttonhole on your waistband and wrap it over the shank of the button for a little extra give. With a long sweater layered over, no one will be the wiser!

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If you’re prone to spills, pick darker colors to hide stains, because even when you’ve got on a fancy apron in the kitchen, there’s always a chance that you’ll get a little grease or cranberry sauce on your sweater.  See also: children!!!

Speaking of little ones, with two small kiddos, this visit was more on the casual side. It’s always a good idea to ask the hostess if she’s planning on a big elegant sit down meal with a more dressy dress code or if her family eats around the coffee table while watching the game (or somewhere in between).

On any trip out of town, I like to pack things that can be dressed up or dressed down. I toss in some jewelry that can up the ante on a black sweater and jeans, and always include some cozy pieces in case we decide to stay in all weekend.

Finally – your footwear!  I suggest at least two pairs – your travel shoes and something else that works with multiple outfits. There are two schools of thought for what to wear traveling. If you’re short on suitcase space or trying to just do the weekend in a carry on bag, you’ll want to wear your largest pair of shoes (usually your bigger boots). If you’ve got checked luggage and want to speed up your airport routine, flats might be a better solution!

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I also like flats to wear in someone else’s home (as long as they’re the kind of household that allows shoes inside!). They’re still comfy but a step up from socks. And if you’re on your feet in the kitchen all day a little cushion and support can be nice, too.

For your second pair – you could go basic with a black boot or brown boot or you could really spice things up with something a little fun like the burgundy booties I’m wearing here. At first glance they look like a dressier pair, but don’t they look cute with jeans, a big sweater and a beanie? I think this would be a perfect outfit to wear to see a parade or to wear to a movie.

My final tip – try to think about your packing the weekend before you leave for your trip. No doubt you’ll be busy enough either cooking or getting those last few pieces of work done before you head out the door. Once you’ve reached your final destination, give your Grannie a hug for me, snuggle that nephew and count your blessings. I’m so grateful for a day to do just that.

Happy Holidays!

WhatIWore-Thanksgiving 3Find more of Jessica’s style inspiration by following @WhatIWore on Instagram.

This Port71 guest blogger received compensation in exchange for her post.
All opinions are the blogger’s own.

To boot: Women’s Ankle Booties for Fall

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Fall is by far our favorite season for updating our wardrobes, in part because fall pieces are so versatile. Take the classic ankle boot for example. It goes with anything and everything: a mini, a midi or a maxi, dress pants, jeans, leggings… You name it, and the bootie’s got it. It’s the perfect shoe for transitioning to cooler weather, making fall (and late summer) staples look the part.

We’ve paired some of our favorite trends from the season – a faux fur vest, tie-neck blouse, and a floppy fedora – with our Total Motion Pointed Toe Angle Booties. Swap out the pencil skirt for tailored pants and you’ve got a second dressy outfit. Pair it with skinny jeans or leggings for a more casual outfit that looks just as “daytime” as it does “night.”

Ankle Booties: Rockport, Bag: Rockport, Top: Aritzia, Skirt: Aritzia, Vest: Aritzia, Hat: Treasure & Bond, Sunnies: Le Specs, Earrings: Bauble Bar, Cuff: Bauble Bar

Prove our point that the bootie is your wardrobe workhorse for fall. Using #MyDailyAdventure, show us on Instagram how you’re styling your ankle booties this season.

Favorite Recipes: Fall Adventures in the Kitchen

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Leaf peeping, pumpkin picking and discovering timeless fall wardrobe essentials are just a few of our favorite fall adventures. And as temps drop and days become shorter, we welcome the season’s delectable dishes that spotlight autumn’s freshest produce.

Here in New England, locals and tourists alike flock each weekend to the region’s family farms to reap the fruits synonymous with fall, the hero fruits of the season – pumpkins and apples.

Even with all the ways to enjoy fall’s bounty, nothing says ‘Americana’ and ‘fall’ more than the tried and true apple pie. Our mouths watered when we discovered this twist on the classic dessert – Salted Caramel Apple Pie.

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If you’re more of a pumpkin person, or if you prefer savory over sweet, then we recommend giving these Pumpkin Fritters a go. Ingredients include fresh rosemary and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano…need we say more?

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While we’re suckers for tradition, we also like to venture outside of the apple orchard. Now is the time to enjoy winter squashes, sweet potatoes, figs, pears, Brussel sprouts, persimmons and cranberries, to name a few. So, we’ve put together our favorite fall recipes here for inspiration.

Our advice if you’re planning a visit to the pumpkin patch this weekend: wear layers and your most comfortable boots, bring your camera to capture your adventures, and don’t deny yourself the joy that an apple donut can bring.

Daily Adventures for Dress for Success

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Shoes: Total Motion Pointed Toe Pump

Everyone’s daily adventure is different, and as much as we’d like to hope every day brings happy moments, there are times in life when adventures take shape as challenges. Finding sustainable employment is one challenge that many women face daily. However, thanks to organizations like Dress for Success®, which offers help with job training, interview prep, professional attire, and career development, disadvantaged women have the resources to achieve overall economic independence.

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Shoes: Seven to 7 Ally Buckle Chelsea

This fall, thanks to the Rockport Instagram community, we raised $10,000 for Dress for Success, funds that will directly support the non-profit’s mission and good work. We couldn’t have reached our goal had it not been for our Instagram followers, many of whom shared their daily adventures to help us raise awareness (thank you, loyal followers!).

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Shoes: Total Motion Hidden Wedge Layer D’ Orsay Flat

Here at Rockport HQ, we held a work-appropriate shoe and purse donation drive benefiting Boston’s Dress for Success affiliate. If you’re looking for an opportunity to impact the daily adventures of the women Dress for Success serves in your community, visit DressforSuccess.org.

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Shoes: Total Motion Pointed Toe Pump

Welcome to Port71, A Blog by Rockport

In 1971, Rockport was born when a father-son team set out in a VW van to forever change the comfort footwear industry.
In 1971, Rockport was born when a father-son team set out in a VW van to forever change the comfort footwear industry.

Welcome to Port71, a place where style, inspiration and adventure intersect. Where we not only share the latest in shoes, but where we also unearth the little things that make every day special.

When you visit (and we hope you’ll visit often), you’ll find outfit posts alongside seasonal recipe suggestions, nestled between ideas to inspire weekend exploration.

Brought to you by Rockport, Port71 remains true to the sense of curiosity that sparked the creation of the brand back in 1971, when a father-son team with a van and a simple plan set out to make dress and casual shoes as comfortable as athletic sneakers.

Men’s Guide to Buying Boots

Maybe you live in an area subject to unpredictable weather like rain and snow, or maybe you’ve heard about the rising men’s boot trend and want to see what all the hype is about. Whatever your reasons are, if you’ve found yourself here, chances are you have no idea where to begin when it comes to buying a pair of boots.

Not to worry, we’re here to help. Before you set out on your boot browsing adventure, take a moment to read our comprehensive guide to buying men’s boots – we’ll provide you with an overview of their history, our favorite styles, and how to wear them.

A Brief History of Men’s Boots

Before we get to the fun stuff, let’s start with a brief history of this popular yet underused style of men’s footwear. While both men and women wear boots nowadays, they, like many other common items, were initially designed for men. Though boots have a long history that appears to trace back to 15,000 BCE, we’ll start our grand history tour somewhere a little bit closer, the fifteenth century.

In this time period, men of all classes were known to wear boots, often composed of brown leather and were designed as knee-highs. A century later, boots were still popular among men, as seen by the development of different styles. Boots were heavily utilized for specialized activities such as horseback riding, as they provided ample knee protection.

In the eighteenth century, boots were no longer an everyday staple and were instead reserved laborers, soldiers, as well as avid hunters and riders. Men’s boots and their place in everyday life began to fluctuate. The nineteenth century saw the return of the boot as a fashion statement rather than specialized equipment, albeit often reserved to those of higher status.

While men’s boots were still widespread in the early twentieth century, they resumed a functional role rather than a fashionable one, often reserved for the military and for sport. Men’s boots once again rose to prominence in the middle of the century thanks to counterculture inspired by films such as Rebel Without a Cause.

The 1970s saw an increase in unisex styles such as oxfords and chukka boots. As we transitioned into the twenty-first century, boots once again became less a part of men’s everyday wardrobe and often reserved for inclement weather, activities such as hiking, or associated with punk musicians and fans. But, as you’ve probably noticed, the tides always turn, and men’s boots have experienced a resurgence.

Now that boots are once again commonplace among men, let’s take a look at some of the trendiest styles available.

Chelsea Boots

The Chelsea boot came to prominence in 1950s London and has become one of the most versatile silhouettes of men’s footwear. These close-fitting ankle-high boots feature a bold elastic side panel and have grown to become a staple of high-end men’s footwear.

This laceless style can easily be dressed up or down for a range of occasions. If you’re aiming for a more formal look, pair Chelsea boots with a tailored suit for a smart, sophisticated effect. Some popular color combinations include brown boots with a gray suit or brown with a navy or dark blue suit, but the options are endless and can be customized to fit your style preferences.

For a casual look, the Chelsea boot works well with jeans and a tee shirt. For an effortlessly cool look, top it off with a casual jacket, or try flannel if you’re aiming for something a little more rugged. However you wear them, we recommend sticking with pants that sit just above the top of the boot. After all, these cool boots deserve to be shown off.

Our Men’s Colden Chelsea Boot comes in timeless black and brown shades and emanates vintage rock-and-roll style with a slightly modern twist. Expertly crafted from the finest antiqued leather and boasting a highly flexible sole for reduced foot fatigue and easy movement, this classic Chelsea boot takes street style to an entirely new level.

Chukka Boot

The chukka boot, or desert boot, is defined by an ankle-length cut, a rounded toe, two or three eyelets, and is constructed from two smooth, unlined pieces of leather. The perfect blend of elegant and casual, the boots supposedly earned their peculiar name due to its resemblance to shoes boots worn by polo players (a polo playing period is called a chukker, or chukka).

This style can be easily paired with nearly everything in your closet, if you play your cards right. For an easy, casual look, wear them with jeans and a solid or striped tee-shirt (a common theme as you’ll come to notice, if you haven’t already). If you’re looking to dress them up a bit, chukkas pair well with chinos and a classic shirt such as a polo or button-down.

If chukkas tickle your fancy, consider our Men’s Kenton Chukka Boot, a fantastic go-to option destined to be a staple in your footwear rotation. Designed with a leather welt for a hint of classic style and an EVA outsole for flexibility and shock absorption for a confident stride, this extremely versatile boot is sure to put your best foot forward.

Wingtips & More

Though the aforementioned styles are our personal favorites, there’s no shortage of styles to choose from. Wingtip boots, such as our Men’s Colden Wingtip Boot, are a descendant of the classic wingtip shoe defined by perforated toe caps.

Heftier boots, such as our Men’s Cold Springs Plus Chukka Boot, are usually constructed from full-grain leather and are designed to provide increased grip and traction necessary for various terrains.

Your One-Stop Boot Shop

Men’s boots have come a long way yet still manage to prove themselves as a timeless favorite for men and women alike. Whether you’re aiming for a refined look or something a little more rugged, Rockport’s casual men’s boots and dress boots collection features an impressive lineup of men’s boots in the latest styles, so you’re sure to to find your perfect match.  

Fashion or Function? Why Not Both?!

Some days you just have a lot of ground to cover. Sightseeing while on vacation, exploring downtown with friends, or even just running errands can require you to walk considerable distances. That’s why it’s important to have a good, sturdy pair of walking shoes on hand. Without a proper pair, your feet may be subject to cramps, blisters, or other unpleasant injuries.

You might think walking shoes and running shoes are the same deal, and while they do share some similarities, there are few characteristics that set them apart. Walking shoes tend to be more casual in style – they don’t require much of the high-performance technology needed to support a runner. That being said, running shoes usually do make acceptable walking shoes, thanks to their padding, breathability, and lighter weight.

But because walking shoes have more leeway than their running counterparts, they are often available in styles that are not only functional, but fashion-forward as well. Read on for helpful tips and tricks when it comes to buying walking shoes, as well as some of our own personal favorites from our collection.

What to Consider When Buying Walking Shoes

Although your style preferences definitely come into play when choosing a new pair of walking shoes, it’s important to take other factors into consideration as well.

First, you’ll need to consider what you’ll be using these shoes for. If you’re simply looking for something casual to support you while walking the dog or taking a leisurely stroll through the park, you’re pretty much free to choose whichever walking shoe fits your style. If you’re planning to walk long distances or on rough terrain, you’ll need to examine your choices a bit more closely.

A walking shoe should be flexible, especially under the ball of the foot, as this is where the majority of impact occurs. Cushioning should be provided in this area as well, as opposed to the heel which experiences greater shock while running.

It’s also essential to consider the weight of the shoe. If you’re extremely active and constantly moving, opt for something lightweight. If you live in an area subject to inclement weather or the forecast calls for rains, it might be a good idea to look into an option constructed with waterproof material.

If you choose to ignore the aforementioned advice, ensuring a proper fit is the one aspect that is non-negotiable. An ill-fitting shoe is not only extremely uncomfortable but can also cause bruised toenails and blisters. A walking shoe should feel snug, not tight, and you should have enough room to wiggle your toes. It might be a good idea to bring a pair of socks with you when you try them on, as socks’ impact on fit is often overlooked.

Now that you’ve brushed up on the golden rules of choosing your perfect walking shoe, we’ve rounded up some of our favorites from our collection of walking shoes for women.

Let’s Walk X-Strap Sneaker

For effortless style and supreme comfort, look no further than our Let’s Walk X-Strap Sneaker. Available in a stunning, shimmery grey, this laid-back yet daring sneaker is an exceptionally fashionable option that delivers the best in women’s walking shoe performance.

This slip-on sneaker boasts bold intersecting straps and features a premium leather lining and footbed for increased flexibility and breathability. Ortholite® and Integrated Motion Technology deliver the ultimate in shock absorption so each step feels like you’re floating on air.

A foam-backed lining ensures all-day comfort and cushioning so good that you may never take these off. With the X-Strap Sneaker on your feet, you’ll want to go the extra mile.

Cobb Hill Paulette

If you’re looking for a dressier option that maintains the performance of a durable women’s walking shoe, check out our Cobb Hill Paulette. This stylish slip-on comes in five different shades, ranging from classic black to wine red, and is available in four different widths that treat you to a more personalized fit.

Crafted from quality leather and synthetic materials, advanced Strobel construction provides the flexibility necessary to keep you going on the busiest of days. With a modest 1-inch heel to elevate style, an intricate asymmetrical ruching on the upper, and decorative side stitching, the Cobb Hill Paulette is guaranteed to turn heads both at the office and on the streets.

Cobb Hill Willa High Top

Looking to stand out? You’re in luck, as our striking Cobb Hill Willa High Top does just the trick. This athleisure-inspired sneaker flaunts zipper accents and antiqued leather to deliver the best and boldest in walking shoe style.

An adjustable lace closure allows you to customize your fit, while a molded EVA footbed offers all-day arch support. The addition of a comfort pod provides heightened shock absorption and improved cushioning to reduce foot fatigue and keep you up and running (well, walking) from sunrise to sundown.

Ayva Tie Sneaker

Put some style in your stride with our Ayva Tie sneaker, a modern black shoe splashed with metallic accents. Featuring a quilted pattern and intricate detailing, this sneaker is a guaranteed frontrunner in the stylish women’s walking shoe game.

An Ortholite® footbed provides the cushioning necessary to go the distance while enhancing breathability too. The Ayva Tie also has flexible midsoles for effortless movement and an EVA outsole for high-performance yet lightweight shock absorption.

With a pair of Ayva Tie lace sneakers in your footwear collection, you’ll be ready to conquer your day, whether it’s spent exploring with your closest friends or walking happily off the beaten path.

Rockport’s collection of women’s walking shoes in assorted styles are the perfect combination of both fashion and function. Take a look at our selection here, and prepare to turn heads with every step.

The Rise of Athleisure Wear

These days, anywhere you look, you’re bound to see someone wearing workout pants and athletic shoes at places other than the gym or track. Sunday brunch, a wine bar, upscale errands, and even some workplaces, are all home to athleisure.

“Athleisure,” as you’ve probably guessed, is a blended form of “athletic” and “leisure”—and it’s evolved to become its own specific style. So, what exactly is athleisure? It’s activewear clothing designed for athletic activities but now worn as work or school clothes. Athleisure is seen at nicer social occasions too.

Wearing such clothing to places other than the gym was once considered taboo, or at least, a bit strange. After all, activewear is designed to serve a specific purpose, right? Needless to say, wearing athletic apparel not only outside the gym, but also to places such as restaurants and department stores has gained increasing acceptance among the general public.

But how did this fashion trend come to be? Why does there seem to be an overabundance of Lululemon in places where jeans used to be considered the norm? Why are women wearing athletic shoes when they’re out enjoying quiche and mimosas? We’re going to take a look at the possible roots behind athleisure, how it came to be, and what this might mean for future fashion trends.

The Beginning

While athleisure hadn’t been identified as a popular fashion trend until the last decade, its roots trace back to the 1970s, when fitness and regular exercise became popular for the general public (read: those who weren’t professional athletes or bodybuilders).

Initially, many people wore their casual clothes to work out. As more and more people began dedicated fitness regimes, sports brands took the opportunity to capitalize on this growing trend and began to make clothes specifically designed for exercise. As time went on, the performance of these clothes began to improve with the introduction of materials such as Lycra, nylon, and spandex—fabrics that have since become synonymous with athletic wear.

Considering exercise means frequent movement and everyone’s bodies respond to that differently, comfort and feel are the most important aspects of activewear.  But “comfort” and “feel” is something everyone desires when it comes to clothing. Since activewear, including footwear, was intrinsically designed for maximum comfort and flexibility, it’s not surprising that some would want to wear them other purposes. After all, who doesn’t enjoy all-day comfort?

The Transition from a “Trend” to a “Lifestyle”

As time went on, activewear improved in function, becoming more lightweight, breathable, stretchable, and water-resistant to combat inevitable sweat. Activewear also experienced an aesthetic overhaul, and designs turned toward fashion as much as function.

Lululemon, a Canadian activewear retailer, is one of the major frontrunners of athleisure wear today. Back in 1997, founder Chip Wilson was in the middle of a yoga class and took notice of what his instructor was wearing. The instructor wore tight-fitting dance attire that seemed comparable to a second skin and highlighted the instructor’s curves.

Seeing this planted a seed in Wilson’s head, and he was inspired to mass produce this “second skin” that seemed to allow for increased movement and performance. A year later, he launched a yoga design business infused with a fashion-forward tone. Thus, Lululemon was born.

Along with Nike, Lululemon has come to dominate the athleisure business, experiencing a record-breaking $453 million in sales in 2017. While people are certainly becoming more health-conscious and have begun to take charge of their health through physical activity, many women sport Lululemon’s infamous leggings for other reasons.

Athletic wear’s moisture-wicking, odor-repelling, and wrinkle-free properties make it extremely easy and comfortable to wear such clothes in nearly all types of weather—so it’s not surprising that so many people would want to take advantage of these increased comfort both inside and outside of the gym.

The incorporation of the latest fashion styles and the growing appreciation for tight, body-hugging styles have also played a huge part in athleisure’s growing popularity, with many fashion brands now expanding into the activewear market.

What’s Next?

While athleisure is certainly in vogue at the moment, is it considered a fashion revolution or just another passing trend that will fade out within the next few years?

If you’re going by anecdotal evidence, you’ve probably seen an increasing number of people sporting athleisure while doing activities that definitely lean more towards the leisure side than the active. Statistically, the athleisure sector experienced a 42% increase from 2010 to 2017, and as of 2017, was expected to grow another 30% by 2020.

It’s important to note that this isn’t the first time that clothing designed specifically for sport has made its way into everyday wear. Polo shirts were originally called tennis shirts, designed by René Lacoste, a tennis grand-slam champion nicknamed “the crocodile of the court” who was dissatisfied with the typical tennis outfits of the 1920s.

Considering Western fashion has a tendency to take clothes designed for activity and adapt them for lazier days, it’s safe to assume that athleisure is here to stay.

Whether you’re power walking through the woods or if this post has inspired you to break out your sports tank and leggings for Sunday brunch, check out our collection of women’s athleisure shoes—they’re both fashionable and functional enough for whatever activities come your way.

Men’s Guide to Buying Boots

Maybe you live in an area subject to unpredictable weather like rain and snow, or maybe you’ve heard about the rising men’s boot trend and want to see what all the hype is about. Whatever your reasons are, if you’ve found yourself here, chances are you have no idea where to begin when it comes to buying a pair of boots.

Not to worry, we’re here to help. Before you set out on your boot browsing adventure, take a moment to read our comprehensive guide to buying men’s boots – we’ll provide you with an overview of their history, our favorite styles, and how to wear them.

A Brief History of Men’s Boots

Before we get to the fun stuff, let’s start with a brief history of this popular yet underused style of men’s footwear. While both men and women wear boots nowadays, they, like many other common items, were initially designed for men. Though boots have a long history that appears to trace back to 15,000 BCE, we’ll start our grand history tour somewhere a little bit closer, the fifteenth century.

In this time period, men of all classes were known to wear boots, often composed of brown leather and were designed as knee-highs. A century later, boots were still popular among men, as seen by the development of different styles. Boots were heavily utilized for specialized activities such as horseback riding, as they provided ample knee protection.

In the eighteenth century, boots were no longer an everyday staple and were instead reserved laborers, soldiers, as well as avid hunters and riders. Men’s boots and their place in everyday life began to fluctuate. The nineteenth century saw the return of the boot as a fashion statement rather than specialized equipment, albeit often reserved to those of higher status.

While men’s boots were still widespread in the early twentieth century, they resumed a functional role rather than a fashionable one, often reserved for the military and for sport. Men’s boots once again rose to prominence in the middle of the century thanks to counterculture inspired by films such as Rebel Without a Cause.

The 1970s saw an increase in unisex styles such as oxfords and chukka boots. As we transitioned into the twenty-first century, boots once again became less a part of men’s everyday wardrobe and often reserved for inclement weather, activities such as hiking, or associated with punk musicians and fans. But, as you’ve probably noticed, the tides always turn, and men’s boots have experienced a resurgence.

Now that boots are once again commonplace among men, let’s take a look at some of the trendiest styles available.

Chelsea Boots

The Chelsea boot came to prominence in 1950s London and has become one of the most versatile silhouettes of men’s footwear. These close-fitting ankle-high boots feature a bold elastic side panel and have grown to become a staple of high-end men’s footwear.

This laceless style can easily be dressed up or down for a range of occasions. If you’re aiming for a more formal look, pair Chelsea boots with a tailored suit for a smart, sophisticated effect. Some popular color combinations include brown boots with a gray suit or brown with a navy or dark blue suit, but the options are endless and can be customized to fit your style preferences.

For a casual look, the Chelsea boot works well with jeans and a tee shirt. For an effortlessly cool look, top it off with a casual jacket, or try flannel if you’re aiming for something a little more rugged. However you wear them, we recommend sticking with pants that sit just above the top of the boot. After all, these cool boots deserve to be shown off.

Our Men’s Colden Chelsea Boot comes in timeless black and brown shades and emanates vintage rock-and-roll style with a slightly modern twist. Expertly crafted from the finest antiqued leather and boasting a highly flexible sole for reduced foot fatigue and easy movement, this classic Chelsea boot takes street style to an entirely new level.

Chukka Boot

The chukka boot, or desert boot, is defined by an ankle-length cut, a rounded toe, two or three eyelets, and is constructed from two smooth, unlined pieces of leather. The perfect blend of elegant and casual, the boots supposedly earned their peculiar name due to its resemblance to shoes boots worn by polo players (a polo playing period is called a chukker, or chukka).

This style can be easily paired with nearly everything in your closet, if you play your cards right. For an easy, casual look, wear them with jeans and a solid or striped tee-shirt (a common theme as you’ll come to notice, if you haven’t already). If you’re looking to dress them up a bit, chukkas pair well with chinos and a classic shirt such as a polo or button-down.

If chukkas tickle your fancy, consider our Men’s Kenton Chukka Boot, a fantastic go-to option destined to be a staple in your footwear rotation. Designed with a leather welt for a hint of classic style and an EVA outsole for flexibility and shock absorption for a confident stride, this extremely versatile boot is sure to put your best foot forward.

Wingtips & More

Though the aforementioned styles are our personal favorites, there’s no shortage of styles to choose from. Wingtip boots, such as our Men’s Colden Wingtip Boot, are a descendant of the classic wingtip shoe defined by perforated toe caps.

Heftier boots, such as our Men’s Cold Springs Plus Chukka Boot, are usually constructed from full-grain leather and are designed to provide increased grip and traction necessary for various terrains.

Your One-Stop Boot Shop

Men’s boots have come a long way yet still manage to prove themselves as a timeless favorite for men and women alike. Whether you’re aiming for a refined look or something a little more rugged, Rockport’s casual men’s boots and dress boots collection features an impressive lineup of men’s boots in the latest styles, so you’re sure to to find your perfect match.