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The Essential Boots That'll Live as Long as You Do

Red Wing Heritage's 6" moc toe boot is a classic.
IMAGE Tyler Joe
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If there's any type of clothing that is worth investing in, footwear is first on that list. Finding shoes that can actually withstand wear—through both weather and time—give your entire wardrobe a solid foundation. You'll never feel like you don't have the right gear. You'll always have a go-to pair of shoes that you don't have to think twice about wearing. A good place to start: boots. A better place? Red Wing Heritage boots. They're exactly the kind of boot that'll last you for years to come.

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IMAGE: Tyler Joe

They're Made For the Outdoors

First things first, Red Wing's 6-inch moc-toe boot is a function-first kind of boot. The original moc-toe take was made for workers—farmers, factory workers, and the like. The kind of workers who were on their feet all day and likely surrounded by potentially foot-crushing gear and slippery surfaces. The tough leather is water-resistant, the thick tred can track on even the slickest of floors, and the Goodyear welt means no unwanted debris is getting in.

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IMAGE: Tyler Joe

But They Look Stylish Everywhere

OK, sure. So they're functional. But the key differentiator here is that usually "functional" is just a sugarcoated way of saying something is ugly. Only, these aren't! Really, they look more like a rugged, outdoor-inspired boot. They look great in the fall with a thick flannel, and they last well into the winter with cable knit sweaters, oversized jackets, and every hoodie imaginable. Lean into the look by pairing them with selvedge denim.

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IMAGE: Tyler Joe

They're Actually Made to Last

The only element that could make their versatility pop even more is that they're not your fast-fashion kind of boots. They were made to outlast a single season, year, and maybe (possibly?!) a lifetime. I've been wearing my own boots for over two years and they still look they just came out of the box. There's no wear on the leather, no damage done to the sole, and no distressing at the seams. For a long-lasting boot that you can pull off in almost any situation, you can't do better than these.

Prop styling by Summer Moore

This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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