Every denim head knows the uniform: selvedge jeans, utility jacket and work boots. And if you’re feeling wild, maybe a beanie. It’s the look worn by those who truly appreciate heritage attire—the garments worn by their working grandfathers and great grandfathers.
To adapt that look to today, men cuff their jeans to proudly display their selvedge line—and they’ll draw even more attention to it by pairing it with the right boot. Rivet compiled a list of the best men’s boots to buy now.
Red Wing Heritage Men’s Classic Moc 6″ Boot
One of the most beloved boot brands among denim heads is Red Wing. This moc-toe style features a white Traction Tred rubber outsole, triple-stitched quality and Goodyear welt construction. Once broken in (reviewers say the process can take a while), these are sure to be your favorite everyday work boots.
Red Wing Heritage Men’s Blacksmith Vibram Boot
For a slightly different look from the same brand, this Blacksmith Vibram style combines the classic workers’ boot of the early 1900s with modern detailing. Made of 100 percent leather and Goodyear welt construction, the boots are made to last.
Frye Engineer 12R
While engineer boots were originally designed for men working on steam railway engines, they’ve since been adopted by bikers for similar reasons—they protect the entire foot from getting burned. This pair from Frye brings the classic design to the modern day, with forged-nickle buckles and an angled shaft for a perfect fit.
Thorogood Men’s American Heritage Lace-To-Toe Roofer Boots
A lower boot like this one, which is about 5.25 inches from the arch to the top of the shaft, will draw more attention to the details of your selvedge denim. Pair this shoe with your finest pair of raw jeans.
Timberland 6″ Premium Boot
A true worker’s boot, Timberland’s iconic style pairs perfectly with a pair of raw denim jeans. Opt for the wheat nubuck color to pay homage to this classic style.
Helm Zind Brown Boots
For a more refined look, Helm’s Zind Brown boot offers styles from two of the brand’s bestsellers—the Zind and the Muller Brown. Handcrafted in Brazil and made with Balthazar leather, this pair is versatile enough to wear from day to night.
Wolverine Men’s Original 1000 Mile Boot
Push boundaries with a pair of unique green leather boots from Wolverine. You’ll get the classic look of a worker’s boot with the quality and comfort of Wolverine—reviewers noted there’s little to no break-in period.
R.M. Williams Comfort Craftsman Boot
If your budget is more flexible, opt for this high-end Chelsea boot with a chiseled square toe. The stacked heel adds a touch of workwear grit.
Tricker’s Stow Lace-Up Boot
For those with an even bigger budget, these Made in England lace-up boots from Tricker’s feature a perforated design that adds flair to any ensemble. Opt for the Acorn color to truly show off these traditional accents.
Thursday Boot Company Scout Men’s Chukka Boot
Ankle boots like this chukka style are perfect for walking the city. The minimal design with two blind eyelets makes them a go-to pair for everyday use. Choose the dark olive suede to keep it casual.
Nisolo Andres All Weather Men’s Leather Lace Up Boot
Make more than just a fashion statement with these boots that merge style, practicality and ethics. Made in a factory that provides fair and transparent wages to its workers, this pair will triumph through any weather—and make you feel good about your purchase.