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If your goal is to smell really fabulous and like no-one else you know, you need a niche fragrance. This expanding, influential sector of the fragrance industry has moved from the fringe to become a major trendsetter. Intimate boutiques in prestigious locations, footholds in luxury department stores and knowledgeable, attentive staff have helped give niche perfumery an edge over the predictable offer found in duty-free and on the high street. To be niche, considered distribution is vital.

With 36 years in the game, Les Senteurs has continually brought together some the best niche perfumes under one, cosy roof (currently situated at 71 Elizabeth St, Belgravia). “When Michael and Betty Hawksley founded the boutique back in 1984 their remit was to curate a collection of little-known but intrinsically significant and innovative fragrances from all over the world,” explains resident fragrance archivist, James Craven. “With hindsight one could say that the Hawksleys introduced niche perfumery – a term then unknown – to the UK and in many ways helped define this concept.” Indeed, Les Senteurs introduced Byredo, Diptyque, Creed and Éditions de Parfums Frédéric Malle to the UK. So, can we still count these hugely successful, international houses as niche?

Maison Francis Kurkdjian

“Ironically, the term itself has become rather ubiquitous, and one could even say it now dominates the fragrance world – a far cry from its origins,” says James. “As such, some perfume brands that naturally fall into this category might prefer to describe themselves as ‘creative’ or ‘artistic’ fragrance houses. Now, despite the common usage, there is still a certain expectation when it comes to ‘niche’ fragrances.” Craven outlines the hallmarks of a niche fragrance: “one expects an emphasis on the juice (quality, originality and creativity thereof) as opposed to the marketing of the brand; a sense of authenticity, of it being born of an individual’s personality and creative viewpoint, often experimenting with a more extensive olfactory palette or more original accords than is evident in commercial fragrances.”

Does that mean the commercial houses have lost their edge? “I don’t believe the major brands have stalled – they still continue to do what they’ve always done very successfully,” James explains. “The difference is the rapid rise and success of niche brands which is appealing to a much wider audience and therefore growing at a much faster rate in comparison. The major brands are proactively embracing elements of the niche market – smaller launches, more interesting fragrances, less reliance on the advertising campaign and more focus on the juice but ultimately their appeal is geared towards the universal whereas niche focuses on the individual.”

Le Labo

It’s all about us, you see, and we’re a picky bunch. Consumers are “more demanding in their desire for novelty, quality, variety and transparency – all of which keeps perfumers up to the mark. Previously ‘underground’ brands can now have their own share of voice. Independent brands are often able to offer something unique and many shoppers are on a quest to find a scent that is unknown by anyone else and therefore feels like their own signature, or ‘the one’,” says James.

They also keep the tills ringing. In 2019 the Fragrance Foundation released a report showing that the fragrance industry was worth £7.1 billion to the UK economy in 2018, with 24% – or £1.8 billion – spent directly on perfume, eau de toilette and aftershave. This is understandable when you consider that the average price for a quality scent has been heading north for quite some time. Is this to take advantage of the super wealthy who stalk the floor at Harrods, or are the steep prices justifiable? “Perfume creation is rarely low cost especially when it comes to producing innovative fragrances in small batches,” explains James, “it is not a case of choosing a high price point to give the impression of exclusivity. Generally, the price will reflect the careful sourcing of raw materials which nowadays is much more discerning and ethical, and methods of production which are extremely precise and exacting.”

Reassuringly expensive, beautifully packaged and pushing the olfactive envelope, a niche fragrance can feel like a true ‘find’. Here are eight names and a mix of new and well-loved scents to seek out.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Key Scent: L’Homme À la Rose


Francis Kurkdjian is a prolific fragrance creator, working with some of the biggest houses in fashion and fragrance from Burberry, Kenzo and Giorgio Armani to Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, Davidoff and Guerlain. His stellar career began with Jean Paul Gaultier Le Mâle – a global best seller.

His own line, Maison Francis Kurkdjian, launched in 2009. His latest release, L’Homme À la Rose, is a celebration of one of the lesser used florals in men’s fragrance. During his Zoom presentation, he talked about how rose is often paired with dark woods or patchouli and how geranium is the typical floral associated with men. Kurkdjian saw an opportunity for something new; he wanted to pair rose with something ‘light and bright’. The result is a woody floral, with two types of fresh, green rose – Damask and Centifolia – as the central character, with side accents of grapefruit and sage.

“Raw materials have no gender, but social codes give them meaning. Rose is not feminine or masculine; it’s how I blend it. Masculinity is a state of mind. It used to be set around social codes, but these are falling apart. The notion of masculinity, in 20 years time, will not be relevant anymore,” he says. Kurkdjian is claiming rose for stylish men everywhere – wear it with pride.

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Escentric Molecules

Key Scent: Molecule 05


If the measure of a great scent is comments from peers and strangers alike, Escentric Molecules is a good place to start. Self described as radical, purist and singular, one of the earliest scents, 101, has achieved near cult status for its street-stopping quality and chameleonic ability to take on a different vibe with every wearer.

Each launch consists of a binary pair of numbered fragrances, the Molecule is the single aroma, the Escentric plays with the molecule using further ingredients. The newest addition, Molecule 05, focuses on cashmeran, a synthetic molecule that combines musky woods with sweet, resinous pine. Perfumer Geza Schoen was inspired by the aromas of sun-baked coastal paths around the Med.

Escentric 05 brings together bergamot, orange, laurel, rosemary, juniper and cypress, underscored by labdanum and mastic, with cashmeran and fig. He describes it like “a radiant summer’s day.” Yes, the seasons are changing, but an Indian summer is the best kind of autumn, so we’ll be clinging onto the sun with this.

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Acqua Di Parma

Key Scent: Colonia Futura



Can a brand still be considered niche if it’s well known? It can, according to Craven, when it stays “true to its brand origins and continues to produce creative, trendsetting, luxurious scents.” Put a tick in the box for Acqua Di Parma.

Sustainability is everyone’s favourite buzzword at the moment but the Italian house are putting it into practice with Colonia Futura. The composition is 99% natural, Protected Designation of Origin ingredients – which is no mean feat. The bakelite lid has been replaced with a recycled and recyclable matt plastic cap and the outer cylinder is made from FSC cardboard. The dispenser can be easily removed for ease of recycling and the label is made using scrap dust from marble quarries (Italy is a major source of both carrara and calacatta).

There’s the common citrus element that ADP is known for; Bergamot from Calabria, as well as lemon and grapefruit. But the combination of clary sage, lavender and pink pepper create a mature, woody scent with a spicy dry down of vetiver, unlike anything else in the ADP range.

Shop now at John Lewis

MEMO Paris

Key Scent: Irish Leather

irish leather

Founded in 2007 by French-Irish couple Clara and John Molloy, Memo Paris has a distinctive look of maximalist gold patterns and a line of unique scents, created with the help of perfumer Aliénor Massenet, and inspired by their collective travels to distinctive destinations.

There is a boutique in Paris, but you can order to your door via Harvey Nichols and Cult Beauty. Irish Leather is an ode to John’s childhood homeland, and relatable for anyone who’s ever fallen for the damp charms of the Emerald Isle. Juniper, birch and clary sage, green maté (tea) and flouve (hay oil) create an earthy vibe with a smoky leathery undertone that captures the essence of the great Irish landscape.

Shop now at Harvey Nichols

Tauer Perfumes

Key Scent: No. 02 L’Air du Désert Marocain


An independent Swiss house, Tauer was launched by perfumer Andy Tauer in 2004, initially as a side hustle from his main job. His scents have been described by admirers as “fragrant sculptures” and the striking deep blue bottles help to convey this message into the world.

His output is divided into self-titled categories: Classics, Homages, PentaChords and Collectibles, which feature variable availability, exclusive ingredients and high concentrations of natural oils.

No. 02 L’Air du Désert Marocain sits in the Classic collection as one of his most popular scents that cemented his reputation as an artist in the fragrance world and it is brought to you exclusively in the UK by Les Senteurs. Spicy top notes of coriander, cumin and a hint of petitgrain reveal a heart of jasmine, rock rose, labdanum and birch and base notes of amber, patchouli and cedar. The balsamic, woody accord conjures Andy Tauer’s own memories of the spicy, dry air of the Maghreb Desert.

Shop now at Les Senteurs

Le Labo

Key Scent: Santal 33


When a big conglomerate starts snapping up independent brands you know they are on to something. Estée Lauder acquired Le Labo in 2014, eight years after it was founded by Eddie Roschi and Fabrice Penot in New York City.

Buying a niche brand is often easier than creating one, because commercial success is never guaranteed. However, Le Labo has a proven track record of cult unisex scents such as Rose 31, Thé Noir 29 and Baie 19. As a quick explainer, the name is the primary scent and the number refers to the total ingredient count.

Santal 33 is perhaps the most well known – and for good reason. The inspiration came from a particular brand of cigarettes. Think of a cowboy riding the great American plains and you’ve got the idea; crackling campfire, leathery boots, big sky and freedom, conjured by notes of sandalwood, cedarwood, cardamom, iris, violet and ambrox.

Shop now at Cult Beauty


Key Scent: Black Afgano


Founded by Alessandro Gualtieri, Nasomatto takes an eccentric approach to scent. Earlier in his career he worked various big brands and in the UAE. He’s travelled to Oman, Iran and Saudi Arabia and his interest in Middle Eastern perfumery can be felt in his work – these are bold scents.

There are 12 fragrances in the collection and each bottle looks like a small work of art or sculpture, due to the caps crafted from precious woods. Black Afgano is arguably the most well known. The inspiration is hashish and the sweet spot of being stoned (before the paranoia or munchies kick in). Cannabis, coffee, tobacco, incense and oud make up the notes. Green, herbal and a touch soapy – it may temporarily invoke the resinous bud, but it won’t send you as far as the corner shop on the hunt for snacks.

Shop now at Selfridges

Maison Crivilli

Key Scent: Santal Volcanique


Being a well-heeled, well-travelled European seems to be the basic prerequisite for becoming a perfumer. Thibaud Crivilli isn’t about to break the mould here: he hails from France, spent time China, and his main inspiration stems from our precious natural world.

Santal Volcanique is a mix of fiery spices including cardamom, ginger, coffee and ‘carbonised ylang ylang’ to evoke scorched woods. Hot stuff.

Shop now at Harvey Nichols

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Regular Watch Vs. Smartwatch (Are Smartwatches Worth It?)

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Picture this; you shake a man’s hand and notice he’s wearing an exquisite timepiece.

You compliment him, but to your surprise, he doesn’t say a word about your brand new smartwatch.

Is this a bad thing? Are smartwatches worth it? Or should you stick to a traditional watch and save your money?

These are the questions I’m here to answer. I’ll go over the reasons you might want to wear a smartwatch and a few as to why you may want to avoid them.

I’ll be covering:

  1. Are Smartwatches Stylish?
  2. What Are The Advantages Of A Regular Watch?
  3. What Are The Advantages Of A Smartwatch?
  4. Should You Buy A Smartwatch Over A Regular Watch?

#1 Are Smartwatches Stylish?

smart watch on a wrist

This is a tough one to nail down. On the one hand, yes, they can be stylish, and on the other, they can look quite bulky and unstylish.

This boils down to the specific watch itself. A few years ago, smartwatches looked more like activity trackers than watches. However, they have come a long way in terms of design.

The design shift allowed watch manufacturers to enter the smartwatch space and create smartwatches that look like traditional watches with an intelligently enhanced interface.

This gives you the best of both worlds as you get the style and appearance of a traditional watch with the added tech of a smartwatch. So yes, these types of smartwatches can be very stylish.

The most significant key factor is to determine if a smartwatch will benefit you or not. If you are constantly on the go and receiving emails and calendar notifications, a smartwatch can be a huge help.

But if you need a watch to complement your outfit and tell the time, you don’t need anything more than a regular watch. It is very specific to the person.

#2 What Are The Advantages Of A Regular Watch?

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Regular, traditional watches have a host of benefits over smartwatches. The most significant advantage is that they look like a watch. Hear me out.

A traditional timepiece is one of the most recognizable accessories in a man’s wardrobe. Everyone knows what it is, and it can help complement your outfit accordingly.

When you enter the space of luxury timepieces, you also have the added advantage of carrying a status. And this doesn’t only apply to watches from Rolex; it can be as simple as a trusted name like Timex.

Watch enthusiasts know these brands inside and out, and by wearing a trusted timepiece, you can gain style points for having a watch worth buying.

Regular watches are also simple in design. There is something pure about wearing a mechanical watch that seems so primitive compared to today’s smartwatches, yet it gives you a feeling of enjoyment with a timeless piece of hardware.

This is not to say you cannot have both types of watches – I highly encourage trying both. This just means that regular watches are more recognizable, more traditional, and will never go out of style.

Pros And Cons Of Regular Watches

classic watch with leather bracelet

With all of the advantages that come with regular watches, they have their own set of pros and cons.

Pros of regular watches:

  • More recognizable as a watch
  • Can last decades and break less easily
  • Don’t have to charge batteries daily
  • Never have to worry about updating software

Cons of regular watches:

  • They mostly only tell the time and date
  • Lack the capability of smartwatches

#3 What Are The Advantages Of A Smartwatch?

man in sports clothes wearing smart watch

Since the introduction of the smartwatch, manufacturers have worked hard to perfect the design and make them easier on the eyes.

Smartwatches are designed for one thing – access. This applies to telling the time and date as well as giving you access to emails, text messages, and activity tracking.

These all-in-one powerhouses can do it all. They excel past regular watches by acting as a hub for your smartphone and other tech devices.

You can answer phone calls, listen to music wirelessly, and know precisely how well that new workout routine is going – all from your wrist.

This makes them highly worth it if you want a wristwatch that can do everything.

Smartwatches also excel in the health field as they can be life-saving devices. Most smartwatches now can monitor your heart rate and even more body diagnostics that can be useful in preventing certain health-related events.

There are even smartwatches for the blind and visually impaired that can help by aiding in time telling and other features.

Pros And Cons Of Smartwatches

smartwatch on a wrist

Even with all of the capabilities of smartwatches, they also have their own pros and cons.

Pros of smartwatches:

  • Have more capabilities than regular watches
  • Can receive calls, texts, emails, and more
  • Built-in activity tracker
  • Can swap straps like regular watches

Cons of smartwatches:

  • They can appear more ‘childish’
  • Streamline design can look less like an actual watch
  • Constantly getting and looking at notifications can come off as rude
  • Even the nicest looking ones are not considered ‘dressy’ enough for black tie

#4 Should You Buy A Smartwatch Over A Regular Watch?

wearing smart watch

So even though, technologically speaking, a smartwatch has more capabilities than a regular watch, does that mean you should buy one?

It depends. The reason it depends is that even with all of the capabilities that smartwatches have, they are by no means necessary. You can tell the time and date just fine with a regular watch.

A smartwatch offers that next-level experience of having access to your smartphone and other devices all while sitting neatly on your wrist.

To find out if a smartwatch is right for you, think of your day-to-day routine and how it could help you. If it would streamline your communication and make it easier, as well as track your activity, then it is worth it.

But if you only need to tell the date and time and are attracted to classic and timeless design, a regular watch is all you need.

There you have it, gents.

You can finally determine if a smartwatch is right for you and if they’re worth it.

If you enjoyed this comparison of watches, check out the reasons why you should be wearing a watch in the first place.

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The Best CITIZEN Watches: Quality & Style On A Budget

Best Citizen Watches

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A man should never neglect his wrist.

That is to say, choosing the right wristwatch is an absolutely pivotal determining factor that can make or break an outfit – and even your entire presentation.

Today, lots of men seem to be just fine without a watch. “I’ve got my phone!” you might say. “Why would I need a watch?”

Well, there are a lot of reasons why one would still want to display a watch upon their wrist nowadays.

Wearing a watch offers several benefits beyond just telling time:

  • Convenience: It’s quick and easy to check the time on your wrist, especially in situations where pulling out a phone might be inconvenient or rude.
  • Style and Fashion: Watches are often worn as fashion accessories, complementing an outfit and reflecting personal style.
  • Professionalism: In many professional settings, wearing a watch can convey a sense of responsibility, punctuality, and attention to detail.
  • Longevity and Durability: A well-made watch can last for years, becoming a reliable and enduring accessory.
  • Cultural and Personal Significance: Watches can hold sentimental value as heirlooms or gifts, carrying with them personal memories and stories.

Overall, while smartphones have largely taken over timekeeping duties, watches remain relevant for their practicality, style, and symbolism.

But you don’t necessarily need to spend a small fortune for a great timepiece.

Among the best entry-to-moderate-level watch brands is CITIZEN. Founded in 1918, CITIZEN is a proven longtime quality watchmaker offering some exceptional values.

Looking to get a new watch yourself? Here are some of CITIZEN’s very best.

CITIZEN Promaster Dive: Model: BN0191-55L

CITIZEN Promaster Dive: Model: BN0191-55L

Proof that a dive watch can be fun as well as functional, the Promaster Diver serves up impressive durability, style, and features, such as Eco-Drive technology.

This model is powered by light and never needs a battery, so you’ll never need to open your caseback or compromise your dive again.

Featuring a striking stainless steel casing with an azure blue aluminum bezel and matching azure blue dial, this is as classic as a dive watch gets, and it’s often available for as little as $318.

CITIZEN Promaster Skyhawk A-T

CITIZEN Promaster Skyhawk A-T

The Citizen Men’s Promaster Air Skyhawk exemplifies the pinnacle of aviator watch design making it a standout in the world of pilot watches.

Like the Promaster Dive, this model is also powered by light and never needs a battery.

But in terms of the style department, it’s got a whole different vibe going, not to mention its atomic timekeeping abilities, spanning 43 cities, as well as a perpetual calendar, dual time, and more, all on a sleek digital display embedded within the dial.

Its sleek Super Titanium body is complemented by its distinctive black dial and orange detailing. A striking piece for as low as $712.



Sleek and sporty define this particular timepiece. Built with a versatile 40mm footprint, this watch’s design is surprisingly sophisticated with its silver-tone stainless steel case and a seamlessly integrated, matching bracelet.

Beneath a layer of anti-reflective sapphire crystal, the various models of the “TSUYOSA” champion a distinctive color tone on the watch face, as well as an elegant date window.

With multiple colored faces available, fit for all tastes, this model is a steal for under $340.

CITIZEN Garrison

CITIZEN Garrison watch

If you’re looking for something a bit more subdued, yet with a vintage-inspired design, look no further. The Garrison model pays homage to the golden age of travel with its brilliant caramel brown leather strap and its classic green dial.

It also stands out as a premier field watch, combining rugged durability with reliable functionality, making it an essential accessory for outdoor enthusiasts.

Once again featuring light-powered Eco-Drive technology, you’ll never need to replace any batteries.

With extra features and details like contrast stitching, bold numbering, and a subtle date window, this is a fantastic option for under $300.



A must-have for any watch enthusiast, this PCAT is a refined take in atomic timekeeping. With a rich brown leather strap and a 43mm rose-gold tone stainless-steel case, complemented perfectly with a stylish green dial, this piece certainly gets points in the looks department.

But it does a whole lot, too, with atomic timekeeping in 43 cities, Eco-Drive technology, a perpetual calendar, a power reserve indicator, and a chronograph. Packed with this many features, it’s a wonder it only costs $506.


CITIZEN Rolan model

The Rolan from Citizen offers the ultimate classic vintage style. Its 40mm gold-tone stainless steel case houses an elegant champagne-colored dial, and the look is perfectly rounded out with an ash brown leather strap.

Advanced features include Eco-Drive technology, ensuring it’s powered by light and never requires a battery. Additionally, it boasts a day/date function for added functionality.

The best part? It’s a steal, too, for only about $280. There’s also a silver-tone and black leather version if that’s more your speed. Talk about value!

CITIZEN Promaster Dive: Model: BN0168-06L

CITIZEN Promaster Dive: Model: BN0168-06L

A more casual version of the Model: BN0191-55L featured earlier on this list, this one still packs quite a punch.

Featuring a beautiful blue and red bezel and housed in a stainless steel case, this watch is sure to garner many compliments.

Its durable blue, water-resistant polyurethane strap gives it an extra sporty look, but its features don’t lie – this is an elegant watch, especially for only about $280.

CITIZEN Super Titanium Armor

CITIZEN Super Titanium Armor watch

The Citizen Armor watch is another Eco-Drive tech gem, only the Super Titanium version offers a truly distinct and unique style. Not only is it tough, but it’s incredibly sleek and modern in its design.

The unique casing stands out especially against a bold, black dial, and even includes a subtle date window. The superior scratch resistance and hardness provided by its sapphire crystal covering lends even more tough-factor.

But don’t be fooled, this watch sure can be dressed up, and it’s available for as low as $431.

CITIZEN Peyten: Model: BM7103-51L

CITIZEN Peyten: Model: BM7103-51L

Sometimes, you just gotta have it in gold. Or gold-tone, at least.

This model of the CITIZEN Peyten comes in a beautiful gold-tone stainless steel case and bracelet, and features a striking azure blue dial that’s sure to impress anyone who catches a glimpse.

With Eco-Drive technology, there’s once again no need to get any batteries replaced. Even better – it’s available for as little as $356.

CITIZEN The Citizen: Model: AQ4103-16E

CITIZEN The Citizen: Model: AQ4103-16E

The most expensive yet premiere timepiece on this list, The Citizen watch embodies the namesake of the brand due to its sheer brilliance and wow-factor. Combining superior precision with expert craftsmanship,

This model of The Citizen features a gold color Duratect-coated Super Titanium case for superior hardness and scratch-resistance and an elegant black washi paper dial with sparkling gold leaf accents.

The glittering accents enhance the understated beauty of the dial sprinkled with gold leaf using a traditional Japanese method called Sunago-maki.

Each dial is meticulously handcrafted by master papermakers, ensuring that each dial is one-of-a-kind.

Though available in other casing color and strap varieties, you can hardly get more elegant than the classic gold and black combination.

This piece represents the very best CITIZEN has to offer – which is why it’s the most expensive model on this list, at $3,800. For everything it brings to the table, however, we think it is well worth the price of admission.

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Winding Up

CITIZEN is an excellent brand that is very well worth having on your radar, whether you’re new to watches or a seasoned veteran.

They offer some truly exceptional values and a variety of styles suited for just about every taste and budget.

We hope you found this list insightful, and hey, maybe you’ll have found your new favorite timepiece. We sure hope so.

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Red Wing Boots: Essential Styling Tips Every Man Should Know

A Mans Guide To Red Wing Boots

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Picking the correct piece of footwear can bring an outfit together.

Get it just right and nods of approval will come your way – slightly wrong and it can throw off an otherwise perfect outfit.

Here, I’ve provided a styling guide for a particularly versatile shoe, the American classic Red Wing Boot.

A long-time staple in American workwear culture, they work in a surprisingly diverse array of contexts, from workwear itself all the way to the smart side of casual.


red wing boot vintage poster

Gents, if any footwear brand has stood the test of time, it’s Red Wing.

Founded in 1905, they’ve served American heroes for over 100 years.

From the Pershing 1088, a favourite of soldiers in the trenches in WW1, to the Red Wing #708, a farmhand favourite from the 1950s onward, there’s a Red Wing for nearly every purpose.

From the 60s onwards, they increasingly entered the world of fashion, with models that catered to most social events.

While Red Wing boots are versatile, you need to pick the right one for your outfit.

Not every model is suited to every style of clothing, and it’s important to be conscious of that as a fashionable gentleman.

High Quality

red wing boots quality

Red Wing boots have long been symbolic of quality.

That same high level of attention to making workwear that lasts means those wearing Red Wing boots in a more fashionable way get boots that look great, and will look great for a long time to come.

The leather they’re made from goes through a complex 30 step process, being tanned, stretched and rolled.

When ready, the upper is fitted with a high-quality rubber sole, a staple of the Red Wing boot, printed with their Logo and grippy in a wide variety of environments.

Classic 6-Inch Red Wing Moc-Toe

Classic 6-Inch Red Wing Moc-Toe

A long time classic in the Red Wing line-up, the classic moc toe has become increasingly popular in recent years.

A result of the box-like construction is that it fits a wide variety of foot shapes surprisingly well. Those who have a wide forefoot or high instep may find them surprisingly comfortable.

They’re a popular shoe that goes with a wide variety of styles. More on the causal side of the spectrum, they pair well with jeans and a high-quality wool sweater.

Iron Ranger 8111

red wing Iron Ranger 8111 model

The boot was first designed for miners in the Minnesota Iron Range in the 1930s.

The cork in the midsole and the leather insole slowly fit to the wearer’s foot shape, leading to a naturally custom-fitted boot as it wears in.

A staple for both casual and smart casual wear, they match well with jeans and a heavy plait shirt, showing that the man wearing them is tough while comfortable, and ready to spend time on their feet in surprising comfort.

Merchant 6-In

The merchant 6-In is a great Red Wing option if you’re a man looking for a slightly unique approach to business casual.

Try pairing them with a chino pant, ideally made from a slightly thicker, more rugged fabric, and a button-down. For a more in-depth guide on choosing the right pant, check out my trouser style guide.

Adaptable and comfortable, this look will suit a wide variety of more casual work situations.

Sheldon 6-In

Sheldon 6 In

The Sheldon is an ideal option from Red Wing boots for gentlemen who enjoy a classic sports jacket.

Slightly more subtle and stylized than some of Red Wing’s other options, they bring business casual closer to the business side, and wouldn’t look entirely out of place in a country club.

The sports jacket allows for a certain sense of maturity. It shows a more serious gentleman in a specific social setting, aware of his surroundings and dressed accordingly.

To find out more about the subtleties of choosing a sports jacket, have a look at my article on the subject.

Guide to the Suit Jacket Blazer and Sports Jacket | Detailing the Differences of These Jackets

Williston Oxford

Williston Oxford

The Williston Oxford is formal enough to be worn with a two-piece suit while retaining a certain independent style.

Let me say this now – the Williston isn’t a true dress shoe, but if you’re willing to take a slightly adventurous approach to smart fashion, it could be perfect for you.

This Oxford by Red Wing can also be worn with jeans or chinos, making it another highly versatile option, potentially one of the best boots for men.

Red Wing Laces

red wing laces

Red Wing boots tend to come with both leather laces and a more traditional braided option.

Subtle style changes such as laces are a great way to add small, personalized touches to your aesthetic, showing that you’re a man with an attention to detail.

If you’re happy with the stock laces – great, they’ll serve you well, for decades if cared for. If you want laces in a slightly different color or material, you’ll be able to find them in any good shoe shop.

Make sure that the laces you buy fit the eyelets in the Red Wings you have.

Most Red Wings have thin laces, and wouldn’t fit wider, flat laces, even if you decided the style was appropriate for your circumstances.


goodyear welt

An important care and styling note is that you should make sure you get these shoes re-soled in good time.

Having shoes with worn-down soles is never a good look. It displays a lack of care, a certain contentedness with having possessions that are no longer in their prime.

Aside from the styling notes, if you leave it too long before getting your Red Wings resoled, it may no longer be possible.

Once the leather starts to wear through, shoes can no longer be fixed with new soles, and it might be necessary to buy new boots.

Red Wing themselves offer a shoe resoling service, available in most of their stores.

Leather Care

Keeping Suede Clean And Maintained brush shoes

As with any leather product, it needs to be cared for if you want it to last, and want to look great while wearing them.

Each different type of leather requires a slightly different care approach, necessitating different brushes, oils, and cloths.

To read more on the subject, have a look at my guide on cleaning, conditioning, and polishing leather.

In Conclusion

So, gents, as you can see, there’s a Red Wing boot for nearly every look.

From casual all the way to two-piece suits, what was once a work boot manufacturer now makes an option for almost all scenarios.

If you look after your Red Wings, they’ll last you for years, giving you a high-quality and comfortable set of footwear you’ll likely come to love.

For more advice on choosing the right shoe for your outfit, take a look at my article on the first 5 shoes I’d buy if I rebuilt my wardrobe.

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By: Antonio Centeno
Title: Red Wing Boots: Essential Styling Tips Every Man Should Know
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