If you're looking for a pair of boots, get the Clarks. They're not as slim as they look in the advertising photos—they have thick, heavy crÃªpe soles, and a broad, plodding cut. They also run between a half and full size bigger than most shoes, so size down. If you want something you can wear instead of blÃ¼chers, get the chukkas from Loake or Grenson or Tricker's. I suggest the Clarks if you want something to wear with jeans when you'd otherwise wear sneakers or heavier boots. Then if you decide you want something more elegant, pick up another pair from one of the better brands.