Good boot alternatives to AE Daltons for Midwestern weather?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by hyakku, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. hyakku

    hyakku Senior member

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    Jan 10, 2011
    I did a few searches and haven't found any good information on this topic. I'm looking to invest in some wingtip boots that can be worn fairly casually and for semi-formal occasions (think business casual for a law firm). I initially intended on just biting the bullet and buying the Daltons, but as I'll be in Michigan for the next three years (which isn't in the Midwest, but definitely shares that weather), fall and winters now mean rain and snow (something I hadn't considered coming from LA and to a lesser extent NY). I'm not sure I want to invest in Daltons just yet, especially with their leather sole likely going to take a beating in the rain and snow. With that said, I'm looking for some alternatives (cheaper preferred, but not absolutely necessary) with a decent rubber sole that isn't too gaudy. I pictured something like this except in a lighter color, maybe closer to walnut:


    Unfortunately, they are no longer available, and even if they were, I'm not sure I'd want that dark of a color. They did have an attractive price of $150, and knowing that these likely won't make it past these next three years, I'm hesitant on investing in Daltons. Does anyone have any suggestions? While I definitely do have a serious preference for wingtips, I'm also willing to consider some cap toe or plain toe alternatives.

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