A great pair of boots is a foundational part of developing an intentional, versatile personal style. Having multiple pairs in different colors (brown, tan, gray, or black), leathers (smooth, suede, or roughout), and styles (plain toe, Chelsea, moc-toe, or chukka) will fill out your wardrobe, providing near unlimited combinations.
The problem? A nice-looking pair of boots isn't cheap – and having multiple pairs? Forget about it.
That's why we've pulled together our favorite 34 pairs of quality boots under $200 in a mix of colors, leathers, and styles. Which do you like the most?
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By Andrew Snavely
Thursday Boot Olive Suede Cap-toe
Living in LA, these are easily my most worn boots when heading out in the evening. These suede cap-toes are actually a subtle olive, which means they play well with browns, but also look great with a black leather jacket. Because of their low profile they can be worn more put-together on a date or with dark denim and a t-shirt thanks to the rough texture and cap-toe.
Allen Edmonds USA Made Ranier Boot
Allen Edmonds, $199
The quality and history of Allen Edmonds needs no introduction. Unfortunately, they're usually a bit of an investment. These handsome moc toe boots are normally $445, so at $245 off and with a lot of sizes still available, it's a sale to jump on.
Chippewa 6″ USA Made Boot
These boots are a go-to for me anytime I want a comfortable boot but don't know what I'm getting into: They're the only pair of boots I packed for my trip to Newfoundland last year. Built strong enough to get down to work and sharp enough to wear with a casual rugged outfit. Looking for something a little more smart casual? Opt for the Chippewa Service Boot.
Timberland Waterproof Port Union
An updated version of the Timberland West Haven I picked up a few years ago and have featured plenty of times. And with good reason, they're super comfortable and waterproof and look smart dressed up or down.
Take the spongey, unique look of a natural rubber sole from a pair of Clarks and the streamlined design of a slim Chelsea boot and you have the Italian-made Bitflex. Is it casual? Is it dressy? The perfect boot doesn't have a clear answer.
Thorogood Made in USA Plain Toe
The round toe version of the same moc toe boots I have and we've featured over and over since first reviewing them in 2014. A budget alternative to Red Wings, but still American heritage.
See how to wear them: Live Action Getup: Facing West