Every gentleman should own at least one pair of short boots. Both sole and upper should be made of leather in . They should reflect his ability as a man of action when required and as a man of substance regardless. With this in mind, examine the Jodhpur boot.
I am going to make a clear distinction between the Jodhpur and both the paddock and Chelsea boots, and we’ll examine them both at another time, as they are also both fit to occupy a gentleman’s footwear wardrobe.
The Jodhpur boot is descended from the earlier forms of riding boots, and has evolved into stylish footwear. The Jodhpur is a low, ankle boot with a strap and buckle fastener. When selecting your Jodhpur I implore you to abstain from any that contain a zipper down the inside. While the zipper makes the boot easy to put on and remove it also cheapens its appearance and makes the strap and buckle a mere ornament. A gentleman should always be mindful of elements of his dress that contain only ornamentation and have no purpose lest he slip into foppishness.
The Jodhpur boot is perfect for formal dress and casual, and most suited to events outdoors. I find them very fit for driving manual vehicles, especially convertibles, and for active social engagements. Adding a pair of Jodhpurs to your outfit lets you move from one activity to another without having to change your footwear. Think of them as a gentleman’s cross trainers.
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Article first published as The Gentlemens Cross Trainers – The Jodhpur on Technorati.