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Jodhpur boots are a classic lace-up style, harking back to colonial India for their inspiration. British soldiers had introduced riding and polo as pursuits from their home; faced with the hot climate, they simply cut off the high shaft of their classic riding boots and created footwear that is still worn today – and not only by riders. These boots cut as stylish a figure with an office suit as they do with more casual outfits.
While classic riding boots are usually slip-on, modern buckled ankle boots generally have a concealed zipper on the inside to ease them on and off more smoothly. In addition, the zipper allows for a closer fit and creates a slimmer, more elegant form. Slip-on boots need a roomier ankle to allow the foot to enter; they are often regarded as more comfortable. The buckle is usually merely decorative, not functional.
Buckled boots add a dash of casual elegance, and should be teamed with outfits that reflect this. Quintessential British style teams them with slim wool pants plus a shirt, sleeveless sweater and quilted jacket. What about colours? Jodhpur boots in Black or Chestnut are always a good choice.