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  • Gentlemen's Shoe Dictionary

Looking for a handy guide to get to know your shoes? The infographic above, along with the following shortlist will provide you an overview of the shoe types every man should remember.


Chukka boots or turf boots are ankle-length leather boots with leather or rubber soles and two or three pairs of eyelets for lacing. The style first became popular in the late 1940s through the 1960s as casual wear. In the 21st century, Chukkas persist as a popular menswear shoe that can be worn with both suits and more casual wear like jeans.

In the picture: Amble's Chukka Brown Canvas


A boot is a type of footwear and a specific type of shoe. Most boots mainly cover the foot and the ankle and extend up the leg, sometimes as far as the knee or even the hip. Most boots have a heel that is clearly distinguishable from the rest of the sole, even if the two are made of one piece. Boots are worn both for their functionality – protecting the foot and leg from water, snow, mud or hazards or providing additional ankle support for strenuous activities – and for reasons of style and fashion.

In the picture: Amble's Phoenix Dark Brown


Desert boot is a form of boots worn by British forces in the Western Desert Campaign of World War II. Desert boots were officially introduced to the world by name with the debut of the Clarks Desert Boot at the 1949 Chicago Shoe Fair. After feature coverage in Esquire magazine, their popularity took off.

In the picture: Amble's Chopper Black

High-top Sneakers

The high-top is a shoe that extends significantly over the wearer's ankle. It is commonly an athletic shoe, particularly for basketball. It is sometimes confused with the slightly shorter mid-top, which typically extends no higher than the wearer's ankle. High-tops also should not be confused with shorter-length boots such as ankle boots, since high-tops usually refer to athletic shoes, although can also refer to other above-ankle shoes such as some hiking boots.

In the picture: Amble's Phoenix Navy Canvas