When it comes to footwear there’s two types in our minds: Vans and Boots. For most of life’s daily duties, an Old Skool or Sk8-Hi will do just fine. For getting outside, looking sharp, shoveling snow, etc, a sturdy pair of well-made boots is the better option. We’ve tested everything from the latest Danner design to Hoka hikers that look straight out of the future, and the common factor is a balance of design, craftsmanship, and functionality. These two new boots latest from Taylor Stitch fall firmly among the ranks.

The Trench Boot is as clean as can be—like a classic Indy Boot, but without the toe top stitching, with a reinforced heel, and at half the price. It’s elegant enough for the finest holiday function, but built rugged with a weatherproofed suede, beefy Vibram sole, and a Goodyear Storm Welt, just in case you want to take ‘em off road. We’ll take a size 10.5. Thanks.

While the Trench is an instant classic, the Hiker may need to work a bit harder, thanks to an unorthodox low cut. But hey, no one worth listening to ever said conformity was the right route, so we’ll give these “boots” a platform and let you decide their lasting power.

Height aside, the vibe is all right, and the red accent is perfect. Featuring the same weatherproof suede, a gussied tongue to keep water and debris out, and similarly constructed with a re-buildable Goodyear Storm Welt and Vibram sole, these hikers are quite literally made to last as long as you do.

Can't beat quality and good looks together.