I've always loved the look of jodhpur boots. Am I confident on how to exactly pronounce jodhpur yet? No chance - but I know I like the style and versatility they can bring to your wardrobe. Dressed up or dressed down, they're a great accent piece and conversation starter. Check out more about this great pair of boots, specifically by Southern Gents, and let me know if you own some or feel like this helped convince you to buy some!
If you're like me, you've seen Jodhpur boots but aren't really sure what they are or how they came to be. Well, it turns out, they're named for a city in India and they originated alongside the Jodhpur pants. This allowed men play polo without wearing knee high boots.
Over time, the goofy pants were pushed aside, but the Jodhpur boots became a mainstay. The boot carved out its own place in the pantheon of classic mens boots. Check out this very informative write up by Gentleman's Gazette for more info on the Jodhpur boots.
Southern Gents Jodphur Boots Materials and Construction
Now, along with being a classic silhouette the Jodhpur boots by Southern Gents are very well-made. Here is the "ingredient" break down of the boots themselves, taken from the Southern Gents website:
Slim Rounded Toe
Handmade in Spain
Stainless Steel Buckle
Extended Ankle Strap
Blake Quality Construction
Full Grain Calf Skin Leather
When I first put on the boots, they were admittedly a little snug. I normally wear a size 10 in Nike/Adidas, while 9.5 in Red Wing boots and various other brands. I wasn't totally sure what size to buy in Jodhpur boots simply because I had never owned any. They're a very specific and unique look, too, so I wanted to be sure my investment was going to fit.
So I ordered a size 9 knowing the leather would eventually stretch, ideally making them an every day wear and something I can look forward to wearing every day. As they continue to stretch, though still a bit snug, I know they'll eventually be much more form-fitting and will become a piece I can wear every day.
The most recognizable part of Jodhpur boots is the strap and buckle that wrap around the ankle and help tighten the boot. The straps are sewn into the front top piece of the boot, and wrap around a loop in the back before buckling on the lateral side of the boot.
The buckle hardware is a shiny silver that provides a great contrasting addition to the boot itself. The strap and tightening of the strap are easy enough to learn and get used to, but are obviously a bit more cumbersome than something you can simply slip on and head out the door. I'm a fan of not buckling the strap as it gives the boot a bit more flair, however the strap then eventually falls out of the back. It just isn't a practical way to wear them, however cool it might look.
The heel is a combination wood and rubber as you can see in the photo above. The upper almost bleeds onto the midsole as the coloring doesn't miss a beat, again, as seen in the photo above. The rubber part on the heel is a welcomed addition at least for someone who likes to wear the boot more loosely as the rubber will wear down as opposed to wood. Plus, rubber is more comfortable to stand on than wood.
Overall, I think materials and construction are very good for the price point and compete well with leaders in the market segment.
Pricing and Styling the Jodhpur Boot
The Jodhpur styles well with outfits similar to those that style well with Chelsea boots. Though a bit more pointed and having the obvious strap, the Jodhpur boot and Chelsea boot have a very similar look to them, making them each very stylish in similar situations.
As you can see in the photo above, Jodhpur boots pair best with slim or tailored wear denim or chinos. The skinnier the pants, the better these boots will look.
The Jodhpur boots by Southern Gents come in at a very agreeable and reasonable price of $250 per pair. I'm not entirely sure what the average price for Jodhpur boots are, however I've seen some as high as $1,575, so $250 is a steal. Especially when you consider the build, the make, and the look of the $250 boots and how similar they are to competitors.
Love the silohuette and look of the boot itself
Very agreeable price point for these specific boots
Goes well with a lot of pieces in my wardrobe
A bit tight at first
A "look" - be prepared to get good and bad feedback
Floppy strap can fall out of holder if boots are worn loosely