We all know that a good pair of boots goes a long way. Or makes us go a long way if you will. On top of that it’s always nice stumbling on something new, something that hasn’t quite been done that way before. But how do you combine a desire for invention of something unique with a artisan craftsmanship so traditional that it seems merely impossible? Ariat’s Two24 collection does exactly that. The American bootmaker released a premium boot collection inspired by “Secretariat,” the greatest racehorse of all time, with a world record time of 2 minutes and 24 seconds – thus the name. I think the influences of the inspiration are quite obviously visible, while not overpowering the classic boots. I’ve got two pairs for you, which I styled two different ways: a lace-up and a Chelsea boot.
Let’s start off with the Two24 Claremont boot. The black upper combines suede with two different leathers, on a dark brown sole accentuated by white triple crown stitching. The placement of those materials is what make the boot interesting, especially in combination with the wingtip and brogue detailing on the boots. The slender silhouette which wraps around the ankle makes the shoe quite versatile in its degree of sophistication, and allows more modern, slimmer cuts on your pant of choice.
I chose to style the look with skinny black jeans, a minimal and clean, yet more rugged choice than chinos or dress pants. A caramel colored turtleneck underneath a beautiful double-breasted overcoat leave us with a combination both rugged and refined, picking up the boot’s original vibes.
Second up we have the Two24 Maxwell Chelsea boot. Here, the race inspiration is a bit more obvious, reminiscent of a cowboy boot, but in as minimal a way as possible. The gorgeous cognac leather will allow the shoe to wear in nicely (I can vouch for that even just having worn them once … I even said it out loud to Nathan as we returned from shooting and watched my feet as I walked) and is a great staple color for this all. The boot opening is wider than anything comparable I have in my closet, a more classic fit around the ankle which I had to get used to when styling the boot.
It inspired me to create a look similar to what Nathan would wear. He was in love with the boots as well, and I naturally gravitated to my Simon Miller jeans which are always a go-to-choice for earth colored, worn-in looks, and also happen to be a favorite of Nathan’s. So I decided to keep the theme going, went with a simple white t-shirt, a cream colored denim jacket, as well as a blue bandana to finish the look of and try to find my own version of “The Bangarang Look.” End-result: very happy with it.
If I sparked your interest, check out the lace-ups here, and the Chelsea boots here, or take a look at the whole collection right here. At the end of the post you’ll find the outfit links, as per usual! Thanks guys! – Marcel
Photography by Nathan McCallum with a Nikon D750 in Partnership with Clark’s
FIRST I’M WEARING:
Lace-Up Boots by ARIAT | Shop here
Winter Coat by Vince | Shop here
T-Shirt by Topman | Similar here
Jeans by Simon Miller | Shop here
Watch by Apple | Shop here
Backpack by Coach | Shop here
THEN I’M WEARING:
Chelsea Boots by ARIAT | Shop here
Puffer Vest by Abercrombie | Shop here
Shirt by Zara | Shop here
Chinos by Boglioli | Similar here
Watch by Triwa | Shop here
Bag by S.T.Dupont | Shop here
Specs by Warby Parker | Shop here