Probably because they’re not boots at all.
A transitional wardrobe (like the one you're going to be rocking in about a month's time) requires a shoe fit to handle all scenarios. Lightweight sneakers are too breezy and susceptible to inclement autumn weather. Traditional boots will just create a sweatbox around your toes. That's where sneakerboots come in. And though the idea of the Chelsea boot–sneaker mash-up is nothing new, an up-and-coming designer named Fabrice Tardieu has managed to breathe new life into the hybrid.
Tardieu, who resides in Miami, launched his self-titled label in 2014 after spending years in France working sales at Giorgio Armani (so you can be sure he knows a thing about luxury and making stuff people want). These days the brand is available at Neiman Marcus, a store that also knows about luxury and selling top-tier products.
Tardieu's sneakerboot—which is dubbed the "Hugo"—comes in several bold colorways. But for us, the silhouette of the style has more than enough pizzazz. That's why we think the standout of Tardieu's offering is this black suede/nylon version that's got the luxury of an Italian-made boot and the forward-thinking tech of a sneaker. Put that design on a classic sneaker sole (tweaked ever so slightly with a sharktooth bottom for a dash more flair), and you've got a shoe that's ready for jeans, trousers, and even a slim black suit.