Even in a climate as clement as Dubai's a pair of heavy-duty black boots are an essential part of your wardrobe.
Every man should own a pair of black boots - and it's a point on which the menswear designers agree for AW19.
From the commando boots with built in spats shown at Dior (very Bert of Mary Poppins fame "guvna'"), to the hardcore paratrooper styles shown at British label Church's (where else could you expect to find boots which look combat-ready than at the 146-year-old company?); this season it's all about getting your feet ready for the trenches...even if you only plan on jumping in puddles.
When it comes to wearing your own pair of big, bad, black boots this winter (see our edit below, for some excellent inspo), we would advise taking your cue from either Daniel Lee, the creative director at Bottega Veneta, or a dark wizard.
The former, after all, has been pedalling his quasi-military monochromatic message at the Veneto-based brand for the past few seasons (and it's a look which feels both contemporary and sexy), while the latter - despite being entirely fictional - really knows how to dress.
The key to getting the look right? Team a close-cut trouser (furnished with a little extra room at the waist and a taper at the base of the leg) with a voluminous overcoat in a tonal hue - and always remember, the more black you can throw at your outfit, the better.
Boots by Church's, $975 at church-footwear.com
Boots by Bottega Veneta, $990 at bottegaveneta.com
Boots by Dior, $1100 at dior.com
Hiking boots by Coach X Michael B. Jordan, $319 at coach.com
Boots by Prada, $816 at prada.com
Boots by Gucci, $1094 at gucci.com
Boots by Russell & Bromley, $310 at russellandbromley.com
Boots by Ralph Lauren, $222 at ralphlauren.co.uk