I'm a boots guy. I like footwear that has a good grip, keeps me warm and protects my ankles. My boots of choice are Doc Marten's (DMs), specifically the Airware boot - the ones with a bounce in their soles. They're rugged, comfortable and the air-filled sole keeps them light.
In the decades I've spent in the global corporate world, where dress codes enforce hierarchies and where status often comes from made to measure shirts and expensive shoes, my small act of rebellion has been to wear DMs with my suit. They literally kept me grounded, reminding me that this was a world I was visiting and would never be my natural habitat.
DMs aren't just boots. They are part of a specific cultural heritage which I think is expressed with playful enthusiasm and great accuracy by this poem by Brian Bilston