Ah, the Chelsea boot: one of the hardest working shoes in my wardrobe. Versatile (find a great black pair and they go with EVERYTHING), comfortable (particularly with the addition of a rubber sole) and easy (no laces!) – what’s not to love? The Chelsea’s USP – that elastic gusset in place of laces – also lends itself to some cool design options, whether that’s using a contrasting colour or replacing the elastic with a concertina of leather instead. Shiny leather will make them look super smart; choose oiled leather or suede and you’ve got a much more relaxed vibe.
A new pair landed at En Brogue HQ this week from lovely British brand Dukes Boots, who you might remember from when we collaborated on a pair of Chelsea boots a couple of years ago. They’re incredibly comfy (see that chunky rubber outsole) and I love the unusual combination of olive green with grey. They’ve also got my initials stamped on the side, which is an easy option to add to your purchase if you like things personalised. They just launched online today, so are brand spanking new!
One of the best things about Chelsea boots is that there is so much choice for so many different purposes. My Grenson Alice boots (4) with their big Vibram white sole have seen me through at least five winters, even keeping me looking smart and warm at Copenhagen Fashion Week. I wear my Blundstone boots (7) every day without fail to walk the dog, while still looking put together enough to nip into the pub after a Sunday ramble.
A lightweight pair in a pale colour, like these from & Other Stories (6) and Free People (8), are a good option for the summer months and wouldn’t look too harsh with bare legs and a skirt. While opting for chic black from Arket (3) or Madewell (13) will give you the perfect partner for black cropped tailored trousers.
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8.Free People Mountain Peak Chelsea boots, £128 (freepeople.com); 9. Northern Cobbler Coding boots, £195 (northerncobbler.com); 10. Russell & Bromley Cadogan brogue Chelsea boots, £225 (russellandbromley.co.uk)
Depending on where the top of the boots falls on your legs, it’s totally possible to wear ankle boots with skirts, too. These lovely boots from Joules (12) are a little too tall for me with a bare leg, for example, but I’d definitely entertain the idea of Common Projects’ suede safari-style (11) with a summer dress. My go-to look with Chelsea boots nearly always, though, is with turned up Levi’s, a hint of a snazzy sock and a Crombie-style coat. You can’t go wrong. As usual, I’ve found three outfits that I think would look great with Chelsea boots – so scroll down!
11.Common Projects suede Chelsea boots, £350 (net-a-porter.com); 12. Joules Westbourne Chelsea boots, £140 (joules.com; available in 8 colours); 13. R.M. Williams Adelaide boots, £375.03 (madewell.com); 14. Monki chunky Chelsea boots, £40 (monki.com)
15. Oliver Sweeney Chelsea boots, £299 (oliversweeney.com)
FOR A SMART BLACK PAIR
FOR A PALE SUEDE PAIR
FOR A CHUNKY RUBBER SOLED PAIR