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The Chelsea Boot. It's a classic, and no one can argue it. A simple yet defining design that is instantly recognisable has ensured that this piece of footwear remains a top contender. It finds its roots deep within Victorian England, and were invented by Queen Victoria's boot maker. Since then, they have become the signature of many different groups, but one thing always remains the same; they are exceptionally comfortable. Whether you like your Chelsea's to be a pair of Docs, or you want to try something new, there is a perfect rendition of this traditional design just waiting for you. It's time to get comfortable again.
How to Choose a Pair of Chelsea Boots
Finding the right pair of Chelsea boots is a whole other task, and you need to decide if you want something traditional or a little new. That's why this section exists, to help you try and figure out what you are looking for and the kind of things you should be thinking about when you go to buy a pair.
The budget you have available is probably the most important thing here. After all, you can't really decide on a pair without it. You need to assess how flexible your budget is, and whether or not it works with the kind of boot you have in mind. However, one of the best things about this step is that it will help to narrow down your choices and make the decision process a little easier.
A pair of Chelsea boots should always be made with vulcanised rubber as this is the original material that caused the boot to become one that you can just slide on and off. That all important elastic area on the side of the boot is made from vulcanised rubber. As a result, the only boots that can be called Chelsea boots are made with this, models that feature zippers on the side are not Chelsea boots in any way, shape, or form.
One of the defining features of the Chelsea boot is the fact that they are very close fitting, despite the ease of putting them on and taking them off. The flexibility in this boot should only be found on the side panel, and never the instep. As a result, it is essential to get a boot that matches your foot size perfectly and, essentially, fits your foot like a glove.
The classic colour for a Chelsea boot is black with a leather lining. If you are purchasing your first pair, then it is recommended you go for black, as this is the colour the boots look best in. Of course, you are free to choose any colour or style you wish, but black offers the best and most classic look.
Things to Look for
When you are looking for a pair of Chelsea boots, make sure you are buying the pair that is right for you. Here are some of the things to look for.
Traditionally, you will find that Chelsea boots feature leather soles. If you want to go for a classic look that encapsulates the original appearance and style of the Chelsea boot, then make sure you go for leather soles. However, there are many manufacturers who offer a variety of different types of sole to suit a range of needs and situations – so don’t feel restricted by the classic leather look.
The uppers of the Chelsea boot should be made from box calf leather. This is the most commonly used material and is also the traditional one, especially as it can provide a little more protection from wet weather. However, it is also acceptable to invest in a boot that has a suede upper instead. If the boot has an upper made from any other material, then it is likely not a real Chelsea boot.
All that’s left is to choose the perfect pair for you. Take a look at our Chelsea boot reviews for some of our favourite models.
Further Chelsea Boot Models
Here are some of the other great Chelsea boots that we reckon will keep your feet comfortable and well protected.
Oaktrak Winterhill Leather Chelsea Men’s Dealer Derby Boots Black Tan Bordo Brown Oxblood
These Chelsea boots have a comfort air sole to keep you moving throughout the day without getting sore feet. They are made from leather (with a leather upper), and feature a textile lining for extra comfort while you are walking. These boots are excellent quality and made with a close comfort fit, making them an excellent example of the traditional boot. Featured in an oak brown and with a reasonable price tag, you might want to take these into consideration.
Ted Baker Camroon 4, Men's Chelsea Boots
These dark brown boots from Ted Baker are made from leather, with a leather upper. They slide onto the feet comfortably and feature a close fit, alongside an embossed side strip on the elasticated area. This makes for a fun and funky twist on the classic design and appearance. The leather lining is richly coloured, and the boots also feature a rubber heel top piece in an accent colour. A pair of designer boots at a designer price, but with a lot of style and pizazz.
To Conclude - Best Chelsea Boots
After taking a look at a selection of the best Chelsea boots on the market, we hope that you are able to make a clearer and more informed choice. Whether you want a boot in the traditional black, brown, or a slightly less common colour, it’s listed here for you. We even have the choice of traditional Chelsea boots as well as those with a slightly modern twist, so every style can be catered to. As always, we have ensured that a number of price ranges are carefully catered for, allowing everyone to enjoy a pair of these classic English boots. We know that your perfect pair is here, and we can't wait for you to get them on your feet.
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