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I am about to order a pair of brown C&J Chelsea 5's. These will be for jeans 95% of the time. Should I go leather or rubber sole? I am leaning towards rubber for the durability in the various weather climates and for the more "solid" look with jeans. Thoughts? Any reason I shouldnt go with the brown?
post #2 of 24
I'd go for the leather. I think it's more elegant.
post #3 of 24
If they're for jeans that have even a moderate bootcut I'd go with dainite to add a bit more substance. My C&J Chelseas have a leather sole and it's just a bit too sleek, in my opinion, for 'streetwear'. I reserve them for dress and casual trousers.
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I think it depends on the formality of your style. I usually wear a sport coat with jeans so leather-soled chelsea boots work better with what I normally wear. If I wore lots of hoodies or something, I'd probably choose differently. dan
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I would say leather can be dressed both up and down - whereas rubber tends to be harder to dress up. So, at least in my opinion, leather is more versatile. I will agree that rubber holds up better to fouler weather. I think the brown is great - I have both black and brown.
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If they're for jeans that have even a moderate bootcut I'd go with dainite to add a bit more substance. My C&J Chelseas have a leather sole and it's just a bit too sleek, in my opinion, for 'streetwear'. I reserve them for dress and casual trousers.
I completely agree, and will move this thread to streetwear and denim, where it belongs. When will you guys learn?
post #7 of 24
Bah, I disagree with LAG. Dark wash Helmut Lang jeans, black chelsea boots with a leather sole, and a lightweight cotton Cucinelli knit is NOT streetwear. More like contemporary urban for those adverse to business casual...
post #8 of 24
Are these good for business casual (odd trouser/jacket no-tie) wear? I don't have any, but am intrigued by the CJ website. Do folks get them through Pediwear or someone in the US?
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Are these good for business casual (odd trouser/jacket no-tie) wear? I don't have any, but am intrigued by the CJ website. Do folks get them through Pediwear or someone in the US?
I'm going for monkstraps as versatile shoes that can be worn with anything from jeans to a suit (though that would be breaking the rules). PLAL sells CJ Handgrades for $394.50, if you can wait. They quote as long as 2 months for shoes not in stock (I don't think the CJ Handgrade line includes a Chelsea boot, so the Chelseas would be cheaper). http://www.plal.com/products.htm
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Bah, I disagree with LAG.  Dark wash Helmut Lang jeans, black chelsea boots with a leather sole, and a lightweight cotton Cucinelli knit is NOT streetwear.  More like contemporary urban for those adverse to business casual...
Helmut Lang jeans is jeans, is denim.
post #11 of 24
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Are these good for business casual (odd trouser/jacket no-tie) wear? I don't have any, but am intrigued by the CJ website. Do folks get them through Pediwear or someone in the US?
Polo Ralph Lauren occasionally has chelsea boots from the benchmade lines by C&J, along with Ralph's usual markup (30-60% over Pediwear, or 600 to 750 the stores versus $425-475 for pediwear). However, the Polo badged versions are more likely to be discounted or available on the US Ebay site than the Pediwear versions (Pediwear ran 30-50 GBP sales on the boots during the winter sale period). And of course, no risk of customs hold-ups for purchases in the US.
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(Mr Checks @ May 19 2005,10:54) Are these good for business casual (odd trouser/jacket no-tie) wear? I don't have any, but am intrigued by the CJ website. Do folks get them through Pediwear or someone in the US?
I'm going for monkstraps as versatile shoes that can be worn with anything from jeans to a suit (though that would be breaking the rules).   PLAL sells CJ Handgrades for $394.50, if you can wait.  They quote as long as 2 months for shoes not in stock (I don't think the CJ Handgrade line includes a Chelsea boot, so the Chelseas would be cheaper). http://www.plal.com/products.htm
There's a C&J handgrade chelsea boot on the french site.... which seems to have an expanded list of handgrades (including a double monk). No idea if you can order from France, though. Perhaps you could special order from England?
post #13 of 24
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Bah, I disagree with LAG.  Dark wash Helmut Lang jeans, black chelsea boots with a leather sole, and a lightweight cotton Cucinelli knit is NOT streetwear.  More like contemporary urban for those adverse to business casual...
Agreed.  The topic is about chelsea boots, not jeans, and C&J chelseas certainly don't constitute streetwear.
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(norcaltransplant @ May 19 2005,13:42) Bah, I disagree with LAG.  Dark wash Helmut Lang jeans, black chelsea boots with a leather sole, and a lightweight cotton Cucinelli knit is NOT streetwear.  More like contemporary urban for those adverse to business casual...
Agreed.  The topic is about chelsea boots, not jeans, and C&J chelseas certainly don't constitute streetwear.
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I am about to order a pair of brown C&J Chelsea 5's. These will be for jeans 95% of the time. Should I go leather or rubber sole? I am leaning towards rubber for the durability in the various weather climates and for the more "solid" look with jeans.
Considering the original post, I must disagree.
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Agreed.  The topic is about chelsea boots, not jeans, and C&J chelseas certainly don't constitute streetwear.
Considering the original post, I must disagree.
Put it this way -- I bet even Manton owns a pair of chelsea boots.  
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