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The "Chelsea" Boot

post #1 of 21
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I purchased a pair of 'Chelsea' boots by Tod's from the Barney's sale last year at 1/2 price. While I never thought that was a great style, they are comfortable. I now see that everyone makes a Chelsea boot, and it is no longer reserved for the Italian or European shomakers. By Chelsea boot, I am referring to the mid-height style that has an elastic strip on either side in liu of laces or alternate fasteners. It is extremely comfortable and versatile. I have worn with jeans, pants and suits. What is the wigh in on this style, and do you like them? example: http://www.eshopone.com/images/mens-...boot-brown.jpg
post #2 of 21
Love 'em. I've got a pair of Kurt Geigers, with a split-toe in black, and a pointier pair of Donald Pliners in brown. They're pretty versatile, but I think they work best if you're going for a mod-ish look; skinny pants/tie and a slim jacket.
post #3 of 21
I was wearing a very comfortable pair in soft black leather from Grenson today. I also have a pair in chestnut brown, and some from RM Williams of Australia, in dark brown kangaroo leather. They seem to go with almost every style of dress.
post #4 of 21
I have a pair in black and a pair in brown. So should everybody.
post #5 of 21
I have a waterproof goretex pair in black. I think they are *great*. Not good for the summer, but great for wet/winter months. -boston
post #6 of 21
They're particularly useful when flying: easy to get on and off while going through security at the airport.
post #7 of 21
My dad used to wear the Chelsea models with the zipper on the side.  They were a staple of his wardrobe from the late '60s until the late '80s.   I actually like the look, though I wouldn't have been caught dead in them when he was wearing them (nobody wants to dress exactly like dear old Dad when they're a teenager). The modern ones seem a little cooler than the ones from a few years ago.  I've fancied a pair from R.M. Williams for a while.
post #8 of 21
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I've fancied a pair from R.M. Williams for a while.
You may like to look at this site: Boots Online I have ordered from them several times and had excellent service; their prices are certainly much lower than anywhere in UK, though I don't know how they compare with US-based suppliers.
post #9 of 21
Some of those RM Williams Chelseas look really nice. What's the word on quality of their best?
post #10 of 21
I've never bought any Chelsea boots because I was always afraid the elastic on the side would wear out. I had some loafers with little elastic straps that wore out; it was unsightly. Can anybody put my mind at ease? Is there such a thing as high quality elastic?
post #11 of 21
RM Williams quality is fine. I bought mine on a recommendation from an Australian friend who has had a pair for years, which have been resoled several times. The side elastics can be replaced by a good cobbler.
post #12 of 21
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RM Williams quality is fine.  I bought mine on a recommendation from an Australian friend who has had a pair for years, which have been resoled several times.   The side elastics can be replaced by a good cobbler.
On par with EG? C&J? etc....?
post #13 of 21
I can only compare RM Williams to brands I know; I would say they are comparable with Loake.
post #14 of 21
Mine is a Weston 705 (old style, not the new square-toe last). Wholecut (no seam below the elastic), single sole. I would really want to order another from Weston, a grain leather, double sole, in black, as my rain shoe.
post #15 of 21
they call this a 'cuban heel.' is this just an australian moniker, or something ideosyncratic to r.m.williams, or is that an industry standard name? nice selection of boots there.
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