So, here's my first pair of whole cut chelseas. I have been interested in this style for some time but the patterns and the shape of the crimping board needed are not all that intuitive...at least not for me. The board was relatively easy although it took some work and some experimentation with coordinating the shape of the board with the patterns before I was able to make two "real' boards.
I won't claim that this is my best work. These were my first attempt and were intended as a "proof of concept" more than anything else. I see the problems...three of them I'll fix in the next pair.
Whole cut chelsea, marginal, full grain veg retan calf, one inch heel. The liner is actually two-piece and seamed at the side ...no seam in the back...thus reinforcing the backseam in the uppers.