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This past weekend i went shopping for chelsea boots, but to my surprise came back empty handed. I went to Barneys and Saks in NYC. Do they stop putting them out because of the summer comming up; will they be back on the shelves in the fall? Is this an appropriate look for summer or is it more of a winter/fall thing? Should i keep looking or hold out for the fall lines?
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Chelsea boots are primarily a fall thing, although personally, I think that, if they are slim enough, they are a viable evening option year round. They have been coming back every fall season for a couple of seasons now, and looking at the 2002-2003 fall season, I don't see an abatement in their popularity. Try Century 21 or similar stores that might carry backstock. The advantage is that you'll get them at a considerable discount this time of year if you can find them. On a related note, I feel that footwear options are rather more limited in summer - you've got basically your choice of sandels, which have limited usage, especially off the beach, and loafers, which, despite whatever image GQ and other fashion magazines try to push, remind me of the terrible East Coast preppy look, or the MC Hammer years. Actually, I find that I am more of a winter guy, in terms of style, colours and fabrics, and I generally wear fall season clothes even in the summer, editing more wardrobe to emphasize the lighter (material and colour) pieces. Light fabrics and I just don't generally agree. I've never gotten to like the feel of linen over cotton for example. It would be interesting to hear other people's take on this.
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loafers, which, despite whatever image GQ and other fashion magazines try to push, remind me of the terrible East Coast preppy look, or the MC Hammer years.
Please let me clear up a misconception. This is a New England preppy look. At Myrtle Beach, Destin, or even Atlanta you won't find half of the people you would expect wearing loafers. Ugh.
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Mike: There are a number of boots available on web sites...I can try and dig them up for you...
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I bought a pair of black Kenneth Cole Chelsea boots not long ago.  I'm not sure if they're currently on the shelves of his stores, but I know you can easily buy it from his catalog, and probably online too.   Like most of his stuff in my opinion (I know there's been sort of a backlash against him recently, most likely because his stuff is everywhere), I still think his shoes offer a good blend of style, workmanship, and value. And I think Chelsea boots can be perfectly appropriate in the summer in the right setting (Beach: no,  Dinner on the town at night: yes).  After all, the Chelsea boot may be best known for the rugged variety worn by outback ranch-hands and cowboys in Australia, where its always hot and sunny
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Is it still tough to find boots in the summer at a non-clearance/outlet type store? I may have to pick up a pair soon for a trip and am hoping I wont have to hunt around too much
post #7 of 14
Summer boots?

How about some R M Williams suede ones ?

Only dress boots I know of that actually look good with shorts.
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Good grief, that threat is over nine years old! - That resurrection surely beats the one of Lazarus!
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Good grief, that threat is over nine years old! - That resurrection surely beats the one of Lazarus!

One of the rare ones to actually use the search function.
post #10 of 14
Does anybody know when Swaine, Adeney, Brigg & Sons stopped making Chelsea boots?
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Sebago Drake chelsea boots are a good pair in my opinion.

They are waterproof, and can be had for under $70 online in most cases.

I have them and they are very comfortable, and seem to have held up rather well over a year or so of wear.

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Also I was wondering if anyone had any experience with the Timberland earthkeepers city cap toe boots, as they look quite nice for casual wear, but I have no idea if they are worth it as far as longevity or comfort.

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Sorry for reviving an old thread, but I just got a pair of chelsea boots in the mail and the feel kinda big. Is this just because they don't have any laces? Will they break in or should I return them? confused.gif
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Sorry for reviving an old thread, but I just got a pair of chelsea boots in the mail and the feel kinda big. Is this just because they don't have any laces? Will they break in or should I return them? confused.gif

I don't see how they're ever going to get smaller, through "breaking in" or otherwise. If they're too big to be wearable then you should return them.
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