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Best chelseas for $250 and under?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by gong, Jul 29, 2012.

  1. gong

    gong Well-Known Member

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    I'm in the market for some chelsea boots and I am curious what is available to me at this price point. I'm not expecting anything of stellar quality or craftsmanship but I would like it to last and to look reasonable.

    I'm looking into black/tan as color points as that's what would fit in the best with my current wardrobe.

    I'm a size 7/7.5 EUR 40.

    Any ideas? Thanks
     
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  3. gong

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    Actually those Land's End look great, I was looking into Kenneth Cole but they seem to be of a much higher quality. The only issue is they don't stock 7/7.5 so unless they run small I'm out of luck.
     
  4. Jeff Costello

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    I was looking at some of the reviews, and they are saying that the boots run narrow. Maybe you could try their size 8?
     
  5. darkdream

    darkdream Well-Known Member

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    You can find john varvatos chelseas on clearance for around that price point
     
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  6. gong

    gong Well-Known Member

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    Are there any websites in particular I should shadow to find these deals?
     
  7. Bam!ChairDance

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    Yes, any major e-tailer really.

    You just missed Barneys' deep discounts, as they've tucked away their remaining merch so they can bust it out again during the warehouse sale. Not sure when in August it will start, but def check it out when it does, as it'll be online this time.

    Also check out the other "big box" places like neimans, bergdorf, etc. And the army of smaller stores scattered throughout the interwebs.

    If you miss the spring/summer round of sales, just wait until around November for the FW sales to kick in (especially Cyber Monday yo)

    E-bay will occasionally have good stuff from brands like Varvatos and Paul Smith, all well within your $250 budget.

    And don't forget the bargain sites. Yoox, Gilt, etc.

    No matter where you look, though, at $250 you really don't want to pay retail, since the shoes available at that pricepoint will all kind of suck. They will suck in different ways, but they will suck. Much better to get a $350-600 pair of shoes that's been marked down. Cheers
     
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  8. gong

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    Any brands in particular that don't suck? I really like the APCs.
     
  9. Bam!ChairDance

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    I've heard good things about APC's shoes.

    In the mid-level (350-600ish), you have lotsa non sucky options:

    For more "classic"/dressy shoes, you could start with Carmina, Grenson, or Crockett & Jones

    For more casual/edgy/streetwear stuff, look at Fiorentini & Baker, Paul Smith, NDC, John Varvatos, Moma, or Premiata.

    Of course, there are other brands I forgot to list that are also worth checking out. But the ones I mentioned are good ones to start with.
     
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  10. kasper007

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    ordering for an Aus. based store, you should be able to get some R.M Williams for under $250. excellent value for the price
    see this thread
     
  11. gong

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    This looks very interesting and right up my alley, a reasonably high quality boot at an affordable price.
     
  12. Allez Allez

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    Sorry, but which site has RMW for under $250? Everything looks to be a bit over the $300 mark, and that is before shipping. But that thread is 200 pages long, so maybe I missed it.:satisfied:
     
  13. gong

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    I just noticed this myself. It also appears the AUD was much weaker then as the conversion rate is no longer in our favor.
     
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    JV are ok, the main line dont get that "star usa" thing, its made in china, and retail main line is over $250


    all of those are over $250,

    Fiorentini & Baker, Paul Smith, NDC, John Varvatos, Moma, or Premiata all have questionable quality, i think f&b are kinda weak.

    brands for good chelseas:
    Loake
    Grenson
    Barker

    all found here http://www.pediwear.co.uk/ subtract VAT and you are in area of $250
    also shoehealer https://www.shoehealer.co.uk/ (Richard is a good guy)
     
  15. Bam!ChairDance

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    Well yes. I suggested buying that ish on sale.

    Um, the quality is fine, especially for the mid tier.
     
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    ok carmina is never on sale... c&j only at barneys once a year and still not close to $250, grenson is overpriced in use

    as far as the sw&d stuff
    Fiorentini & Baker = ok quality
    Paul Smith = quality is bad now was good in past, ask around if you like
    NDC = i hear ok
    John Varvatos = mainline is decent, star usa is awful
    Moma = quality is ok, good for the money and with yoox pricing at 200
    Premiata = never touched or had exprience but soles look thing and weak...

    loake is prob best bang for buck for a chelsea
     
  17. kasper007

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    yeah, the AUD is pretty strong (as is the CAD, sorry but i'm canadian and our currency has never been strong) so it might work out to a little over $250 for US buyers, but still an excellent price. just checked out this site from which i have bought before and boots are pretty much at the $250 mark before shipping
     
  18. kashmir

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    Herring Coltham

    http://www.herringshoes.co.uk/product-info.php?&brandid=6&shoeid=3044

    I bought those a month ago when they were on discount (100 GBP w/o VAT), really pleased, although one small note is that this waxy leather version is half-lined; the calf Colthams are fully lined.

    Looks much better than the web pics; actually before purchasing I googled to see how they look from different angles. Search for Loake Bayswater too as they are practically the same thing.

    I agree that at this price, especially on discount, Loake 1880 (and its Herring counterparts) is probably the best bet. They look mighty fine; neither chiseled nor pointy- which I think is preferable for beater, casual boots. Save the chiseled C&Js for dressier occasions.

    The other option that I considered back then was Bexley of France. Search for "Bexley bottine" images on the net to gauge the shape... the pic on their website is ugly
     
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  19. sinnedk

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    could be loake for herring, cool boots
     
  20. kashmir

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    yup they are Loakes for Herring. 026 last.
     

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