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Chelsea Boot Advice

Discussion in 'Menswear Advice' started by callen, Apr 22, 2016.

  1. callen

    callen Well-Known Member

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    After searching the internet I am still in need of a little advice. I am looking for a classic Chelsea boot in darker brown. I wear a size 10.5 C in the Alden Unlined Chukka, so I would prefer to find a Chelsea boot that comes in widths. Unfortunately Alden or Allen Edmonds does not make the boot. Any suggestions? I take very good care of all my clothing and shoes, so I am looking for something that will be a lasting part of my wardrobe. My price range is under $700.
     
  2. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    I would recommend the Crockett&Jones chelsea boot. There are 3 models, the 3, the 5 and the 8. The 3 is the slimmest, and on a leather sole. The 5 and 8 are on dainite soles, and iirc, the 5 is the roundest toed, widest lasted, boot, with the 8 being in between the two.

    http://www.crockettandjones.com/product/chelsea-3-chestnut
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    http://www.crockettandjones.com/product/chelsea-5-darkbrown
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    http://www.crockettandjones.com/product/chelsea-8-darkbrown
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    editL @dieworkwear writes about chelsea boots at length, here:
    http://putthison.com/post/58064951896/chelsea-boots-for-as-long-as-ive-been-interested
     
  3. dieworkwear

    dieworkwear Senior member

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    RM Williams is also really nice. Maybe a touch less dressy in some ways that the usual C&J, Edward Green choices, but arguably better with rugged, casual clothes.
     
  4. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    In a similar vein, but that is perhaps also a litte more compatible with "smart casual', might be Trickers version, which they inexplicably call "jodphurs":

    http://www.trickers.com/mens/town-boots/lambourn-jodhpur-boot-1400.html
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  5. Kahuna75

    Kahuna75 Senior member

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    You could always wait for the Viberg Chelsea to hit this fall
     
  6. Rumpelstiltskin

    Rumpelstiltskin Senior member

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    Ever since I saw this pic in GQ I've been considering a buying a pair of Chelsea boots

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    I want a boot in either brown (not flat brown) or oxblood with a leather sole and I would like to spend under $500. So far I have come up with these


    Paul Smith (PS) Bertram. I like but no one seems to have it in stock

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    Ted Baker Camroon 4. Haven't seen it in person yet but many online reviews complain that it is not actually a cognac colour but a very flat brown. Will pop into Nordstroms to verify and try on


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    Frye James. Have yet to try these but Frye boots tend to be rough looking rather than refined.

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    Paul Evans Dean. Nice colour and looks good but I've heard mixed reviews on their quality control



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    Any other suggestions?
     
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  7. Grayland

    Grayland Senior member

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    I have a pair of RM Williams Craftsman. They are as well made as I read, but the heel is quite a bit higher than a traditional English Chelsea. Almost an Australian Cowboy boot Chelsea. I actually had the heels lowered a tad.
     
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  8. Rumpelstiltskin

    Rumpelstiltskin Senior member

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    At one point I was considering RM Williams but now I think these Loake 290s might be "the one". Next issue - finding them in the US

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  9. albertcross

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    I love chelsea boots, make sure you buy one size up as they can get uncomfortable at the heel.
     
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  10. David Reeves

    David Reeves Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    They are the kind I like!

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    The new slim last chelsea that crockett does is good, I have two in dark brow and one in black.
     
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  11. Rumpelstiltskin

    Rumpelstiltskin Senior member

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    Just checked the 3rd local Nordstroms, the largest in the area and they do not carry Ted Baker boots. On my way out, I popped into a Frye store and the Weston caught my eye. I tried on the leather whiskey colour. They have a rubber insert in the sole that made them quite comfortable. I was wearing thick wool socks so I need to try them again with regular socks.



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    They make them in grey suede as well as a chestnut. They grey had my credit card hand trembling. I know I don't need any more suede shoes but they were so tempting


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    They also make them in dark brown

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    Did I buy? Nope - they looked a little clunky on my feet. Still looking for the Loake 290s
     
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    I've had my share of AE's and no longer prefer the brand. IMO, the english counterparts like Barkers, Loakes are better build in the same price range.

    My Barkers Pembroke gets the most wear during weekdays. Plus dainite sole to woot. These are almost one year old and have seen one winter with no issues.

    Also, break-in period was quite short, surprisingly. I'm planning to buy the black one soon. Of all the boots I've owned in my lifetime, these have gotten me the most compliments (especially from females ;-)).

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  14. SummerofLove

    SummerofLove Well-Known Member

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    Hi,

    Similar to the OP, I am looking for advice on purchasing my first pair of Chelsea Boots. I am sure that I want black boots in either suede (prefer suede) or calf but am unsure regarding brand and fit. I was considering these cheaper ones by Represent but then I realized that they are unlikely to be good year welted and are likely cheaply made despite the "made in Italy" tag.

    https://www.featuresneakerboutique....t-chelsea-boot-onyx-black?variant=24871844231

    https://shopnouveau.com/products/represent-co-onyx-black-chelsea-boot?variant=26299959937


    So, right now I'm looking at a few brands such as Carmina and C&J. I really like the look of the Chelsea 8 Black Suede below from C&J. I can't seem to find any Black suede Carminas though and they have a pretty pricey MTO tax.

    http://www.crockettandjones.com/product/chelsea-3-chestnut

    http://www.crockettandjones.com/product/chelsea-8-black-suede


    http://us.skoaktiebolaget.se/products/carmina-black-chelsea-boot

    http://us.skoaktiebolaget.se/products/carmina-classic-chelsea

    https://www.carminashoemaker.us/mens-boots/chelsea-black-80216?_ga=1.166307390.1609263110.1476874102

    https://www.carminashoemaker.com/mens-boots/chelsea-black-80216


    I really like the look of some of the Saint Laurent Chelsea Boots and how chiseled they are but they are way out of my price range currently.

    http://www.ysl.com/gb/shop-product/...helsea-boot-in-black-suede_cod44711091ii.html

    http://www.ysl.com/us/shop-product/...helsea-boot-in-black-suede_cod44552466mx.html

    https://cdnb.lystit.com/photos/11bd...ts-product-1-21446265-3-405773165-normal.jpeg

    so any recommendations? Btw, regarding sizing, I have a pair of C&J Tetbury D Noir Suede Chukkas in size 10 EE. They fit relatively well.

    My Carmina Rain sizing is typically 10 UK and Carmina Simpson sizing is usually 10.5 UK. My TTS is US 12 in most sneakers and casual shoes such as Vans.


    Here are some others I was looking at:

    https://www.mrporter.com/en-us/mens/saint_laurent/suede-chelsea-boots/730552?ppv=2

    https://www.mrporter.com/en-us/mens/rmwilliams/comfort-craftsman-suede-chelsea-boots/789811?ppv=2

    https://www.mrporter.com/en-us/mens/saint_laurent/suede-chelsea-boots/730553?ppv=2

    https://www.mrporter.com/en-us/mens/rmwilliams/comfort-craftsman-suede-chelsea-boots/720861?ppv=2

    http://www.endclothing.com/us/common-projects-chelsea-boot-1851-7547.html

    http://www.ysl.com/item/index?cod10...AtAOkUkbLVG5kMoPhDm0H393i1jjbsJ5VkaAojp8P8HAQ

    http://www.barneys.com/product/saint-laurent-suede-hedi-chelsea-boots-504354059.html

    http://www.selfridges.com/US/en/cat...5106-10004-6954100209/?previewAttribute=Black

    http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/Sain...tid%3D8215&eItemId=prod118880145&cmCat=search
     
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  15. SummerofLove

    SummerofLove Well-Known Member

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    Except for the danite sole the RM Williams look like winners

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    So are Represent Chelsea boot


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    Represent Chelsea Boot - Onyx Black
     
  17. Bilko

    Bilko New Member

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    I have the RM Williams Craftsmans in both black and chestnut with the chisel toe. They are undoubtedly the most comfortable shoes i have ever had. I wear them 3 days a week and they still look pretty much new two years down the line. I would highly recommend them. They also go with just about anything, be it jeans and a polo or shirt and trousers.
     
  18. SummerofLove

    SummerofLove Well-Known Member

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    Any sites you guys recommend for a good price on the RM Williams?

    http://aussiebushhats.com.au/boots/rm-williams-craftsman-boots/rm-williams-craftsman-suede-b543s/

    Was thinking about ordering from this Aussie sight. I live in the US so no customs fees under $800.00.

    They are up for $500 on mrporter.

    https://www.mrporter.com/en-us/prod...Ojw9mjhsyg1kCFQpLEFjn6uMbJE175OQ8waAu2v8P8HAQ

    http://www.afarleycountryattire.co.uk/shop/rm-williams-suede-comfort-craftsman-boots-black/

    http://www.ahume.co.uk/product.asp?P_ID=1284&Colour=Black&image=2&CAT_ID=75#ImageAnchor

    Also, what is sizing like? TTS or size down?

    Some of my sizing:

    Adidas/Nike Sneakers & Vans: TTS sz 12
    Carmina Rain: 10 UK
    Carmina Simpson 10.5 UK
    Enzo Bonafe 946 Last 10 UK but can do 10.5 UK for loose fit
    C&J Tetbury Chukka sz 10 UK E width
     
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  19. jcep

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    @callen and/or @SummerofLove much like David R, I'm a big fan of Chelseas so hoping some first hand experience will help you out. IMHO two of my favorites are:

    1. The Lingfield from C&J
    2. Chelsea on Simpson last from Carmina Shoemaker

    Note that there are quite a few variations of both of these models and that if you like something that you can't find in stock, you can order via the MTO services for C&J and Carmina, respectively (at a cost). I encourage you both to visit www.carminashoemaker.com and check out their new customizer to get an idea for the options you might have (C&J offers customization too but it'll be done via a form so this is easier).

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    @callen , what aesthetic are you going for? While all the examples we've collectively suggested are Chelseas, the styles are varied and fit different purposes/preferences. I find that the upper material (type of leather/suede) sleekness of the last, and type sole have a significant impact on where in the spectrum, ranging from rugged to sleek, a certain boot will lie. This may sound obvious but I point it out because IMO these elements stand out quite a lot in a Chelsea since there are few elements to distract the eye (i.e. No medallions, buckles, laces, etc.). Thinking of the intended use for the boots will be helpful in helping you decide what your ideal pair may be. For example: 1) More dressy: Lingfield or Simpson last Chelsea in black calf with single width sole, 2) More outdoorsy C&J 3s or 5s in tough suede 3) Somewhere n between: C&J Cranfords (mine are black calf but have a red elastic and a dainite-like sole) or RM Williams

    @SummerofLove check the below black suede C&J Lingfirlds at Barneys. These will match the desired modern/contemporary aesthetic but will do so at a perhaps superior quality level than that of the SL Wyatts. They are what I would get if I were you: http://www.barneys.com/product/crockett--26-jones-lingfield-chelsea-boots-504527351.html

    Hope that helps you guys. Happy hunting.
     
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