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Chelsea Boot Advice

Kahuna75

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Just get the Crocket and Jones from Barney's when the go on sale...note Barney's is US size. You get classic English Maker for under $300
 

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Left to Right RM Williams, Crocket and Jones(Barney's), Viberg and RM Williams(craftsman) - I still have the C&J and Viberg and a RM Williams(different color) The RM williams on the right was my favorite color but it did not fit



 

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Left to Right RM Williams, Crocket and Jones(Barney's), Viberg and RM Williams(craftsman) - I still have the C&J and Viberg and a RM Williams(different color) The RM williams on the right was my favorite color but it did not fit




Which ones feel the best on your feet?
 
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The RM Williams initially feels best due to softer sole and full cushioned footbed. Crocket & Jones probably second then the Viberg. I no longer have the RM Williams - I purchased a suede pair also but my wife said they looked too much like a cowboy boot.

Viberg is probably my favorite as it is like a tank and the extra heft to it fits better with my super casual wardrobe. Overall look though C&J is probably the winner as it is most classic IMHO.
 
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I decided to keep the burgundy ones I ordered from London and will be returning the brown Gordon Rush boots (or maybe exchange them for a pair of suede Wolverines)





And now I want these Varvatos boots but I probably won't be able to find them. All they have on their site are the artificially weathered Fleetwood boot. Ugh.

edit: On second look these just might be Fleetwoods. $700 tho...

 
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If you're still looking, I would consider RM williams carefully. There aren't many places to find them in the states to try on, but they are a great deal.
I am supposed to be in NYC this weekend. Isn't there a store in Manhattan


*runs to google*
 

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@callen - I would strongly recommend the RM Williams Craftsman. It is one of the few remaining Chelsea boots in the world that only have one seam (i.e. it is a wholecut boot). Makes the boots really comfy and gives off a rugged yet dressy vibe. You can also check out the Kangaroo Craftsman. It is slightly more expensive but worth the few extra bucks.
 

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Good News: The name of this boot is Vintage Chelsea Boot

Bad News: It has been discontinued for a long time

Worse News: Another boot with the same name is being offered which will screw up google searches

Even Worser News: The new boot looks like this


 

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NEWSFLASH

I located a couple pairs of the out of production Varvatos boot. And they are still selling for full retail $698. So it looks like I'm going to take the advice of @Kahuna75 and go for the Barneys washed leather boots since they just went on sale today. They are made by an Italian company named Officine Creative

{EDIT}Just checked back and my size is gone. You snooze you lose





Just get the Crocket and Jones from Barney's when the go on sale...note Barney's is US size. You get classic English Maker for under $300
 
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NEWSFLASH

I located a couple pairs of the out of production Varvatos boot. And they are still selling for full retail $698. So it looks like I'm going to take the advice of @Kahuna75 and go for the Barneys washed leather boots since they just went on sale today. They are made by an Italian company named Officine Creative

{EDIT}Just checked back and my size is gone. You snooze you lose

Now I know I wear a 9.5/10 normally but I don't have a fat foot so on a whim I ordered the Barneys branded Officine Creative boots in brown in size 9 this past Tuesday. They came in not too long ago and they fit. There is a rubber section of the sole that is hidden that assists in grip. The leather feels like a higher grace of leather but the colour is so much richer and more complex(?) than the Gordon Rush boots that I returned. All in all a much better boot for only $200 (Officine Creative footwear are normally priced in the $600-$700 range)

Pictures to follow
 
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My experience on other forums has led me to be a firm believer in not starting new threads when a good one exists so hopefully this is the right place!

I am about ready to buy my first pair of Chelsea boots. I am having trouble deciding between leather and suede. Either would be some sort of medium brown. My other dress footwear are :

AE Carlyle Walnut
AE Leiden Weave Walnut
AE Park Ave Black
Cole Haan Reddish-brown captoe oxford
meermin dark brown Double Monk

then I have an old weathered paired of walnut AE derby’s I use when the weather is cruddy.

As you can see above what I don’t have is anything in suede. I also don’t have a Chelsea boot. I’m just wondering if my first Chelsea should be a suede one. Normally I would shy away from Suede as a first purchase but since I do have other leathers maybe it’s time? I should add the intended use will be with well fitted dress slacks, trousers, with shirts and ties +\- sweater, occasional blazer and very very occasional blue/brown suit (very rarely)

Pleasantly surprised and stoked on meermin quality so am 95% going that route in terms of company choice for the Chelsea in question.
 
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