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Chelsea Boot Advice

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

  1. Kahuna75

    Kahuna75 Distinguished Member

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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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  3. Rumpelstiltskin

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    Which ones feel the best on your feet?
     
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  4. Kahuna75

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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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  5. Rumpelstiltskin

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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)

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    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.
     

  7. Rumpelstiltskin

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    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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    RMW Kangaroo leather is lovely but creases heavily. .
     

  10. Rumpelstiltskin

    Rumpelstiltskin Distinguished Member

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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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  11. Rumpelstiltskin

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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

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  12. Rumpelstiltskin

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    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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