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Chelsea boot - rustic - Vibram sole - good quality - wide. Which one?

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I am looking for a pair of Chelsea boots (or something similar). Never had them before, but thought, it might be a good thing just to slip-in easily.
They should be more on the rustic side then dress shoes. A rubber sole would be fine.

Stylewise I like Westwing Rancher, but the were to narrow for me. I also like RM WIlliams Gardener Commando. But they are not sold in Europe as far as I checked. As I live in Germany, it would be quite complicated and expensive to return them to Australia.

I also checked Langlitz Romeo. But the style is very, special.

My feet are 27,5 cm long (inner sole 28,5 cm). Width is 12 cm. Not sure if that is already wider or normal width.

Maybe someone has a tip for some nice Chelsea's?
 

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If you have experience buying shoes online, know your size, and you're not generally hard to fit, I find RM Williams to be really easy to size. I'm a 9D on the Brannock in US sizing. I took an 8G in their boots (G is the company's medium width). I bought three pairs of Craftsman boots from overseas and they all fit fine.

For CM-type clothing, I don't know if you can do better than RM Williams. It's just a very nice shape. For workwear, I wear all-black Blundstones 500s with vintage Lee trucker jackets, raw denim jeans, fisherman knits, and chore coats. Those can be found almost anywhere, I believe.
 

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If you have experience buying shoes online, know your size, and you're not generally hard to fit, I find RM Williams to be really easy to size. I'm a 9D on the Brannock in US sizing. I took an 8G in their boots (G is the company's medium width). I bought three pairs of Craftsman boots from overseas and they all fit fine.

For CM-type clothing, I don't know if you can do better than RM Williams. It's just a very nice shape. For workwear, I wear all-black Blundstones 500s with vintage Lee trucker jackets, raw denim jeans, fisherman knits, and chore coats. Those can be found almost anywhere, I believe.
The problem is that the sizes are so different depending on manufacturer and style.
Regarding the Blundstones I do not really like the soles, in my eyes they look a little plasticy. But beside of this, the Blundstones look very comfortable.
 

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The problem is that the sizes are so different depending on manufacturer and style.
Regarding the Blundstones I do not really like the soles, in my eyes they look a little plasticy. But beside of this, the Blundstones look very comfortable.
Blundstones definitely don't fit if you have a more CM-type wardrobe.

There's an RM Williams thread here. You can consult them for sizing.

I've personally never had problems buying shoes online, but I know some people have.
 

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If you have experience buying shoes online, know your size, and you're not generally hard to fit, I find RM Williams to be really easy to size. I'm a 9D on the Brannock in US sizing. I took an 8G in their boots (G is the company's medium width). I bought three pairs of Craftsman boots from overseas and they all fit fine.

For CM-type clothing, I don't know if you can do better than RM Williams. It's just a very nice shape. For workwear, I wear all-black Blundstones 500s with vintage Lee trucker jackets, raw denim jeans, fisherman knits, and chore coats. Those can be found almost anywhere, I believe.
I agree with Derek, RM Williams
The problem is that the sizes are so different depending on manufacturer and style.
Regarding the Blundstones I do not really like the soles, in my eyes they look a little plasticy. But beside of this, the Blundstones look very comfortable.
Blundstone soles will crack and split within a few years. They are made in SE Asia of inferior materials including the top “leather”which won’t take a shine. I’m a fan of RM Williams. I believe they ship worldwide although the last pair I bought was when I still lived in the US; haven’t tried to order from here in Italy.
 

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I agree with Derek, RM Williams

Blundstone soles will crack and split within a few years.
This is only if you don't wear the shoes for a long time. The company used to use a certain polyurethane that was prone to cracking if moisture wasn't pressed out (which would happen through walking). People who left them sitting in the closet for a long time found that the soles were prone to crumbling at some point. The company has since switched soles, but the rumor persists



It doesn't fit with a CM wardrobe or guys who read sites like Permanent Style (this is not an indictment of Permanent Style. But I don't know how else to describe this sort of online dresser). It's much more of a casual shoe. But I like it with workwear and some other casual outfits

Blundstones should not be shined because they're not meant to be worn in outfits that are supposed to have shiny shoes.


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Well I’m glad to hear Blundstone has improved their sole. But from what I can see the top leather still seems cheap and dull. I suppose that could be a look, just not to my taste.
 

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Well I’m glad to hear Blundstone has improved their sole. But from what I can see the top leather still seems cheap and dull. I suppose that could be a look, just not to my taste.
Yes, but not all outfits are supposed to be worn with shiny shoes and a tipped fedora.
 

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Haha indeed I wear vulcanized canvas sneakers often!
 

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