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My Chelsea 11 in Slate Suede are probably my most worn pair of boots (out of 15 or so pairs). They are very comfortable and versatile - perfect with smart casual jeans, cords or chinos.

Bodileys also do a C&J made suede Chelsea on a 325 last - also with storm welt but slightly sleeker last. https://www.bodileys.com/product/bodileys-stanhope-chelsea-boot-dark-brown-suede/

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Chelsea 5 and 8 both very nice too, though 8 is definitely sleeker/smarter. For me I would wear the 8 out for dinner or to a smart function but 11 can do day, travel, work and evening duties.
Would you do the 5 or the 11? Isn’t the 11 bulkier? I was thinking that 5 might be a happy medium between smart formal and casual
 

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Would you do the 5 or the 11? Isn’t the 11 bulkier? I was thinking that 5 might be a happy medium between smart formal and casual

5 would definitely be a happy medium and very versatile too, in my opinion. Are you looking for leather, roughout or suede?

The slate suede 11’s I have are very similar to a 5 just with a storm welt. The other scotch grain 11’s are a heavier looking boot with the vibram sole so more towards casual than the others.
 

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5 would definitely be a happy medium and very versatile too, in my opinion. Are you looking for leather, roughout or suede?

The slate suede 11’s I have are very similar to a 5 just with a storm welt. The other scotch grain 11’s are a heavier looking boot with the vibram sole so more towards casual than the others.
I’m interested in the brown leather
 

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I’m interested in the brown leather
I think you’d be onto a winner there and a pretty much perfect pair of Chelsea boots.

 

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Would you do the 5 or the 11? Isn’t the 11 bulkier? I was thinking that 5 might be a happy medium between smart formal and casual
Good question. I have the Chelsea 11 in dark brown scotch grain and the Bodiley's Mayfair Stanhope Chelsea on the 325 last in dark brown suede. IMHO the 11 is chunkier and more casual so you're probably better off with the 5 or the Bodiley's model if you like suede
 

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Would the number 8 look too sleek/slim for a casual look (i.e. straight cut denim/chinos)? My work is no longer formal (smart business casual is fine). I would like a Chelsea boot that I can get plenty of wear (office, weekend and easily packed for travel - walking around all day and still wear in the evening).
chelsea boots are not very formal (i.d. informal) in theirself, so the smarter nr. 8 on last 341 is the better for the named purpose, I‘d think.

nr. 5 / 11 are bulky, good for rural tracks or walking the dog. for my opinion not suitable for smart buisiness casual.

but at least it depends all on the shape of your feet. if your feet are average, take nr. 8; if you own more volumnous feet, take nr. 5!
 

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So do you think the #8's would look good with straight leg denim and chinos? Also, would they be comfortable to walk around in all day? Going from the R.M. Williams Comfort Craftsman, I thought they looked really good with slim fit denim/pants but with a straight leg, they almost looked like western boots with the chiseled toe.

If I did go with the #8, I am interested in a brown leather. Anyone familiar with the chestnut burnished calf or dark brown burnishes calf? I don't mind burnished but thinking that too may make them more formal than casual looking.

My feet are average, width is between C/D but closer to D.
 

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So do you think the #8's would look good with straight leg denim and chinos? Also, would they be comfortable to walk around in all day? Going from the R.M. Williams Comfort Craftsman, I thought they looked really good with slim fit denim/pants but with a straight leg, they almost looked like western boots with the chiseled toe.
of course, it will look very fine with both of it!
i wear the brecon, a chukka boot on last 341, very versatile and comfortable all day long.

don‘t call the chelsea 8 chiseld, they are not. more almond shape toe.
really chiseld are the c&j lingfield chelseas on last 348, i love them to, but these are more on the formal side.
 

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chelsea boots are not very formal (i.d. informal) in theirself, so the smarter nr. 8 on last 341 is the better for the named purpose, I‘d think.

nr. 5 / 11 are bulky, good for rural tracks or walking the dog. for my opinion not suitable for smart buisiness casual.

but at least it depends all on the shape of your feet. if your feet are average, take nr. 8; if you own more volumnous feet, take nr. 5!

I would respectfully completely disagree! The leather 5 (and the suede 11) are in no way too bulky for smart business casual and definitely not something I would personally wear for rural tracks and dog walking. The roughout versions of the 5 and scotch grain 11s - yes, but not the leather (or suede) that Mister McGee is looking at.

For me if you’re looking for a boot that can do business smart casual (chinos or smart jeans with a shirt and blazer) but also be good for the weekend, breaks away etc and will be smart but not ‘too smart’ then the leather 5 will be perfect. The 8’s can do it too but are definitely sleeker and will look smarter when ‘off duty’. Chestnut is lovely but is also further towards the formal compared to the brown leather 5.

Sorry if I missed in an earlier post, but do you have opportunity to try them both on? I think your choice (either way) would become easy to make once seeing them on your feet.
 

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in the end a question of personal favour...

maybe this picture can help a bit:
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Mister McGee

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I would respectfully completely disagree! The leather 5 (and the suede 11) are in no way too bulky for smart business casual and definitely not something I would personally wear for rural tracks and dog walking. The roughout versions of the 5 and scotch grain 11s - yes, but not the leather (or suede) that Mister McGee is looking at.

For me if you’re looking for a boot that can do business smart casual (chinos or smart jeans with a shirt and blazer) but also be good for the weekend, breaks away etc and will be smart but not ‘too smart’ then the leather 5 will be perfect. The 8’s can do it too but are definitely sleeker and will look smarter when ‘off duty’. Chestnut is lovely but is also further towards the formal compared to the brown leather 5.

Sorry if I missed in an earlier post, but do you have opportunity to try them both on? I think your choice (either way) would become easy to make once seeing them on your feet.
 

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in the end a question of personal favour...

maybe this picture can help a bit:
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Thanks, this definitely helps. Looking at it this way, I can see the chestnut burnished color would not work for me and while I like the #8, I think the #5 would serve better for my needs of an all purpose Chelsea that could be worn with chinos/denim for business casual, weekend wear and popped in the suitcase for travel.
 

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Can I go to a cobbler and put a Ridgeway sole on something like a CJ Chelsea if I want something with grip for winter? What does a job like that cost?
 

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Can I go to a cobbler and put a Ridgeway sole on something like a CJ Chelsea if I want something with grip for winter? What does a job like that cost?

Had my Islay switched over to the Vibram equivalent of a Ridgeway. Top tier cobbler in Chicago charged me $195. That did include a new corkbed, midsole and completely new heel stack.
 

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