15 Best Chelsea Boots Reviewed & Rated

Chelsea boots are a very stylish boot that comes up to or just above the ankle but does not cover the shin. They are not lace-ups but have goring on either side of the ankle to make putting them on easy. Chelsea boots may have a very defined appearance but they vary quite a lot between manufacturers.

Last Updated: May 22, 2018
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Chelsea Boots are a historied boot that is both stylish and functional, appropriate for anyone. They are also very durable. The guide covers the 15 best Chelsea boots in the market. The shoes have been reviewed and thoroughly assessed, to provide you with the information you need to know when considering this boot style. We have also updated our criteria and frequently asked questions sections to bring you as much information as possible to inform your choices.

Chelsea boots are generally very versatile. They can be appropriate for work, for dressing down with a pair of jeans or for dressing up with a business casual suit. They can be a rain boot, a winter boot, or a great boot for walking around in. Because of their versatility, style and ease, a great pair of Chelsea boots will become a favorite in your wardrobe.

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We spent many hours looking for the best Chelsea boots available on the market, to suit a variety of needs and tastes. We’ve come up with a list of 15 of the very best Chelsea boots. There is something on our list to satisfy everyone and one for every member of the family. Without further ado, let’s meet our line up:

 

15 Best Chelsea Boots

 

1. Skechers Double Trouble

Skechers is an award-winning global footwear manufacturer that knows a trendy and comfortable shoe. The Great Chelsea wedge boot is a great example of their skill. This is a cute and comfortable wedge that will take your Chelsea boot to new heights and will look great with whatever casual or business wear you choose for the day.
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Bio-dri lining
The Great Chelsea is lined with Skechers’ Bio-Dri lining which wicks moisture away from your feet keeping them dry and comfortable. It also helps to keep odor down in the shoes.

Memory foam
The insole in this shoe is an air-cooled memory foam which also helps keep your feet cool and dry while providing a comfortable cushion for walking or standing on your feet all day.

Cost and Value
These Skechers Chelsea boots are in the low-range relative to the boots on our list. Still, an investment you are getting a boot that will last for quite a while is comfortable and will prevent your feet from becoming too sweaty during prolonged wear. It is also a stylish boot with the ruching and wedge.
Pros
  • Wedge heel
  • Comfortable insole
  • Bio-dri lining
  • Inside zipper
Cons
  • Sizes run wide

2. Dr. Martens Oakford

If anyone knows a boot, it’s Dr. Martens. Their Oakford Chelsea is the best example of their Chelsea line and comes with all of the class Doc DNA. It features the classic Doc synthetic sole and durable double stitching. It has traditional Chelsea goring on the sides for flexibility. It’s hard to find a more iconic, more durable boot than a Dr. Martens and these will surely become a favorite.
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Classic synthetic sole
Dr. Martens’ soles are made from a sticky synthetic rubber that provides great traction on any terrain. It can stiffen in icy conditions though, so a word of caution in winter. The sole is also air cushioned for shock absorption and comfort.

Quality leather
Dr. Martens uses high-quality leather in all of their shoes and these Chelsea's are not different. The leather is breathable and will not overheat your feet, leaving them dry and cool

Cost and Value
These Chelsea boots are in the lower third of the price range. The Oakford Chelsea is a great value in return for the quality boot you are receiving. Docs last forever as well, which gives you even greater value for your money.
Pros
  • Quality leather
  • Synthetic sole
  • Platform Chelsea
  • Air-cushioned
  • Slip-resistant
Cons
  • Heavier boot

3. Giorgio Brutini Cormac

A sleek, designer Chelsea boot that is great for work or business. Stylish and well made, you will look great in this upscale boot. This boot features all the handmade quality and hand finished details that you can expect from Giorgio Brutini in a well fitting, supple leather shoe.
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Full leather construction
Leather is an incredibly durable material that is soft against the skin as well as weather and stain resistant. These boots have a high-quality upscale look that makes them perfect in the boardroom.

Handmade quality
Handstitched boots are generally better quality than cemented boots or boots that are put together on the assembly line. The handmade nature of the boots along with the material make these boots reasonably durable.

Cost and Value
These are very low priced for the quality and look great! They fit well with the elastic goring on the sides and you will appreciate the insole padding that makes the boots that much more comfortable.
Pros
  • Waxed leather
  • Handstitched
  • Upscale look
  • 100% leather
  • Wide sizes available
Cons
  • Upper lacks support

4. Blundstone Dress

4. Blundstone Dress
Classic Australian Blunnies. These shoes look great and are appropriate for kicking around or working. They feature a steel shank for stability, extra shock-absorption in the heel and a premium leather upper. The footbed and PU midsole will make the boot very comfortable for long hours on your feet.
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Removable footbed
The footbed in this Dress Blundstone Chelsea boot is anatomically shaped and removable. You can wear your own custom insole or orthotic if you wish.

Support where you need it
The Blunnies Dress features a steel shank in the midsole for stability and Blundstone's Prono XRD shock protection in the heel strike zone for extra shock-absorption, reducing soreness and fatigue in the heel and ankle.

Cost and Value
These shoes are very much an investment. However, for the money, you are getting one of the most popular Chelsea boots. The reason they are so popular has nothing to do with the name and everything to do with the quality, comfort, and wearability of these boots. Work all day in them without aches or pains and still have the energy to walk around doing your errands at night.
Pros
  • Leather upper
  • Rubber sole
  • Anatomic footbed
  • Stablizing shank
  • PU midsole
  • TPU outsole
Cons
  • Fits wide

5. Timberland EK Brook Park

5. Timberland EK Brook Park
Timberland brings us our next Chelsea boot, the EK Brook Park is a serious outdoor boot, made for superior traction in any terrain, your comfort, and great looks. These boots are easy to pull on and go for a day of hiking or a day at work, the choice is yours.
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Built for Nature
These Timberlands have an outsole that house L7 lugs, beveled lug sidewalls and multi-directional leading edges for amazing traction on any terrain and in any weather conditions.

Cushioned comfort
The footbed in this Chelsea is leather-lined for cushioned comfort. It also contains a 100% recycled herringbone lining for breathability and comfort, and dual goring for a fit that is also comfortable.

Cost and Value
Wherever you want to go, in whatever conditions, these boots will go with you. They are the most expensive boot in our line up but they are well worth the investment that you make. Solid comfortable, go anywhere, do anything shoes that will last.
Pros
  • Leather
  • Cloth lined
  • Dual goring
  • Breathable boot
  • Lugged outsole
Cons
  • Sizes run narrow

6. Blundstone Original

6. Blundstone Original
The Original Blundstone that started it all, this Chelsea is one tough, comfortable boot. You can take the boot anywhere and work all day in comfort. It’s made of a premium, thick leather for protection and durability. They also feature a toe spring, reinforced stitching and a soft leather and textile lining. These rugged boots will take you anywhere you want to go.
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TPU Outsole
The outsole on these Blundstones is made from thermoplastic polyurethane which provides good traction and much longer wear than other outsoles. It is also oil, acid and fat resistant, making them great in a kitchen. These boots should last you years.

2.5 mm thick Leather
The leather upper in this Chelsea boot is thick, protective and medium-quality. It is weather-resistant and rugged, ready to take on almost anything.

Cost and Value
Blundstones are an investment, at the higher end of the price range for shoes on our list. However, like the Dress Blunnie, these are worth every penny for the quality, comfort, and durability of the boot. These are a little tougher than the Dress and should last longer before having to be replaced.
Pros
  • TPU Outsole
  • Toe spring
  • Premium thick leather
  • Protective leather upper
  • Shock-absorbing system
Cons
  • Finish appears dull

7. Keen Elsa

7. Keen Elsa
The Keen Elsa Chelsea is a very comfortable winter boot. It’s designed to keep your feet comfy and warm all winter long, even in slushy, wet conditions. Available in a variety of colors and styles, you will find one that suits your tastes and makes you happy in the cold, gray days of winter.
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Insulated boot
The Elsa contains 100g insulation throughout the boot for warmth along with heat-reflecting Strobel which provides a thermal barrier to provide an extra layer of warm and cozy.

Water-repelling
The waterproof polyurethane, leather, and textile upper is able to repel water in all manner of weather conditions, preventing heat loss in your feet and keeping you dry and comfortable.

Cost and Value
The Elsa Chelsea is priced in the mid-range of boots on this list. For a reasonable investment, you are getting a great, warm and dry winter boot with the style and on and off ease of a traditional Chelsea.
Pros
  • Rubber sole
  • Waterproof upper
  • Leather and textile
  • Seam-sealed
  • Well insulated
  • Microfleece liner
Cons
  • Not for high arches

8. Clarks Mission Parker

8. Clarks Mission Parker
Clarks has been making quality, comfortable shoes for over 100 years. Quality and comfort are exactly what you can expect from these Mission Parker Chelsea boots. It is a mixed material upper with a stable heel, buckle strap and inside zipper in place of traditional goring. A very stylish boot that will go from casual to business with ease.
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Stylish Upper
The upper in this creatively interpreted Chelsea boot is made of leather and suede. The adjustable leather strap wrapped around the back of the heel is another stylish detail that disguises the fact that this is a zipper closure boot.

Great traction
You get good traction in this heeled boot. The heel support minimizes the stress on your foot and Achilles, which the rubber outsole keeps the foot stable and slip-free on all surfaces.

Cost and Value
This shoe is in the mid-range price area. For the money, you are getting a comfortable boot with Ortholite insole and fabric sockliner, a breathable upper and a great two-toned dual material style.
Pros
  • Inside zipper
  • Adjustable strap
  • Ortholite insole
  • Fabric sockliner
  • Rubber outsole
Cons
  • Heel may be wide

9. Soda Chelsea

9. Soda Chelsea
This is an inexpensive little synthetic leather Chelsea boot that is available in wider sizes. It will slide on with ease thanks to the elasticized sides. Dress it up for a night out or dress it down for a casual, laid-back afternoon on the deck. You can’t go wrong with the value.
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Padded insole
The insole inside the Soda Chelsea is lightly padded for comfort. This is not a shoe for hours on your feet but it will be comfortable and cute for a night out.

Non-skid sole
The sole on this boot is rubber and will provide good non-skid traction on most surfaces. Great for walking around town on pavement or concrete.

Cost and Value
This is one of the least expensive boots in our line up. It is a fashion boot and so the focus was on the look of the boot rather than other functions. For the value though, it is certainly worth it.
Pros
  • Synthetic leather
  • Elasticized for fit
  • Versatile look
  • Wide sizes available
  • Padded insole
Cons
  • Back panel is stiff

10. Crevo Denham Chelsea

10. Crevo Denham Chelsea
The Crevo Denham is another fashion boot with a choice of colors for your brushed leather upper. Stylish and clean, these boots will look great at work or at play. They are non-slip and padded for more comfort. Pull a pair on, grab your friends, and enjoy an afternoon doing whatever you choose while looking great.
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Brushed leather upper
The upper on the Crevo Denham is a brushed leather with a burnished toe detail. It is soft and stylish - suitable for almost any occasion, nearly any venue.

Great traction
The synthetic rubber outsole on this boot provides non-slip traction and feature inverted lugs for improved grip. No sliding down freshly waxed floors in these boots but a great wear anyway!

Cost and Value
These are not as expensive as their look would suggest. In fact, they are in the lower third of the price range in our list. These are a very good value for a great looking, well-functioning boot.
Pros
  • Inverted lugs
  • Non-skid
  • Brushed leather
  • Burnished detail
  • Padded insole
Cons
  • Sizes run large

11. Joules Wellibob

11. Joules Wellibob
A colorful, fun rainboot in the Chelsea style. These are a cute rainboot for working in the garden or just keeping your feet dry while walking around town. They come in a variety of printed rubber toppers from solid black, to geese to floral designs to allow you to express your individuality and sense of fun in your rain boot. Comfy padded footbed too!
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Durable construction
These are a very durable rain boot with a rubber upper and rubber They are waterproof and abrasion resistant so these cute rain boots will last you a very long time.

Expressive style
Who can be dull and grey like rainy, overcast weather when you’re wearing boots with bright floral prints, vivid stripes or airy, flying geese? You can’t is the answer here! These fun boots are all expressive sunshine.

Cost and Value
These boots are a great value at the low end of the price range. For the cost, you could get the chihuahuas and the floral print to mix up the fun. They are a great rainboot with the wide-mouthed Chelse style and comfortable padding too - not just for working in the garden!
Pros
  • Rubber rain boot
  • Classic Chelsea style
  • Rounded, roomy toe
  • Abrasion resistant
  • Textile lined
Cons
  • Fixed insole

12. Skechers Segment-Dorton

12. Skechers Segment-Dorton
Skechers - the name says comfortable, functional footwear. Their Segment-Dorton Chelsea boot lives up to the reputation of their maker. This oiled leather boot looks rugged and solid and ready to hit the road on a Harley. It’s comfortable inside too so don’t let that rugged look fool you into thinking this is a rough boot. It’s a fantastic addition to your wardrobe.
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Gel-infused memory foam
These boots feature a gel-infused memory foam insole for comfort. Memory foam is great all by itself but when it’s added to the recoverability of gel, it takes comfort to a whole other level of all-day comfort.

Concealed goring
The side goring on these Chelsea boots is concealed behind strips of oiled leather for a unique look to the Chelsea but also for additional protection for your ankles whether you are working hard or playing hard in these boots.

Cost and Value
These boots are in the mid-range of price for the shoes on this list. For the investment though you are getting Skechers comfort and functionality combined with a rugged, oiled leather look and extra protection for your ankles. Worth the extra money.
Pros
  • Leather upper
  • Concealed panels
  • Rear pull loop
  • Gel infused  memory foam
  • Synthetic sole
Cons
  • Sizes run wide

13. Bruno Marc Casual

13. Bruno Marc Casual
These Bruno Marc Casual Chelsea boots are a little lower than most Chelseas but that contributes to their stylish look. The synthetic leather upper keeps the cost of the boots down while maintaining the look and durability of leather. It also has a substantial outsole for increased durability and good traction. This is a shoe that will perform very well at work or for downtime.
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Comfort all day
The synthetic uppers are lined with fabric for your comfort but also feature a comfortable padded insole for additional comfort. You can wear these boots all day without any difficulty.

Style for less
This is not an expensive boot but you get the durability and look of stylish leather in the upper. It’s a little lower cut as well, which adds to the style of this Chelsea.

Cost and Value
This boot is one of the least expensive in our list of Chelsea boots. For the value, you are getting great durability and good comfort. You will get long life from the boots which only increases the value for the money.
Pros
  • Fabric lined
  • Durable synthetic upper
  • Durable sole
  • Good traction
  • Padded insole
Cons
  • Heel sometimes separates

14. Dr. Martens Flora

14. Dr. Martens Flora
Dr. Martens departs a little from their super successful leather boots with this Chelsea. It’s a higher cut than traditional Chelsea boots and it is made from a vegan, synthetic leather rather than the thick cow’s leather they use in most of their boots. It is still a durable boot build to Doc’s standards - with Goodyear welt stitching and their iconic synthetic rubber sole.
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Abrasion and slip resistant
No one has mastered the synthetic rubber sole like Dr. Martens. This sole will last a very long time as it is abrasion resistant and your feet will feel secure because it is slip resistant as well.

Vegan leather
Vegan leather is becoming more popular now that it can be made in a durable, smooth and quality appearing form. You won’t be able to tell the difference between the vegan leather in this boot and cow leather. It’s that good.

Cost and Value
These boots are in the mid-range of prices relative to the boots on this list. That is a great value for Dr. Martens quality and superior build. The boots will last and last, giving you a lot of wear time for the money.
Pros
  • Vegan leather
  • Synthetic sole
  • Stylish look
  • Pull on ease
  • Abrasion resistant
Cons
  • Special care required

15. Alpine Swiss Sion

15. Alpine Swiss Sion
This is a classically styled synthetic leather upper with a soft suede lining that is comfortable on your feet. The shoe is breathable and will look great for business or play wear. It is an easy to pull on boot with a rubber outside for good traction. It comes in limited widths and full sizes only but is otherwise a good value.
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Professional look
This shoe can be worn at work because of it’s sleek professional look. It’s also great for downtime as well and can be worn as well with jeans as it can with slacks and a blazer.

Breathable upper
The upper is made from synthetic leather that is lined with suede but it is surprisingly breathable anyway. Your feet will stay cool and comfortable, which is great for those with sweaty feet.

Cost and Value
This is our least expensive shoe. While you are not getting the highest quality leathers and other materials in this boot, you are getting a stylish boot that is versatile and breathable with the ease that Chelsea boots are designed for.
Pros
  • Synthetic leather upper
  • Rubber outsole
  • Breathable suede lining
  • Heel tab
  • Classic style
Cons
  • Medium width only
  • Synthetic coat is thin

Depending on your needs, there is a shoe on this list that will suit you. Whether it’s inexpensive style, a boot that lasts forever, a rain boot, a snow boot, or a boot that is great for work but also works for play, you will find it here. Our list of the 15 Chelsea boots really does contain something for everyone.

Read further for a description of the criteria we use to assess the Chelsea boots that we looked at. The criteria section and the frequently asked questions are great resources to give you information about what to look for when you’re considering purchasing your own pair of Chelseas.

Criteria Used to Evaluate the Best Chelsea Boots

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Chelsea Character

To make our list the boots we looked at had to have certain traditional Chelsea boot characteristics. These really are the important characteristics of the style, so if they’re missing altogether, you have a boot of some type but it’s not a Chelsea.

  • Flexible sides – The slip-on flexibility and fit of a Chelsea boot is usually accomplished with elasticized goring on the ankles and only occasionally with an inner zipper. The goring must be firm enough to allow the foot to slip into the boot, with a little help from the pull tab, without easily wearing out. Goring that sags or does not bounce back will leave you uncomfortable, unsteady and ruin the look of the boot. If a zipper is used (as in two of the boots on our list), it must leave the top of the boot flexible and open.
  • Wide mouth – These boots typically have a wider mouth than other boots. This can sometimes lead people to believe that they do not fit properly but this is not the case. The top of the boot is meant to be wide as part of the style. All of the boots in our list have the wide mouth of a traditional Chelsea boot.
  • Traction sole – Chelsea’s are meant to be durable and workable and therefore have rubber or synthetic rubber soles that provide good traction and durability. The sole should be shock-absorbing but it is not a requirement of a Chelsea boot that they are layered or feature a thick cushioning midsole.
  • Protective upper – They are traditionally made of high-quality leather in the upper but the important aspect of the upper is actually protection. A protective upper can be made of rubber, leather, or synthetic leathers.
  • Pull tabs – If the boot does not have a zipper, it will require either a low cut (meaning it is not a Chelsea anymore) or pull tabs to help you get them on easily.

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Durability

Chelsea boots are meant to be durable top and bottom. In most cases, not all, you are investing quite a bit of your hard-earned money into the boot and you deserve to have that boot last. What makes a boot durable?

  • Outsole – The outsole of the boot comes into direct contact with the ground – concrete, pavement, dirt, cobble, gravel – a lot of abrasive surfaces that can wear down a cheap outsole fast. A good outsole is meant to stand up to the abrasion. It may be made of rubber, a hardened form of rubber, synthetic rubber or leather to make it tough but of all of these tough materials, hardened forms of rubber have the most resistance to wear. When we’re talking about synthetic rubbers, these can be hit or miss – too brittle and they’ll break apart, too soft and they’ll wear out like butter on a hot day. Read reviews to determine how well the outsole lasts.
  • Midsole – Midsoles are not built into every Chelsea boot or if they are, they are usually thin. Thin is okay as long as the midsole lasts. It should provide cushion and shock absorption without being too rigid or collapsable.
  • Insole The insoles on boots often do not last as long as the outer parts of the boot. That’s okay but they should be removable so you can replace them with inserts when they wear out – extending the comfort and use of the boot.
  • Upper – A durable upper is water and stain resistant (not necessarily waterproof). It should be constructed in a way that seals it well to the sole. Goodyear welting is the best but proper cementing can also make an upper very durable. The material – whether rubber, synthetic or leather – should be thick enough to last a very long time but not so thick as to be overly rigid. If it is synthetic, it should not peel easily. Again reviews are a great place to discover information about the quality of the upper in your boot. Look for indications that the upper is durable and will not wear out easily.

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Comfort

If you’ve read a number of our criteria sections, you will have seen that we talk about comfort quite a lot. There are a few reasons for this:

  • A comfortable shoe is virtually pain-free and shoes should never cause you pain
  • A comfortable shoe is worn more frequently, giving you the best use for your money
  • A comfortable shoe is also likely a very supportive shoe that will help prevent injury or aggravate already existing injuries and conditions
  • A comfortable shoe is also a shoe that likely will not cause minor but painful injuries like blisters, scrapes, and abrasions, and
  • When you purchase a shoe online, you do not want to be surprised to discover that you’ve purchased a shoe so uncomfortable you will never wear it again.

Here are some brief tips about the comfort of a good Chelsea boot:

  • Goring – the goring should not abrade your ankle or rub against it a way that will cause blisters.
  • Back – the back of the boot should not cut into your ankle.
  • Mouth – the mouth of a Chelsea boot is wide, this is the style, but your foot should still sit securely and comfortably into the heel without sliding out.
  • Weight – the boots are going to be heavier than most athletic shoes or dress shoes but they should not be so heavy as to cause you fatigue. Check the weight of boots in the specifications.
  • Fit ensure you read size charts and reviews to determine the correct size and width for your needs. A poor fit will be uncomfortable.
  • Insoles – look for padded insoles and footbeds that will cushion the feet.
  • Flexibility – The boot should be flexible enough to move with your feet. For high arches, there should be more flexibility and for flat feet, less flexibility.
  • Toe Box – make sure will be enough room in the toe box for your toes to lie next to one another and not be compressed together.

  • Heel there should be great shock absorption in the heel area to take the load off your heel and ankle

We could literally write a book about shoe comfort but the above are some great tips for ensuring that your purchase will make your feet happy rather than angry.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: Are Chelsea boots a new style?  I’ve only really seen them in the last few years.
A: Ah, fashion. Everything old is new again. Chelseas date all the way back to the Victorian era, when the streets weren’t so very clean and good boots were a necessity. They were worn by both men and women. They also saw a surge of popularity again in the 1960’s among the mod crowd. They are now seeing another surge of popularity for their stylish look, durability, and ease of use. The name Chelsea became attached to the boot in the 1960s named after a street in London, England.

Q:  Are there variations of the Chelsea boot?  I’ve seen styles with pointed toes.
A:  Yes, there are several variations of the Chelsea boot. One is a pointed toe variation that was created for the Beatles and are often called “Beatle boots” and another is the jodhpur boot, which is a Chelsea that is specifically designed for horseback riding.

Q:  What is goring?
A:  Goring is elasticized paneling that is added to shoes to help in getting them on. Goring is used in Chelsea boots, jodhpurs and a lot of slip-on styles like loafers.

Q:  The synthetic leather on my boot is peeling away. Is there anything I can do about that?
A:  There are repair kits that you can purchase for synthetic leather peeling. However, these kits are not cheap and it takes quite a bit of time and talent to use them in a way that isn’t readily obvious. It’s often not worth the money and time to replace a synthetic upper. Read reviews to avoid this problem and know that inexpensive synthetic leather shoes are not going to hold up as well as genuine leather and higher quality synthetics.

Q:  Size guides are so confusing, why should I waste my time figuring them out?
A:  Like anything else, they do become easier to read the more of them you are exposed to. They are worth reading because no two manufacturers will make shoes in exactly the same size or the same way. And no manufacturer can even be said to create two different shoe models in exactly the same size or way. Reading the size charts and guides is a good way to ensure your purchase will fit your foot. Also reading reviews will tell you if the size chart is accurate. Most are but not all.

Q:  When a shoe is described as a fashion shoe, what does that mean?
A:  It usually means that the shoe was built with its appearance as the primary design aspect and less focus may have been put on the other aspects of the shoe. For example, functionality, comfort, and durability may be sacrificed for the look of the shoe.

Q:  I’m a vegan for ethical reasons but I really love that Chelsea boot look. Are there options for me?
A:  Several of the boots on our list are made of synthetic leather and one entirely of rubber. One is even specifically made of vegan leather. When looking for vegan-friendly shoes it is important for you to carefully read the specifications for the boot. You can also post questions on many online buying sites. The manufacturer or experienced consumers may tell you whether the synthetic material is vegan-friendly.

Q:  Leather or suede?  I can’t pick!
A:  Sorry, can’t help you there. Leather and suede are both great looking for a Chelsea boot and the choice will be a personal one to you. Think about where you want to wear them, how they might scuff, what outfits they will match and you’ll soon have your answer. Either way though, if you purchase quality, you won’t go wrong and you’ll rock the look.

Q:  So excited that I received a great pair of Chelseas for my birthday. But what do I wear with them?
A:  The boots are designed to be a little slim so skinny jeans look great with them but so do straight cut jeans and pants, skirts, dresses, and capris. You can pair them with whatever makes you look good and feel good. These are a very versatile style. Younger folks are creating their own styles and don’t get bogged down by stiff fashion rules anymore, so go with what makes you happy.

Q:  Oh man, the leather is cracking on my Chelseas. I’ve had them for years and I don’t want to give them up. Help!
A:  Cracking leather can be caused by a number of factors – UV radiation exposure (i.e. too much sun), excessive aridity (desert-like dryness), heat, and chemical exposure. Clean the boot carefully with a dry cloth. Using a damp cloth with a leather cleaner, gently clean the leather being sure to wipe away any residue with a clean damp cloth. Apply a good quality leather conditioner to the boots and work it in according to the manufacturer’s directions. Allow the boots to dry and then treat them with a waterproofing sealant to restore their water-resistance. Be prepared to treat the boots with the conditioner again in a week or two to help further restore the leather. If the cracking is very deep or has created a hole, you may have to just give up and replace the boot or take it to a cobbler to see if they can do more for you.

Q:  Some of these boots aren’t exactly Chelsea boots, are they?
A:  At NicerShoes.com, we appreciate the creativity it takes to interpret a style and make it your own so we do include shoes that are interpretations from time to time. So long as they match the basic qualities of a shoe, we do grant some leeway. This is to give you variety, give a nod to creative shoemaking and because if designers did not create innovations in footwear, we wouldn’t have the dizzying array of shoes that we enjoy today. Go creativity!

Sources

  1. Reginald Christian, 4 Things You Should Know Before Buying Chelsea Boots, Website, May 22, 2018


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