Short history of Chelsea boots
Chelsea boots, even though not as famous and popular at the moment than for example double monks or chukka boots are definitely a wardrobe staple. The history of Chelsea boots goes all the way back to Victorian-era England where they were originally conceptualized as a riding boot, presenting an alternative to knee-high boots that were not always as practical as desirable. The most notable feature of the Chelsea boot - in addition to the ankle length and low heels - is its elastic siding, running from just above the welt to the top of the shoe. The advantage of elasticised boots was in the first place (and still is) that they could be easily removed and put on again.
After gaining more and more grace Chelsea boots remained popular until World War I. At the time rubber became a scare commodity and production of the boots became next to impossible. After the world wars Chelsea boots took back their place as they were considered as an element of 1960s mod scene. Nowadays they are a staple and classic choice but often bypassed by other options.
Spanish Carminas makes some of the most nicest Chelsea boot models on the market. The pair in snuff suede featuring dainite soles (available via Skoaktiebolaget) is a multi-functional choice for anyone looking something to wear with either jeans or flannel slacks. The upper pair, made of tan calf leather (via The Armoury) on the other hand is a “textbook example” of a sleek Chelsea boot to be paired even with your business suit.
How to use Chelsea boots
In general Chelsea boots are widely versatile and especially a great weekend footwear option, no matter whether you live in the town or the country. Most Chelsea pairs can also be combined as well with a pair of jeans than with a suit.
The sleek look of Chelsea Boots makes them to be at their best when combined with tapered and slim-fitted trousers, as that way you maintain sharp overall appearance. It’s also very important that the shoe fits you properly and especially sits tight around your ankle. Otherwise your trousers will easily get stuck to them.
Chelsea boots are also one of the shoe types besided oxfords where black works well, espeally when you’re in the city and wearing a nicely fitted suit. On the other hand brown or snuff suede for example will match perfectly with your darker denim.
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AFPOS just recently released the first models of their own footwear range, including a pair of Chelsea boots made from the finest black calf leather with tan elastic side panels, black&tan oak bark closed channel stitched sole and natural welt edge. I’m personally looking forward to find out more about these.
A man without a good pair of shoes (polished of course) is a man who didn’t stop wearing tennis shoes until he turned 25.