I’m a big fan of chelsea boots. I like everything about them. They look slick, and can be dressed up or dressed down. Chelsea boots come in a variety of styles, with leather bottoms for a dressier look, or rubber bottoms that are built for comfort. When shined up, they look like dress shoes – good dress shoes. Be careful, though, go for a pair that has a traditional or rounded toe. Avoid squares at all costs. Think of these as a cool replacement for wing tips. Well, that’s how I look at them.
Want to get fancy? Try a pair in dark brown suede for a really good cool-weather look, or get a pair of black chelsea boots to wear with a dark suit or a tux. Today, though, we are going to focus on the tan leather jobs. Here are some of my favorites:
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1. RM Williams Chelsea Boots: They’ve probably been making these boots forever, and had no idea that these options from the outback would be such a big hit. Essentially, they don’t make them any better. There are tons of sole options…so knock yourself out.
2. Sid Mashburn Chelsea Boots: Of course Sid would have a chelsea boot. Makes perfect sense. His have a leather sole, so it’s essentially a dress shoe. Wear these with anything from jeans to khakis to wool trousers (2″ cuff preferred).
3. Dubarry Kerry Leather Chelsea Boots: Dubarry makes some outstanding stuff…and their Kerry boots are no exception. The feature a rubber sole, so I’d avoid wearing them with wool trousers. However, they will be comfortable all day long. College football tailgating approved.
4. John Lobb Misty Leather Chelsea Boots: The Rolls Royce of cheslea boots (and most other shoes). It doesn’t get any better than a pair of Lobbs…and from their perspective – proven by the Dianite sole, these should be worn often, and for many hours at a time.
5. Ted Baker Camroon Chelsea Boots: A lower profile option, but a super-sharp natural sole.
6. Wolverine Garrick Chelsea Boots: A great cost-friendly option, complete with football-grain leather and a really nice toe.
What did I miss?