Learn all you need to know about the Chelsea boots. Find out its history, what you should look for when you buy a pair, how you combine them plus its quality hallmarks and characteristics.
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Today's video is all about Chelsea boots. I'll discuss what you should look for when you buy a pair, how you combine them plus the hallmarks and characteristics. Basically, everything you need to know about this wonderful boot.
First, let's start with the history of the Chelsea boot. It was originally invented by J Sparkes hall who's boot maker to Queen Victoria. He came up with the idea to use vulcanized rubber to have something flexible at the ankle and it would make them easy to put the boots on and take them off.
What makes a Chelsea boot a Chelsea boot?
- The Chelsea boot has ankle length and it's not below, it's not above, it's right at ankle height.
- It has rounded toes and low heels
It's simply a boot that you pull on using loops, it's important that you have a rather tight fit in the foot and as well as the heel. You want it to be quite tight and so you have to fit in, it has to fit snugly and tightly. The flexible rubber part was invented by J. Sparkes Hall, it always had this kind of U shape, it never goes all the way to the bottom, there's always some leather underneath, sometimes you'll find it to be a bit shorter but generally, it comes in a contrasting color.
If you want to buy a pair of Chelsea boots, what should you pay attention to?
It's the most important that you get the fit right. There are no shoelaces, chances are that you slip out with your heel, it should fit really snugly. Over time the elastic will expand. Never just rely on standard sizing.
The upper should always be made of box calf leather, sometimes it's popular with men to actually have it in a suede which is usually also calf suede leather. If you live in a rainy environment, it's not good to have suede, go with regular leather and make sure that it's a darker color because the Chelsea boot works well with suits.
Traditional Chelsea boots have leather soles and are Goodyear welted but if you live in a rainy area, you definitely want boots with a rubber sole. Usually, I suggest to have a leather sole and then with an applied rubber sole simply because you still get that elegant thin sole look with the practicality of rubber soles.
Chelsea boots are a wonderful all around boot, it's great to start with them because they can be worn with formal outfits and more casual ones. If you have a pair of black Chelsea boots, it goes particularly well with charcoal suits, grey suits and mid grey suits and any type of business wear. Some people also wear it chinos or like a blazer combination.
If you want to go more casual with your Chelsea boots, I suggest you get a pair in tan or grey or blue and you can really mix it up with denim, with chinos, with other kinds of corduroy pants and just combine it in any way you like basically.
Adding a color to your insert will certainly help to make it even more stand out and unique. If you like broguing, you can have them with broguings but if it's your first pair if Chelsea boots, I suggest you stir clear of them. Just get a plain Chelsea boot with rubber inserts.
Sometimes you find Chelsea boots that are rather bulky and especially the toe box is very big and round, it makes it more look like a work boot or an extremely casual boot like a substitute for a cowboy boot or something like that but if you want a classic style, I suggest you go with a rounded toe box that is flat which makes it more elegant and timeless and refined.
If you now want to know where you can buy high quality Chelsea boots, please check out our guide because I list different kinds of Chelsea boots that I've tested, good manufacturers, they are really worth your money and they will work for you.
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