With such a history behind them, it’s no wonder that they have become one of the most popular boot styles for all ages and genders. These boots date back to the Victorian era, when they were worn by both men and women, and were brought back into fashion during the 1960’s. Since then, they have retained their iconic status, in part because of the flexibility of styles that can be worn with them.
The Chelsea Boot is typically ankle high and slip on, usually made from leather or suede, and has an elasticated side for ease of use. The Chelsea Boot comes in a variety of colours and benefits from a raised heel. It’s pointed toe exudes classiness and slim fitting style, the boot itself urging the wearer to pull focus towards it. Unlike more casual shoes, the Chelsea Boot is a statement in and of itself, and by that logic should be worn boldly and proudly.
So, what can a Chelsea Boot do for our own style, and what are the best clothes to go with it? Whether Mustang or Marco Tozzi shoes, here are some tips to style your Chelsea Boots.
Suede Chelsea Boots are on the more casual side of the Chelsea Boot scale. Often called desert boots, these are usually a shade of brown or beige and can be worn with suits as well as with jeans. These boots are not as sturdy as leather, and can stain easier, but are often cheaper due to the ease of manufacture with suede.
The best-known Chelsea boot is the leather variation. These practical, sturdy and free of frills fashion statements look great in a wide range of styles. The sleek leather makes these boots streamlined and easy to wear, whatever you’re dressed in.
Lesser spotted in the everyday world of the Chelsea Boot, there is a fine line between the boot in question and regular lace up boots. The key signifier that these casual lace up boots are in fact dressed down Chelsea’s, is that they have the same shape and ankle high length.
These boots share similarities with the leather variations, but are have added embellishments, adding allure and class to the no fuss classic. These boots are often worn in more formal settings, such as work do’s or black-tie events.
Jeans and the Chelsea boot
There’s a knack to pulling off your Chelsea boot with jeans on. Whatever colour jeans your wearing, the best styles are skinny, and often tapered end jeans. The reason for this that they accentuate the legs and pull focus to the foot, ensuring that the boot is not hidden away. On top of this, rolled up or hemmed jeans give you more boot on show, which is what the Chelsea craves.
Again, when wearing a suit, hemmed or ankle high trousers are best. With navy suits, black, grey or tan boots go best, and the softer suit colour makes for better casual suede boots. A darker suit looks great with black boots, maybe going brogue for extra flourishes, whilst the grey suit is flexible to tan or black coloured shoes. Always remember to hem your trousers above the boot, and go for a slimmer leg.