GOACA classics: Chelsea boots

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I think I’ve probably had some version of these since college: they’re incredibly versatile and have seen me through many style identities. They can skew punk, preppy, Euro-classic or pretty much anything else, and they’re (usually) highly walkable. I love the neutral light brown hue of  these and the cream-colored sole. They also come in black.

These are from Ferragamo and still aren’t cheap even marked down, but I’m very tempted by them (because of the platform sole, of course).

Here’s a pair that rings in under $100, and is satisfyingly clunky.

Whereas these, from Vince are a cool combination of clunky and polished.

OK, these are actually sneakers, but I think they’ve got a very chill skateboarder-y  vibe.

This splurgy pair looks slightly treacherous, But I’m still a fan.

I like the streamlined look of these rain boots.

You can’t beat Doc Martens for utility, versatility, and durability; I  also like the sherpa lined version of these.

I do love a good pointy toe, and these are really good. I like this pointy-toe pair too.

I dig the dandyish details here.

I don’t much like brown shoes, but I included this Madewell pair because I know that some of you do. They also come in black, BTW.

I live in my Blundstones and love to travel with them because you can literally walk forever in them.  This pair has a hint of a heel—mine don’t—but I’ll bet they’re every bit as walkable.

This waterproof pair has a bit of a tough-girl edge, but just a bit.

 

 

 

 

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25 Thoughts on GOACA classics: Chelsea boots
    cw
    5 Nov 2020
    3:33pm

    Love a Chelsea boot. My last purchase at the Neiman Marcus Last Call (now closed forever) was a Celine Chelsea boot. Originally priced way out of the ballpark the boots were marked down (again and again) to the final price of $149. Every cool article of clothing I own came from that store. 2020 sucks.

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      Sara Campbell
      5 Nov 2020
      5:21pm

      Oh, I hadn’t even processed that. How sad.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    5 Nov 2020
    4:38pm

    The Vince pairs are swoon-worthy, but I’m not sure they’re in the budget right now. Maybe they’d make the perfect Christmas gift? I’d better start being good!

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    Betsy
    5 Nov 2020
    9:13am

    Thanks for a great post. If you have skinny ankles, Chelseas are a great option. I’ve found the ones I have to be super comfortable. Love and may have to pull the trigger on some Blundstones this weekend. I have been coveting a pair forever.

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    Leah
    5 Nov 2020
    9:19am

    That Clergerie version is very Moira Rose, in the best way possible.

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      Kim France
      5 Nov 2020
      9:34am

      Yes!

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      heartbeet
      5 Nov 2020
      11:40am

      Oh no. You’re absolutely correct. I loved these at first site and was wondering how I’d style them. Now that I’ve read your truth, I’m not sure I could do it. I love Moira and her look works for her, but I am no Moira.

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        Nadine
        5 Nov 2020
        12:42pm

        I’ll join Leah, and say Heartbeet go for it!!

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        heartbeet
        5 Nov 2020
        2:16pm

        Thanks, Leah and Nadine! I just pulled the trigger and can’t wait to figure out what to wear them with.

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        Leah
        5 Nov 2020
        12:22pm

        I say channel your inner Moira. She’s fearless!

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    Susanna
    5 Nov 2020
    9:52am

    Oh those tan boots are the ones I was drooling over last week in the jeans post! Still trying to rationalize the purchase.

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      JB
      6 Nov 2020
      7:38am

      There’s a lookalike pair on Nordstrom Rack from Blondo. Just ordered them! (Blondos were my favorite last winter. Completely warm and waterproof.)

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    HickfromStyx
    5 Nov 2020
    10:12am

    Chelsea Boots R Us! I have several pairs, with pointy toes, almond toes, in black and dark brown. Some have a cheat zipper, but my long shoehorn from IKEA does the trick for the rest. I wear these babies from dry ground in spring to snowfall, every year without fail. I’m not so much of a fan of the clunky soles on my narrow feet, but I like them on others. If I have my way, I’ll be wearing these when I’m pushing a walker at the seniors’ home.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      5 Nov 2020
      4:41pm

      You’ll be the coolest oldie, Hick!

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    Christina
    5 Nov 2020
    10:19am

    I love my Chelsea boots from this line (which is owned by woman who still makes boots in midtown manhattan!): https://breakingheartsandburningrubber.com/collections/boots-1

    They’re designed to be motorcycle friendly, but they’re super comfortable as regular boots and I wear mine almost every day. As a bonus, the vibram sole is really helpful once things start getting snowy or icy outside.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      5 Nov 2020
      4:44pm

      Really cool boots at great prices!

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      Christina
      5 Nov 2020
      10:21am

      Forgot to say, they can also make custom sizes for anyone struggling to find shoes for a less than common foot size!

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        Jenny
        5 Nov 2020
        12:31pm

        I am only partially employed and shoveling a lot of money at my divorce lawyer, but the call of those stunning boots might be impossible to ignore. Thank you (or not) Christina!

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    S
    5 Nov 2020
    11:55am

    Those Clergerie boots are reminiscent of some Steve Madden boots I wore throughout my 20s and 30s until they literally fell apart and were unsalvageable. I called them my Frankenstein boots and I loved them so much.

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    AKGB
    5 Nov 2020
    12:30pm

    I got a pair of lined Doc Martens Chelsea boots last fall for a winter trip and ended up wearing them almost every day after we got back; my feet have never been happier – so warm and comfortable.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      5 Nov 2020
      4:47pm

      Question for all of you Docs/Blundstone lovers: I’ve got big feet that are on the wide side. I found Doc Martens to run large. How about Blundstone? And is one brand more/less flattering?

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        Kim France
        6 Nov 2020
        10:41am

        I think Blundstones run a bit large, Val. I can’t speak to Docs.

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        Jennifer Zinn
        9 Nov 2020
        8:40pm

        Mamavalveeta, here’s a very wordy reply to your question: I have the Blundstones featured here, as well as a pair of unisex 500 series boots and a pair of their women’s 1630 chelsea boots (Blunnie addiction?!). From my experience, the heeled boots shown here are much slimmer in the toe box and arch. The opening is also narrower, which works well for me but I’ve seen reviews on Zappos, etc. saying it was too hard for the reviewer to get their feet into the boot. I will say I find them the most comfortable ones I own. I wore them as my winter boots in New York; they kept my feet warm & dry.

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          Mamavalveeta03
          23 Nov 2020
          11:26am

          Thank you, JZ!

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        AKGB
        6 Nov 2020
        11:49am

        I have the opposite problem – my feet are long and kind of narrow and while the length of the Doc Martens are usually perfect, I need to wear some thick-ish socks to keep my feet from sliding around from side to side. That said, my husband has a wider foot and prefers the Blundstone pull-ons to the Doc Martens.

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