What are Chelsea boots?
Chelsea boots are roughly ankle-height boots (although they may be slightly longer or shorter), with an elasticated side panel. They can be plain or patterned – some have a brogue design on them, whilst others are made from faux crocodile skin, or are adorned with belts, buckles and studs. Some are flat and others have heels, and they look great dressed up or down.
Why are they called Chelsea boots?
The origins of these chic boots date back to the Victorian era, with the original design credited to Queen Victoria’s shoemaker, J. Sparks-Hall. Can you imagine Queen Vic stomping around in them? You better believe it – apparently she took daily walks in her Chelsea boots! They were also popular for horse riding in the Victorian era.
The boots really became popular in the 1950s and 1960s, especially in Chelsea and Fulham in London – hence why they became known as Chelsea boots! At one time if you walked along the King’s Road, every person you passed would be wearing a pair of these boots, firmly cementing their status as the in thing to have in your wardrobe.
What can you wear Chelsea boots with?
These boots look great with skinny or slim-fitting jeans. It looks particularly chic when the hemline of your trousers sit just above your boots, whether you choose a pair of cropped trousers or turn up the hem of your jeans for the same effect. Leggings or tight-fitting ponte trousers are also a great choice, as the slim fit of the trousers balances out the chunky shape of the boots. Patent Chelsea boots make any outfit look extra special, and they’re great for dressing up workwear or teaming with your favourite dress. That’s right – these boots look awesome with skirts and dresses as well! Try wearing them with a midi pencil skirt for a sleek look, with a shirt dress for the office, or style with your favourite mini dress for great going out style.
What colour of Chelsea boots are best?
For versatility, you can’t beat black. They look great with any outfit, and will instantly make you look and feel more dressed up. Brown and tan boots are perfect for more casual looks, whilst bold shades like white, burgundy and grey will add a pop of colour to your outfit, making sure that no one misses your gorge new shoes.
Why are Chelsea boots so popular?
There’s a good reason everyone loves these boots. They suit everyone, and they look great with everything. Is there a more versatile pair of boots? We don’t think so! With an elasticated side and fabric loop at the back, they’re easy to slip on and off, and there’s a huge range of different Chelsea styles so there’s something for everyone. Choose a chunky pair to add edge to any outfit, or go for a more streamlined, feminine style that will pair perfectly with skirts and dresses – it’s their adaptability that makes them such a hit.
What jeans go with Chelsea boots?
In the ever-changing world of fashion, one thing’s for sure – jeans and boots will never go out of style. But what kind of jeans look best with Chelsea boots? We know you’re going to slay the look, whatever kind of jeans you go from, whether they’re figure-hugging skinnies or cool, modern wide leg jeans.
We think they go especially well with slim or straight cut jeans. You can turn up the bottoms of your jeans to create a cuff that sits just above your boots. The slimline silhouette of your jeans will perfectly balance chunky boots. Just throw on a cosy jumper for an effortless look that will always look great.
Are Chelsea boots good for walking?
We wouldn’t suggest walking up a mountain in them, but these chunky boots are perfect for pounding the pavements! With a round toe and usually a low heel, they couldn’t be comfier, and they’ll treat your feet well whether you’re hitting the shops, running errands all day, or wearing them for a city sightseeing break.
How do Chelsea boots fit?
We use standard UK boot sizing for our, so they should be true to size with no need to buy a larger or smaller size than usual. As Chelsea boots don’t go over the calves, they are suitable for everyone, no matter the size or shape of your legs.
They should have a relatively snug fit, and the elasticated panel should keep a close fit to your foot, without any gap between your foot and the boot. This type of boot usually has a loop at the back of the shoe to help you pull them on and off easily.
Where should you wear Chelsea boots?
As noted, Chelsea boots are seriously versatile and can be worn pretty much anywhere! They’re perfect for wearing all year round – you just need to style them differently for each season, and you’re good to go! Try getting more wear out of them by making them your go-to shoe for these occasions:
Festivals: Stylish and sturdy, they can work well at festivals instead of wellies.
Nights out: Stay cosy on nights out and wear your boots instead of strappy sandals! These boots ooze style and look great dressed up with your favourite LBD and either opaque tights or bare legs. Glam up your look with your favourite jewellery, and you’ll be sure to get heads turning.
Laid-back weekends: Style your boots with skinny jeans and your cosiest knit for a weekend of brunching and walks with bae.
Work: Why not wear your Chelseas to work? They look fab with a shift dress or tapered trousers and a blouse for sophisticated style that will have you feeling like a total boss babe.