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30 janv.

How to adopt the revisited Chelsea boot?

Despite its androgynous appeal, the Chelsea boot will always be a shoe fit for a queen. First conceived for Princess Victoria on her ascent to the throne, its inventors used the era’s cutting-edge technology to create a boot that’s wonderfully easy to slip on thanks to its iconic elastic side panel.

The classic Chelsea boot is flat with a round toe and made of smooth black leather. Despite what the purists may have you believe, it’s not all about comfort and simplicity; this boot comes in an array of new styles that can give you a different look every day, all the while staying true to the comfort it’s known for. Let’s stop for a moment and consider Chelsea version 2.0.

It may have been invented for a queen, but thanks to its comfort factor, before long this boot became popular among officers and other servicemen in the district of Chelsea in London – hence the name. Traditionally, it has a low heel. This design’s perfect elegance gives it versatility, and it’s just so wearable. Exuding that certain je ne sais quoi, it can easily be worn with straight jeans and a blazer for an urban look. In a more daring style that harks back to the eccentricity of its London roots, the elastic side panel takes on a zebra print, while the boot itself flatters with a tone-on-tone snakeskin effect. For a pop, we’d team it with flared pants to reveal the slightly elongated shaft, as well as a belted coat to complement the volume with structure: all in all, a classic, colorful look with a charming twist.

It goes without saying that the Chelsea boot is a design that looks just as great on a man as it does on a woman. Nevertheless, it’s still quite common for the shoes to have a slight heel. Let’s not forget that this is how the Beatles wore theirs in the 60s! The publicity they brought to this twist on the Chelsea boot had a big impact on the heeled design’s success. For something a little more feminine than the Cuban heel worn by the four rock stars, we now turn to the block-heeled Chelsea boot, which offers a whole host of styling possibilities.

The heeled Chelsea boot is shaping up to be a new frontier for style adventurers, opening up the door to uncharted subtle distinctions. With eyelet detailing, the heel takes on a graphic look, subtly complemented by the elongated elastic shaft, which stops the silhouette feeling heavy. Not only will you look sleek, but you’ll ooze nonchalant glamour with each step.

Those who prefer a more understated look can opt for a heel subtly decorated with a line of small golden eyelets. The embellishment continues around the famous elastic side panel, paying homage to the detail that characterizes every Chelsea boot. This simple and classic variation shines bright without overpowering an outfit, adding just a touch of minimalist elegance. We’d suggest wearing it with a long trench coat in vinyl or waxed cotton for a daring look. Both options give off that quintessential London vibe.

A must-have in any shoe closet, the Chelsea boot is one of those timeless designs – not only will it go with any outfit, but it will also never go out of style!


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