What are Chelsea Boots?

Chelsea boots are the ultimate smart casual boot to accompany most outfits. Simple in design, they have no laces but an elasticated gusset on the side which provides a fast, no fuss way of getting your foot in! There’s often a pull tab on the back of the Chelsea boot to make getting them on even easier.

Chelsea Boots Base London

Proving to be massively popular with everyone from Royalty to Rock Stars, Chelsea Boots have been around since 1851 and show no signs of disappearing.


How to Wear Chelsea Boots.

Although Chelsea Boots pair perfectly with Smart or Casual attire, this can often depend on the upper material.


If your Chelsea Boots have a waxy or shiny leather upper like these they can often be paired with a sharp suit or formal trousers.


Base London Chelsea Boots
Base London Cheshire Washed Brown.

Or equally well with some straight legged or slim denim jeans.

Base London Chelsea Boots
Base London Cheshire Waxy Black

However, the ever popular Suede Chelsea Boots like these are built for that Casual stroll through town or smart night out on the tiles.Base London Chelsea Boots SS17

Base London Chelsea Boots Ferdinand
Base London Ferdinand Suede Tan.

Best paired with turned up denim to show off that sexy gusset!

But don’t just take our word for it, we asked the expert stylists over at Thread.com for their input:

“Chelsea boots are as versatile as brogues, but less ubiquitous,” says Thread stylist Freddie Kemp. “They’re easy to slip on for a clean, simple look, so minimalist guys love them. Go for the most classic shape and you can wear them casually with straight or slim jeans and jumpers, or formally with your sharpest navy or grey suit.”


New Chelsea Boot Trends


Chelsea Boots are always in style and this season sees the most eclectic range of variations to date.


Suede Chelsea Boots

Still a firm favourite among A-listers such as Harry Styles and Kanye West, but are perfect for the upcoming season. Being far more appropriate for the dryer months, Suede Chelsea boots take care of the more casual street wear looks.


Base London Chelsea Boots Ashdown
Base London William Suede Navy Chelsea Boot


The Brogue Chelsea Boot.

A newly emerging trend that’s really making a name for itself is the brogue or wingtip Chelsea Boot. This unique twist on a traditionally plain toed boot can really lift it off the pavement and is the perfect complement to a smart occasion outfit at drinks or a party. Sticking to lighter browns and tans will make sure this brogue detailing is not lost.

Base London Compton Tan Chelsea Boot
Base London Southward Cocoa Chelsea Boot


Crepe Sole Chelsea Boots.


Another recent trend has been the revival of the Crepe sole. First made famous by the Clarks’ Desert Boot in 1949, after British Army officers stationed in Cairo found a comfortable rubber soled footwear option in the bazaar that could withstand the harsh desert conditions.

The crepe soled desert boot was adopted by the British Mod culture as a staple fashion accessory in the 60s and is now back in favour and appearing on many more shoe and boot styles including the Chelsea Boot.

Base London Ferdinand Suede Navy Chelsea Boot
Base London crepe style, resin soles are far more durable than traditional Crepe.

Although stylish, there are also pitfalls to the authentic Crepe Sole. Being made of plantation rubber, it eventually perishes, gets hard and then splits. They’ll also pick up dirt and discolour very quickly, which is why at Base London we use resin based, imitation crepe soles. They’re far more durable and a lot easier on the wallet too while maintain the on-trend look.


If you’d like to see more essential trends for Spring Summer 17 check out this article, or for a free personal stylist—and lots of great style tips—check out Thread.