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Chelsea vs Chukka boots

By November 6, 2020No Comments

Chelsea vs Chukka boots. Stuck on choosing between a Chelsea or chukka boot? Wondering what the difference between them is? This blog will compare the two boots and help you make a decision.

The Chelsea boot

The Chelsea boot has been fashionable since the 1960’s with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones wearing them to many of their shows. A Chelsea boot offers a sleek and unique style with the advantage of practicality. A Chelsea boot is a slip on boot with elasticated side panels which fit to the shape of your foot offering you superb comfort. Their smart look also makes them great for both casual events and everyday office wear. Competing with others in oxfords and derbys. Some may worry about the lack of laces, but let me steady your nerves. No laces are a great practical benefit. Imagine, you can walk into your office for a meeting or an interview and have no need to check your feet for messy or untied laces. Chelsea boots offer you practicality as well as style.

The Chukka boot

The Chukka boot originated from the British army during World War II and have now developed into one of today’s most fashionable boots. That’s the origin now here’s what you need to know about them. A Chukka boot is a low ankle open-laced boot. This means the flaps (back part of the upper) are thrown over the vamps (the front centre of the upper of the shoe) instead of beneath them. This offers more breathing room for your feet. Chukkas are a great way to change up your style. Their chunky look adds more “weight” to your feet and lower body which can make you look more masculine. However, with this look it’s advised to wear these boots to laid-back casual events as the open look may not work in an office environment.

The third choice

At De Winter Boots we not only offer Chelsea and Chukka boots but a third option. Our 6 eyelet toe cap boots. This boot has 6 eyelets and three ski hooks, this offers superb comfort and flexibility. Those with a waxed leather we steep the leather in oils and waxes to ensure the look of the boot improves as it weathers and improve durability. The different styles of these boots also improves their versatility. With the Rochester and Rockingham offering a relaxed casual look and the brogue Bodiam offering a smarter appearance.


What to look for when buying

If you are looking to invest in a new pair of either of these boots than here are the things you should look out for:
1.  Choose the right leather, the leather should be easy to clean/shine and improve with age.
2. The best quality boots are Goodyear welted
3. Leather soles look nice on boots but rubber provides more traction
4. Consider different colour options: walnut, tan, ebony, chocolate

At De Winter Boots we offer all of these! Check out some for yourselves!

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