The best Chelsea Boots to buy in 2018

From Paul Smith to Common Projects, these are the best leather ankle boots on the market

In 1851, the Chelsea Boot came to be. Created by London-based shoemaker Joseph Sparkes-Hall – and first dubbed the significantly less catchy ‘J. Sparkes-Hall’s Patent Elastic Ankle Boots’ – Chelsea Boots became a prominent part of British style, used for everything from walking to riding, until the onset of World War One. Strangely, they fell out of favour for several decades, but made a comeback during the swinging sixties – popularised by everyone from the Stones to the Beatles on King’s Road.

Today, Chelsea Boots are one of the most common forms of leather footwear around – so it pays to invest in a good, solid pair. Here are our pick of the five finest pairs around…

Sons of London Chelsea Boots

The best Chelsea Boots to buy in 2018

The definitive Chelsea Boot for men. With elastic side panels, pull loop on heel, and full leather lining and sole, these finely crafted footwear from Sons of London are handcrafted from the finest Italian calfskin or a rich brown suede – specially treated to give water resistant properties that won’t brush off like ordinary protectant sprays.

The best Chelsea Boots to buy in 2018

Sons of London Chelsea Boots

£200

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Paul Smith Marlowe Chelsea Boots

The best Chelsea Boots to buy in 2018

Chelsea boots have long been the choice of some of the world’s most iconic musicians – including ‘The Modfather’ Paul Weller, who is also a fan of Paul Smith. This ‘Marlowe’ pair has been deftly made in Italy from black suede and features the designer’s signature stripes on the pull tabs.

The best Chelsea Boots to buy in 2018

Paul Smith Marlowe Chelsea Boots

£250

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Cheaney Godfrey Chelsea Boots

The best Chelsea Boots to buy in 2018

Cheaney’s ‘Godfrey’ Chelsea boots have been handcrafted in the label’s factory in Northamptonshire, England, from rich brown suede and lined with smooth leather for comfort. The Goodyear-welted soles have gripped rubber trims to provide substantial traction and durability without adding bulk to the design. Worth every penny.

The best Chelsea Boots to buy in 2018

Cheaney Godfrey Chelsea Boots

£375

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Common Projects Suede Chelsea Boots

The best Chelsea Boots to buy in 2018

Common Projects’ suede Chelsea boots are cool and understated. Designed with comfortably tapered toes, they’re set on cushioned rubber-crepe soles in a tonal hue. The embossed gold serial numbers are a brand signature.

The best Chelsea Boots to buy in 2018

Common Projects Suede Chelsea Boots

£375

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Lanvin Chelsea Boots

The best Chelsea Boots to buy in 2018

Lanvin’s Lucas Ossendrijver began his obsession with craftsmanship when he was an art student in Amsterdam – the designer would buy second-hand clothes and painstakingly take them apart to examine how they were made. The same fascination with quality is apparent in these handsome Chelsea boots. Stitched with velvety suede uppers, this pair has elasticated inserts and pliant leather soles.

The best Chelsea Boots to buy in 2018

Lanvin Chelsea Boots

£470

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Saint Laurent Suede Chelsea Boots

The best Chelsea Boots to buy in 2018

You don’t have to be as rock ‘n’ roll as the members of the Rolling Stones to wear Chelsea boots – though if you can pull it off, Saint Laurent’s pair will go very well with a pair of skinny jeans. They have been made in Italy from suede in a warm tan hue with complementary heels and welts.

The best Chelsea Boots to buy in 2018

Saint Laurent Suede Chelsea Boots

£640

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