1 Piece/3 Ways: Cognac Chelsea Boots

April 4th, 2014

I love finding affordable footwear with simple, elegant design.

After writing so much about the value of expensive footwear, I think affordable shoes have gotten a bad rap.  After all, I think one of the best things you can do to make your expensive shoes really last the test of time, is to add a couple pairs to your rotation to give them a break.

Here’s a great example of a fill-in-the-gap pair that I just picked up. They’re the “Remington” leather chelsea boots by Aldo (only $108 with promo code BUY100 – ends Sunday). I have a few nicer pairs of chelsea boots in my line-up, but didn’t have anything in a rich cognac brown; which in my opinion is the sharpest color for Spring footwear. I didn’t want to drop another $400+ on benchmade chelseas, I just wanted something to fill a gap in my rotation, and these have been doing a fantastic job.

Here’s three ways to wear them (although, you can probably wear them with just about anything).

1. Stick & Move

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I’m off to New York tonight.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m an obsessively light packer. I carry the absolute minimum amount of weight in luggage. Any trip under a week is strictly carry-on (and if the trip is longer I’d rather do laundry than lug around a big bag that needs to be checked). The trick is wearing versatile layers on the plane.

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Four days in NYC = everything worn here, plus a tote containing:

  • Green trousers (to match jacket)
  • Houndstooth trousers (to match waistcoat)
  • Khaki trench coat
  • Chambray shirt
  • White oxford shirt
  • Heather grey cardigan

There are dozens of different outfit combination with just these pieces. (I have no problem wearing the same item twice – or more sometimes – on road trips. A good steam and press goes a long way.)

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Forest Tweed Suit



Mint Bengal Stripe Oxford Shirt

2. West Coast Safari

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Living on the Wild Wild West coast has had all kinds of influences on my style. Here for example, unconsciously showing a little southern country/safari vibes. It’s different out West…compared to the sharp lines and professional attitude of NYC.

The style if as different as the lifestyle. More on that later.

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I found this white linen safari coat in a dusty vintage warehouse where we sometimes dig for treasure. It’s missing the belt, but I think I paid $7 for it. It could probably use a little nip & tuck chez Franklin – but I like it a little sloppy and flowy.

The henley was an unexpected Christmas gift from Vince. Usually I don’t promote things just because they are mailed to our office…but this cashmere henley is unbelievable soft and probably the most comfortable top I own. They’re known for the hand of their fabrics.

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  • Brown felt hat by Stetson (Vintage) ·
  • Clear frame sunglasses by Vintage ·
  • White linen safari jacket by Ralph Lauren (Vintage) ·
  • Cashmere waffle henley by Vince ·
  • Braided leather belt by Trafalgar ·
  • Houndstooth socks by Ralph Lauren ·
  • “Remington” leather chelsea boots by Aldo
  • · Khaki chinos by Polo Ralph Lauren


Khaki Cotton Trouser

3. Spring Business

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And of course, a sharp cognac chelsea boot should be smooth enough to keep up with your best Spring suit.

This navy cotton number (in a beautiful Ariston cotton with slight sheen) is a workhorse for me come Spring/Summer. It’s like having a go-to lightweight blazer and a pair of can’t-fail chinos.

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The baby pink shirt is courtesy of our friend Angel, as you can probably tell by the high-standing power collar.

The herringbone cashmere tie is also handmade in Italy by Angel Bespoke, and it is an absolutely masterpiece.

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There you have it, three of the endless ways to wear Spring’s hottest boot: the cognac chelsea.

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  • Tortoise and silver sunglasses by Matsuda ·
  • Pink shirt by Angel Bespoke ·
  • Cashmere tie by Angel Bespoke ·
  • Pink/green stripe socks by Paul Smith ·
  • “Remington” leather chelsea boots by Aldo
  • · Navy cotton suit


Royal Cotton Suit

 

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Articles of Style

 

Photography by Alex Crawford