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
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.
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.)
- Brown felt hat by Stetson (Vintage)
- Green herringbone silk/cashmere jacket (part of suit) by Michael Andrews Bespoke (cloth by Ariston)
- Brown micro-houndstooth waistcoat by Michael Andrews Bespoke (Cloth by Ariston A 947/11)
- Green striped oxford shirt by Gitman Brothers
- Aviator shades by Randolph Engineering
- “New Standard” Raw denim jeans by APC
- “Remington” leather chelsea boots by Aldo
- Brown leather tote by Frank Clegg x Dan Trepanier
2. West Coast Safari
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.
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.
3. Spring Business
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.
There you have it, three of the endless ways to wear Spring’s hottest boot: the cognac chelsea.
Thanks, as always, for reading.
Yours in style,
Articles of Style
Photography by Alex Crawford