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5 Days, 5 Ways: Suede Chelsea Boots

your best bet on warm weather boots

By Gabi Meyers | May 1 2017

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It makes me actually feel sweaty to see people rocking black leather lace up boots in temperatures over 75ºF – it’s not so much the leather that bothers me, but imagining the struggle of pulling them on, the effort of tying them up, the runaway socks, and, yes, also the heat of sun on leather.  All of it weighs on me, especially because leather boots are usually a bit heavier, and really designed for colder conditions. Of course, I understand that they’re going for a look, or don’t like sneakers, or don’t want their ankles getting all mucked up from the city sidewalk grime, but I’m hear to say there are other – better – options.

Enter the suede Chelsea boot. You might be thinking, “boots are for winter,” or other seasonally-discriminatory thoughts, but boots can be worn all year round – as long as you have a few pairs to cover your feet for various weather conditions. I will be the first to tell you that suede Chelsea boots are the opening 5 Days, 5 Ways of May, because they are not fit for April showers – get a pair of these for that. Suede, as you should already know, is also a no go for snow, but you can still wear your suede Chelsea boots on drier winter days. For Spring and Summer, pick up a pair in a lighter shade of suede with a crepe sole – they are both physically and visually light enough to wear all through the warmer weather. (And btw guys, these were brought to my attention by our regular reader, Zac! If there are any styles you want to see how to wear five ways, share ’em in the comments.)


A light colored suede Chelsea boot can add ease and elegance to any outfit this season.

Suit: Todd Snyder, Jacket, $589; Pants, $228 | Bandana: A.M.B.K, $40

Sweatshirt: United By Blue, $58 | Belt: Il Bisonte, $164 | Razor: Harry’s, $9

Wear it well: Pair your suede Chelsea boots with a casual suiting look for equal parts sophistication and fun.


Jacket: Barbour, $329 | Shirt: Everlane, $58 | Chinos: Gant, $130

Belt: Maximum Henry, $95 | Glasses: Warby Parker, $145

Pen: Uni, $6

Wear it well: A soft colored suede Chelsea boot calms down loud chinos for work.


Sweater: North Sea Clothing, $310 | Tee: Clot, $75

Pants: Carhartt WIP, $145 | Headphones: Urbanears, $99

Backpack: Herschel Supply Co., $68

Wear it well: Roll up the hem of your pants past your ankle to show off your Chelsea boots – and to balance out the slightly wider leg.


Leather Jacket: Golden Bear, $1,880 | Shirt: Gitman Vintage, $89

Jeans: A.P.C., $205 | Watch: Nixon, $88 | Fragrance: Maison Margiela, $126

Wear it well: A cool leather jacket can take your suede Chelsea boots out for after work drinks.


Shirt: Reiss, $180 | Pants: Outerknown, $125 | Hair Clay: Mr. Natty, $27

Wallet: Bellroy, $90 | Candle: Wood Wood, $48

Wear it well: Chelsea boots and cropped trousers are a match made in sartorial heaven.



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