When it may be months until we can fully trust an early morning clear blue sky or the slippery frosts they bring, a chunky Chelsea boot is a chic way to take no chances in these changeable climes.
Thick, flat and platformed, a rubber-soled stomper adds grit to the most feminine of silhouettes while serving as a sturdy and practical companion for the tail end of these cold and rainy days.
Don’t just take it from us, Vogue touted the style as the must-have shoe of the season and designers like The Row, Bottega Veneta, Prada and Burberry have been leading this grungy ‘90s trend back around, with a chunky Chelsea boot a-foot most of the models in their pre-Covid-19 shows.
Closer to home, Karen Walker stocks a Dr Martens version in her Playpark stores and online, Beau Coop has designed a crocodile print number, and the footwear has been favoured to accessorise the campaign shoots of local designers like Harris Tapper and Paris Georgia. High street heroes Hannah’s, Zara and Tony Bianco also stock more budget-friendly versions.
Though typically black, we’ve spied chunky Chelseas in a covetable array of tan, chestnut and white hues with plain, suede and patent finishes to give your prettiest floral spring dresses or favourite jeans and jumper combo an edge.