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Written By: Niki Landry
There are a handful of shoe styles that surpass trends and become a classic wardrobe staple. The Chelsea boot is one of those styles, and it has the added advantage of being a perfect shoe to bring on your travels.
Ankle boots are some of the best boots for travel in transitional seasons and cold weather. In fact, these are some of our top picks of the season!
Start by reading these general tips on choosing the best shoes for travel:
- 10 Steps to Packing the Best Travel Shoes
- The Importance of Packing the Best Shoes for Travel
- Don’t Break these Travel Shoe Rules
- Where to Shop for Comfort Shoes
The Chelsea is a type of ankle boot that’s simple but stylish, comfy, and versatile, making it a great addition to most packing lists.
Keep reading for a detailed look at what makes the Chelsea boot a smart travel companion and a shopping list of styles to suit every taste.
The traditional Chelsea boot is a pull-on style shoe characterized by elastic side panels, a suede or leather upper, and a low stacked heel.
The boot shaft hits just above the ankle with a pull tab on the back. Its streamlined construction makes it a great complement for relaxed and contemporary outfits.
It’s a boot borrowed from the boys, and it brings a masculine element to your wardrobe. If you are looking for a boot to invest in or one that will stand the test of the time, look no further than a classic Chelsea boot.
Not sure which clothes to wear with them? Here’s how to wear ankle boots.
With many of the same characteristics as the classic boots above, these modern Chelsea boots have small changes or upgrades to suit different tastes and needs.
A lower ankle shaft may be a better fit for shorter women, or maybe you are shopping for a boot with a taller heel or pointed toe. They still maintain the versatility, simplicity, and comfort of the classic.
The easy pull-on style of the Chelsea makes it a favorite shape for rain boots. The lower shaft and lighter weight, compared to traditional rain boots, makes it easier to pack and a smarter choice for trips where you know waterproof shoes are a necessity.
Hunter boots are the popular choice for rain footwear, but these other styles can keep your feet dry at a favorable lower price point.
Here’s our full round-up of the 13 cute rain boots in ankle-length!
If your shopping budget is tight this season or you’d rather save your hard-earned money for your trip, the styles above are more affordable Chelsea boot options. It’s the same chic look for less money.
I’m particularly fond of the beige pair with vented sides and wood block heel. These guys are low enough for extended wear, and can be easily styled with any fall or winter outfit.
Overall, these styles may not have the life span of a high quality pair of boots, but they should get you through one or two seasons.
For budget boot finds, take a look at this round-up!
Expensive doesn’t always mean better, but you can usually expect a high quality of construction and materials with a pricier shoe. In addition to the leather wearing well, you can usually get high end boots repaired or resoled after extensive wear.
When shopping for investment wardrobe pieces, it’s best to stick to classic styles and colors and shy away from trendy details or shapes.
The styles above would work for someone looking for a shoe they plan to keep and wear for years. The Cole Haan shoes have a waterproof coating without the rubber rainboot look, making them ideal for travel.
What do you think are the best Chelsea boots for travel? Please share your comments below!
For more tips on travel shoes, please read:
- Best Ankle Boots for Fall 2016
- Why Ankle Booties are the Best Travel Shoes for Europe in Spring
- 23 Budget-Friendly Autumn/Winter Boots
- How to Choose the Best Travel Shoes
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Author Bio: Niki is an interior designer and artist from Louisiana. In addition to her design work, she writes for local and online publications sharing her experiences and passion for travel. Niki is currently adding stamps to her passport while building her design practice, Niki Landry Designs.