Chelsea boots at a memorial service

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I am really glad both of you have disapproved of the look. These days many igents talk well of the look, but personally I find chelsea boots to be an awful look that is totally unacceptable when worn with suits. Most aussie politicians wear RM.Williams chelsea boots with suits too.

Chelsea boots are a casual boot to be worn with casual pants and never with trousers.


Boris Johnson's shoo, also look at the laces.
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Chelsea boots and trousers go back to ‘booted and suited’ mods, Beatles and Stones. That genie is never going back in the bottle now.
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Chelsea boots and trousers go back to ‘booted and suited’ mods, Beatles and Stones. That genie is never going back in the bottle now.
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Yes, but that’s rock and roll. Like Beatle jackets.

You can wear them but it still doesn’t look right. Especially on a former Prime Minister at a memorial service.
 

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Meh, I’d say brown Chelsea’s and a casual suit are widely acceptable these days. Definitely in Australia, where it is the National Boot.

I’d definitely agree that they are never suitable for a formal service.

In fact, I don’t see the point in owning black Chelsea boots.

Full disclosure: I wore black Chelsea’s to my wedding, many many years ago. I’d like to think I’ve learned a bit since then.
 

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Well Australia gets a pass. Australia Prime Ministers wear them with pride and RM Williams are a great iconic boot.

Are you still based in Australia? Your cricket comment the other day( Northern hemisphere) threw me.
 

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Are you still based in Australia? Your cricket comment the other day( Northern hemisphere) threw me.
I’ve been stuck in the US for over 12 years. I have three passports (though one is ‘honorary’). Might have a fourth if South Vietnam still existed. But the longer I’m away, the more Australian I feel (rose coloured and myopic retrospect and all that).
 

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Boris Johnson's shoo, also look at the laces.
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There's no real excuse for that kind of shoe abuse. I notice that the Daily Mail is running with some photos of Boris doing some grocery shopping in Tesco's and complaining that it's ''certainly not statesmanlike.'' Beats May's attempt at illiciting warmth and empathy with the interview in which she said she likes to unwind with whisky and baked beans and at weekends got the ironing board out to do her hubby's shirts.

Looks like Boris is practising the lost art of wearing a pair of shoes until they disintegrate.

I’ve been stuck in the US for over 12 years. I have three passports (though one is ‘honorary’). Might have a fourth if South Vietnam still existed. But the longer I’m away, the more Australian I feel (rose coloured and myopic retrospect and all that).
I got three passports, a couple of visas, You don't even know my real name....

I feel very much a Brit these days, but I still have no desire or intention of going back permanently. I prefer to be somewhat mildy eccentric, like Noel Coward's Mad Dogs and Englishman and as I get older and more sangfroid, a gentleman ambassador of English style.
 

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Well Australia gets a pass. Australia Prime Ministers wear them with pride and RM Williams are a great iconic boot.

Are you still based in Australia? Your cricket comment the other day( Northern hemisphere) threw me.
I think Australians get a pass on black RMs with suits. Even though I never do it. Well I have done brown suede RMs with Cord suit. It does make a difference which model RM is used. Some are a lot sleeker than others.
 

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Nothing wrong with Chelsea boots with a suit. Long before the Beatles et al they were formal walking shoes in the Victorian era, a slightly more convenient version of button boots which of course are totally anachronistic now but their formality surely couldn’t be questioned?
Leaving politics aside they don’t look bad and certainly not disrespectful worn with a dark suit at a funeral.

There’s a broad range of formality of Chelsea boots of course. Sleek lasted and polished Crockett and Jones versions are a million miles from scuffed up chunky-soled Blundstones.
 

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There's no real excuse for that kind of shoe abuse. I notice that the Daily Mail is running with some photos of Boris doing some grocery shopping in Tesco's and complaining that it's ''certainly not statesmanlike.'' Beats May's attempt at illiciting warmth and empathy with the interview in which she said she likes to unwind with whisky and baked beans and at weekends got the ironing board out to do her hubby's shirts.

Looks like Boris is practising the lost art of wearing a pair of shoes until they disintegrate.



I got three passports, a couple of visas, You don't even know my real name....

I feel very much a Brit these days, but I still have no desire or intention of going back permanently. I prefer to be somewhat mildy eccentric, like Noel Coward's Mad Dogs and Englishman and as I get older and more sangfroid, a gentleman ambassador of English style.
Eliciting. Illiciting is what this government does behind our backs.
 

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I am really glad both of you have disapproved of the look. These days many igents talk well of the look, but personally I find chelsea boots to be an awful look that is totally unacceptable when worn with suits. Most aussie politicians wear RM.Williams chelsea boots with suits too.

Chelsea boots are a casual boot to be worn with casual pants and never with trousers.


Boris Johnson's shoo, also look at the laces.
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Good Lord! Has he no sense of style...or maintenance, for that matter? However, I have to like Johnson. After all, like me, he was a Balliol Greatsman. He was also a member of the Bullingdon Club, which of course I wasn't...but it sounds like fun! I know the Bullingdon Club has a strange uniform: As I recall, they wear blue tailcoats with brass buttons, a mustard yellow waistcoat and a sky blue bowtie (or maybe it's a blue waistcoat and yellow tie), but I don't know if they have a prescribed footgear. Anyway, here's picture of the "Bullers," evidently from some years back, since I gather their current membership has dwindled to almost nothing.

(I have no idea how to post photos, so I don't know how this providentially popped into this post!)
 
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Good Lord! Has he no sense of style...or maintenance, for that matter? However, I have to like Johnson. After all, like me, he was a Balliol Greatsman. He was also a member of the Bullingdon Club, which of course I wasn't...but it sounds like fun! I know the Bullingdon Club has a strange uniform: As I recall, they wear blue tailcoats with brass buttons, a mustard yellow waistcoat and a sky blue bowtie (or maybe it's a blue waistcoat and yellow tie), but I don't know if they have a prescribed footgear. Anyway, here's picture of the "Bullers," evidently from some years back, since I gather their current membership has dwindled to almost nothing.

(I have no idea how to post photos, so I don't know how this providentially popped into this post!)
That kind of photo with priviliged young gentlemen is strictly out of vogue now and the politician members of the Bullingdon Club prefer to forget they were ever members at least to the public. There's still a market for young toffs, but they have to lose the plummy accents and that look of pure defiance at the demise of the empire and the class system. It's a facial expression that only exists in those who have attended the elite public schools and instantly recognizable as a visual manifestation of class and breeding. You won't see that look in someone dragged-up on a sink estate, or someone from the middle classes.

These Chelsea boots from the Dutch shoemaker, Greve look just the ticket:
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That kind of photo with priviliged young gentlemen is strictly out of vogue now and the politician members of the Bullingdon Club prefer to forget they were ever members at least to the public. There's still a market for young toffs, but they have to lose the plummy accents and that look of pure defiance at the demise of the empire and the class system. It's a facial expression that only exists in those who have attended the elite public schools and instantly recognizable as a visual manifestation of class and breeding. You won't see that look in someone dragged-up on a sink estate, or someone from the middle classes.

These Chelsea boots from the Dutch shoemaker, Greve look just the ticket:
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Neither fish nor fowl though I like the last shape. I prefer the monk boot you previously posted. Should be no straps on a Chelsea. Either the gusset and no strap or no gusset and the strap. The strap seems out of place and superfluous. I'd prefer a slanted strap as opposed to the horizontal one. Has a combo Chelsea-jodhpur-monk vibe and not in a good way.
 

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Neither fish nor fowl though I like the last shape. I prefer the monk boot you previously posted. Should be no straps on a Chelsea. Either the gusset and no strap or no gusset and the strap. The strap seems out of place and superfluous. I'd prefer a slanted strap as opposed to the horizontal one. Has a combo Chelsea-jodhpur-monk vibe and not in a good way.
if they ditched the strap it would be a handsome chelsea.
 

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Neither fish nor fowl though I like the last shape. I prefer the monk boot you previously posted. Should be no straps on a Chelsea. Either the gusset and no strap or no gusset and the strap. The strap seems out of place and superfluous. I'd prefer a slanted strap as opposed to the horizontal one. Has a combo Chelsea-jodhpur-monk vibe and not in a good way.
This. All of it!
 

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I actually like the strap, as it transforms the shoe into something a band member of The Flock of Seagulls, Spandau Ballet, Simple Minds, or the Thompson Twins might have worn circa 1982/83.
 

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I actually like the strap, as it transforms the shoe into something a band member of The Flock of Seagulls, Spandau Ballet, Simple Minds, or the Thompson Twins might have worn circa 1982/83.
Really Flock of seagulls?
 

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Really Flock of seagulls?
Don't knock them, good Liverpool lads who on realising they were not quite up to The Beatles, hit and run during the second British invasion and with the proceeds of their international charting moved to Florida and set-up boat repair yards and restaurants. Such things were the stuff of dreams for us Brits back in the 80s.
 
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