We’ve seen recently that every stylish woman only needs five boot styles in her closet come fall—but there’s one boot that reigns supreme above them all when it comes to cool-girl status. Enter: the Chelsea.
Beloved by badass ladies from Alexa Chung to Rihanna to Cara Delevingne, the Chelsea boot is special because it gives off a message in a way that most other boots don’t—their incredibly sturdy silhouette, combined with their utilitarian build, lets everyone know that you’re way too cool to be fussy about your footwear. Oh, and there’s this little piece of trivia: They were originally patented in 1851 by Queen Victoria’s shoemaker J. Sparkes-Hall, who once said, “[Queen Victoria] walks in them daily and thus gives the strongest proof of the value she attaches to the invention.”
If they’re good enough for Queen Victoria, they’ll definitely work for us. Scroll down to shop 22 pairs of the rock star-inspired boots now!
Absolutely Chelsea Boots ($125)
The oxblood elastic panel on this rubber pair takes them from basic to edgy.
Advent Chelsea Boots ($90)
The cutout leather design over the panel gives them a feminine touch.
ASOS Leather Ankle Boots ($97)
For a more polished look, opt for this pair, which comes in textured white leather.
Chloé Gold Studded Chelsea Boots ($995)
With its gold studs and ultra-pointy toe, this shoe just screams “rock star.”
10 Crosby Derek Lam Chelsea Booties ($450)
The contrast of rich black leather and the sole’s sandalwood is quite visually intriguing.
Stuart Weitzman Chelsea Booties ($475)
This is a perfect example of a classic Chelsea boot: an all-black shoe with a solid toe that hits right above the ankle.
Ronaldo Hi-Shine Chelsea Boots ($157)
The dark hunter green hue gives these shoes a natural vibe that’s largely absent in the boot world.
Loeffler Randall Chelsea Slip-On Sneaker Boot ($295)
This pair is a brilliant hybrid between a Chelsea boot and a pair of sneakers.
To Boot New York Newbern Chelsea Boots ($375)
The orangey hue of this pair looks delicious enough to eat.
Fiorentini & Baker Etex leather Chelsea boots ($420)
The knitted elastic insert on this pair ups its cool factor.
Blightly Chelsea Boots ($75)
The small gold buckle adds just the right amount of hardware.
Toga Pulla Embellished Leather Chelsea Boots ($550)
We’re in love with this cowboy boot-inspired version.
Church's Monmouth Glossed-Leather Chelsea Boots ($590)
A Chelsea boot in a cognac tone might just be the perfect fall shoe.
ASOS Leather Ankle Boots ($97)
The sharp angles created by the recessed elastic give this pair a decidedly tough vibe.
Jeffrey Campbell Oriley Ankle Boot ($175)
Not a fan of the elastic insert? Check out this pair that does away with it entirely.
Avec Moderation Pimlico Chelsea Boots ($515)
This classic black pair’s nude panel has a slightly shimmery gold treatment.
Age Vintage Chelsea Boots ($124)
We love this vintage pair; the worn-in leather almost has an iridescent sheen.
ASOS Leather Chelsea Ankle Boots ($97)
The classic Chelsea gets a perfect transitional makeover in distressed white leather.
Burberry Equestrian Buckle Chelsea Rain Boots ($375)
You wouldn’t know it on first glance, but these Burberry beauties are actually rain boots.
Isabel Marant Étoile Dewar Leopard-Print Boots ($660)
For the brave of heart: Try a pair in a bold leopard print.
Alexander Wang Anouck Chelsea Boots with Rose Gold Hardware ($620)
Wang’s now-iconic Chelsea boot features an unmistakable cutout above the heel.