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!
Loeffler Randall Chelsea Slip-On Sneaker Boot ($295)
This pair is a brilliant hybrid between a Chelsea boot and a pair of sneakers.
Fiorentini & Baker Etex leather Chelsea boots ($420)
The knitted elastic insert on this pair ups its cool factor.
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.
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.