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Epaulet
Carver Chelsea Boot Oxblood Horsehide

$275.00

 

Item Description  Sizing Construction and Origin Mike's Notes

For over 150 years, rock stars and viscounts alike have called the Chelsea their own. First forged by Queen Victoria’s private cobbler, this revolutionary “elastic ankle boot” was designed to take the most in-demand dandies from full-gallop in stirrups to parqueted literary salons without breaking their stride. In the swinging 60s, the horse became a motorcycle and the destination was an underground club in London’s Chelsea district, but the essential versatility was unchanged. The Chelsea is a boot for every scene and every century.

The "Carver" is our sleek interpretation of this classic mainstay. Designed with a tapered last and comfortable blake-stitch construction, its versatile shape can be effortlessly worn casually or dressed up. Each pair is meticulously crafted in Portugal. 

This dark oxblood horsehide has an incredible finish and look. The color is a mixture of deep burgundy and rich reddish-brown. Tanned in Portugal, its official name is "Couro Cavalo" The skin is taken from the front quarter and has both a high natural oil content and a signature small visible grain. The effect is slightly distressed and the hand is radically supple. This unique skin will age beautifully with wear. 

Epaulet Chelsea Boots run true to size. If you typically wear a 10D in dress shoes, then we recommend ordering a US10 in these. For a comparison to our dress shoes, this size would correspond to a 10D in the Alden Aberdeen last, a 9.5D in the Alden Barrie or Tru-Balance last, and a 9UK in most Carmina lasts. Many of our customers also tend to wear the same size in these as they would in a Converse Jack Purcell or Vans Authentic - which can be a useful comparison for getting fitted locally. 

For European customers looking at the EU size, we also recommend purchasing your typical size. 

The Carver Chelsea Boot is made in Portugal using gorgeous full-grain genuine horsehide leather. This stunning leather has a soft finish and an extremely supple hand. The comfortable last has a sleek profile, and a tapered toe.

The boot is made with traditional blake construction. The upper is connected to the sole and leather welt via a single interior stitch. This gives the boot exceptional lightness and comfort. The sole flexes freely as you walk and has almost no break-in period. These boots are fully re-craftable, and can be easily resoled by a cobbler when needed. 

The Italian-made rubber sole is water and oil-resistant. It has a durable lug pattern which provides grip on wet surfaces and protects the blake stitch as you walk.A kidskin glove leather liner extends throughout the interior. 

Worn with jeans, with chinos, with trousers, or with a suit, the timeless Chelsea boot always cuts a rakish profile. 

I designed the Carver to jive with our collection. It's tapered toe works with the profile of our trousers, and its versatility allows it to match with nearly everything that we offer. 

On top of that, it's the absolute best Chelsea on the market for the money. You know how we operate here at Epaulet!