Thursday, 26 March 2015

The Perfect Ladies Chelsea Boots - from No. 201

I have a long past history love affair with classic chelsea boots. I've normally gone with black or oxblood, but the major traits have always been the same. They must be high quality soft leather, boast a thick all-leather sole, and be stunning to look at. I think therefore, upon browsing this morning, I may just have found the Holy Grail of chelsea boots.

No. 201 features a shaft that reaches just above the ankle, a flat heel, and cross straps that rise from the bottom of the shoe, wrap diagonally around the ankle, and ensure overall shoe fit. This women’s Jodhpur boot has a youthful charm that’s underscored by the cognac-coloured leather upper, made of the finest French calf.

This so-called »fixed-strap Jodhpur« has its roots in British India. Even at such a far remove from their homeland, the British guard stationed in India couldn’t resist indulging in their favourite equestrian sport, polo. The tropical Indian climate was too warm for traditional riding boots, which led these soldiers to create boots with a shorter shaft. And thus the Jodhpur was born—it was most likely named for the Maharaja of Jodhpur.

Although the Jodhpur boot was originally conceived as a men’s shoe, No. 210 has been made using a feminine last form—namely, the classic last. The rounded toe cap is sleek and elegant, and also makes for comfortable wear. While the matte, gleaming upper is made entirely of fully-dyed cognac calf leather, the lining and insole are made of vegetable-tanned cowhide. Its high proportion of leather and Goodyear-welted construction make this women’s Jodhpur boot breathable, comfortable and extremely long-lasting. The crowning touch: a Rendenbach leather sole, widely considered the best in the world, as well as a Rendenbach heel.

No. 201 is an excellent choice for leisure activities—it’s a great match for skinny jeans, which highlight the cross straps and buckle closure. This women’s Jodhpur boot can also be worn to offices that don’t have particularly strict dress codes. When worn with wide-leg trousers, this boot looks just like a typical flat shoe.

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