Chelsea boots are super cool, and they happen to be really “in style” right now. But are they a good choice for shorter men? Read on to find out…
Here's the short answer (pun intended):
Yes, shorter gents can wear Chelsea boots. In fact, they're an excellent choice for men of modest height.
In this post, I'll reveal why I think Chelsea boots are perfect for shorter men and show you how I like to wear them.
It seems like most stylish men agree that Chelsea boots are pretty darn cool. They're definitely very popular right now, and I don't think they're going anywhere for a long time.
According to Wikipedia, Chelsea boots are “close-fitting, ankle-high boots with an elastic side panel” that “date back to the Victorian era” and, historically, have been worn by men and women.
So, even though they're trending now, they're actually pretty classic. That's a good thing if you're the type of guy who wants to build a timeless, versatile wardrobe.
Here's why, as a 5'6″ guy, I like Chelsea boots:
- They're very easy to slip on and off (which is not true for most boots).
- They add 1.25″ to your height (but they're not elevator shoes).
- They can be easily dressed up or down.
- They set you apart because most guys don't own a pair.
The only thing you have to watch out for with Chelsea boots is the sizing. Since they don't have laces, they can't be tightened. So you want to make sure to get a nice snug fit.
Unlike some other brands, Thursday Boots are pretty true to size. Their size 7 boots fit my feet perfectly, especially since I like to wear thick socks with boots. They're also lightweight and low profile (not always the case with Chelseas).
All things considered, I think these boots are a great choice for men of modest height – or any man, for that matter.
How to Wear Chelsea Boots
Like I mentioned above, these types of boots can be dressed up or down. But I think they're perfect for more casual outfits. Not “shorts and t-shirt” casual, but “jeans and button up” casual.
This light brown “honey” color looks amazing with lighter wash jeans. It also looks good with light neutrals (white, cream, tan) and many different shades of blue and green.
I think suede is a great choice for Chelsea boots, especially if you're planning on wearing them with more casual outfits.
These particular boots are made with WeatherSafe suede, which is water resistant.
This means I don't have to worry about getting caught in the rain. Unlike most of my other suede shoes, these aren't reserved just for sunny days with no chance of rain.
For me, Chelsea boots occupy the same space as chukka boots. They're a nice blend between casual and dressy. I think the honey color of these boots is a great choice for anyone looking to buy their first pair of Chelsea boots.
I also have a pair of chocolate brown suede Chelseas, but I find myself reaching for these light brown boots much more often.
Since this is a pretty simple outfit, I added a couple of accessories to spruce it up, including one of my favorite watches and belts:
The brown and green in this camo canvas belt go well with my boots and windbreaker.
These boots will also look great with chinos (khaki, tan, olive or navy) or even wool trousers. They're appropriate for any season, although I wouldn't wear them in snowy, slushy weather conditions.
Do you wear Chelsea boots?
I've had quite a few people ask if Chelsea boots are a good choice for shorter men. Now that you know my opinion, I have to ask:
Do you own a pair? Are you going to buy some? If so, check out Thursday Boots 😉
Questions/thoughts? Leave a comment below!