Ask a team of eight editors the difference between a chelsea boot and an ankle boot, and you'll get a different answer each time. (Chelsea's are technically booties! They're supposed to have a loop on the back! Ankle boots always have a heel!) Despite the varied opinions, there is an overall consensus: Chelsea boots are comfy, versatile, and can be worn year-round, which makes them a must-have in every woman's closet. Shop the best on the market, below.
I can't say enough great things about Marc Fisher's pointy-toe chelsea boots, which come in nine (!) different styles. They're insanely comfortable, and look great when you're heading to those post-work drinks straight from the office. Pick the ivory or snakeskin if you want a pair you can wear year-round.
If you're not already the boss, you'll look (and feel) like one in Roger Vivier's buckled chelsea boots. The square-toe heels run a bit small, so make sure to order half a size up.
Everlane's chelsea boots with a two-inch stacked heel and a side zipper are what dreams are made of. Hundreds of reviewers rave about how soft and comfortable they are, plus they fit well for people with wide feet.
It would be a sin not to purchase at least one pair of Frye boots in your lifetime. The iconic boot brand is known for its incredible quality with its built-to-last durability made for work or play, and the Melissa chelsea boots give off a vintage feel.
You don't have to be in the desert to rock these with jeans or a dress. (Though they are a great excuse to plan a trip out west.)
Say goodbye to traditional rainboots and swap them with these glossy waterproof chelseas. You'll want to wear them even when it's not monsooning outside. Trust.
Expect lots of compliments every time you slide on a pair of Thursday Boots' chelsea boots with the statement pull tab in the back.
Fall in love with FP Collection's Spanish-made chelsea/clog hybrids that were made for the weekends.
If you're fancy and you know it, these spiked heel Christian Louboutin booties—and street style photographers—are calling your name.
The award for the perfect date night shoe goes to these crocodile cap toe chelsea boots. They're cute enough to make a statement, but low-key enough not to take away from that amazing dress you're wearing.
Okay, so these Alexander Wang boots walk a fine line between an ankle and chelsea boot, but how can you not obsess over the cut-out heel? They would look amazing with a white tee and jeans for an effortless look.
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