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12 Chelsea Boots You'll Want to Wear Everywhere

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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.

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Best for the Office
'Yale' Chelsea Boot
Marc Fisher LTD Nordstrom

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. 

The Confidence Booster
Très Vivier Buckle Chelsea Boot
Roger Vivier Nordstrom

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. 

Best for Wide Feet
The Day Boot

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.  

Best Quality
Melissa Chelsea Boot

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.

Best for Everyday
Blundstone 550 Chelsea Boot
Blundstone Free People

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.)

Most Versatile
Women's Refined Slim Fit Quilted Gloss Chelsea Boots

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. 

The Classic Pair
Duchess Chelsea Boot
Thursday Boots

Expect lots of compliments every time you slide on a pair of Thursday Boots' chelsea boots with the statement pull tab in the back. 

For a Rustic Look
Essential Chelsea Boot
FP Collection Free People

Fall in love with FP Collection's Spanish-made chelsea/clog hybrids that were made for the weekends. 

The Insta-Worthy Pair
Study Spike Heel Chelsea Bootie
Christian Louboutin Nordstrom

If you're fancy and you know it, these spiked heel Christian Louboutin booties—and street style photographers—are calling your name. 

Best for Date Night
UO Anna Crocodile Cap Toe Chelsea Boot
Urban Outfitters

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.  

The Edgy Pair
Kori Cutout Leather Chelsea Boots
Alexander Wang Net-a-Porter

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. 

Most Supportive
Two-Tone Patent Leather Chelsea Boots
Prada Moda Operandi

No need to commit to a full-on rain boot or snow boot—these two-tone Prada chunky patent leather boots with rubber soles will save you in all kinds of weather with their no-skid traction underneath.


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