11 Chelsea Boots Under $250 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. (Chelseas 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 under $250, below.

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1 The Classic
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Frye, $219

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Frye's leather is known for its incredible quality with its built-to-last durability made for work or play.

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2 Metallic Wonder
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Marc Fisher, $71

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Name a better going out shoe than this metallic Marc Fisher chelsea boot. I'll wait.

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3 Level Up
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Fenty x Puma, $100

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Only the inimitable Rihanna could turn a chelsea boot into a half platform sneaker.

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4 Cut It Out
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Sorel, $140

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No need to commit to a full-on rain boot or snow boot—these cutout babies will save you in all kinds of weather with their no-skid traction underneath.

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5 Patent Leather Magic
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Free People x Jeffrey Campbell, $198

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Jeffrey Campbell designs an unconventional chelsea boot wrapped in patent leather that's perfect for dinner and drinks.

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6 Zipped Up
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3.1 Phillip Lim, $192

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A classic chelsea/ankle silhouette that will stay at the front of your closet with its half leather, half suede mix.

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7 All About Velvet
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Urban Outfitters, $60

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Your favorite booties just got a velvet upgrade.

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8 The Glossies
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Hunter, $145

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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.

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9 Lost in the Desert
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Free People, $248

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You don't have to be in the desert to rock these on a summer day with jeans or a dress. (Though they are a great excuse to plan a trip out west.)

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10 Back to the '90s
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Urban Outfitters, $89

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Fuel your nostalgia with these square-toed, '90s-inspired chunky chelsea boots.

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11 Tell Me About It, Stud
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Shutz, $119

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It's all in the details with this neutral pair of chelseas lined with metallic studs.

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