steep v cheap chelsea boot

The inevitable dip in temperature has finally arrived, and we’re looking to put away our perfectly pedicured toes for another round of winter-induced hibernation. Bring on the boots!

And when it comes to slipping into a pair so trusty, you could practically wear them to bed (OK, maybe not), we wouldn’t consider any style other than the classic Chelsea boot. With its easy to slip on elasticated panel, sturdy heel and buttery soft leather exterior; a black Chelsea boot is the epitome of dressing down with a refined, almost innately British edge.

Worn with a dress; models’ uniform of skinny jeans and a slouchy tee, or used to add an informal edge to a crisp white shirt and tailored pants, we love the versatility and comfort the humble Chelsea boot offers. And with so many options available in stores right now, we don’t blame you for being stuck on which pair to buy.

So, to make it a little easier, we’ve picked out two options to suit both ends of the budget – whether you’re a high street hoarder, or a stickler for high-end splurges!

Displaying the beauty of the Chelsea boot to the fullest, we’re digging this beautifully crafted pair by Saint Laurent. Glossy black leather is paired with an ultra-comfortable three inch heel, making these boots the perfect everyday option. But cashing in at £720, you’ll be left with great looking feet, but not such a healthy looking bank balance! You choose.

Still need a boot fix, but on a sensible budget? Look to the holy grail of high street shopping, Zara, where you can pick up an equally hard-working pair for a snippet of Saint Laurent’s sky high price tag – a mere £79.99! Offering a similar style, but with a two inch heel, clad your feet in luxurious leather and become the envy of your friends, with all that post-purchase change to spare!

Will you splurge or save?

Steep: Saint Laurent leather Chelsea boot, £720, available at Net-a-Porter

Cheap: Leather Chelsea ankle boot, £79.99, available at Zara

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