Blundstone Chelsea Boot Review

By Jess
13 Sep 2021
Blundstone Chelsea Boot Review

Outfit details: ABLE Cynthia Sweatshirt, Everlane Straight Leg, Blundstone Chelsea, Von Zipper Sunglasses, ABLE Tote (Use code JAK20 for 20% off your ABLE purchase).

I got my first pair of Blundstones a few years ago. I wanted a pair for a long time and finally purchased the Blundstone High Top, and to be honest, I didn’t love them. Womp womp. I didn’t order the right size and that particular style is just really hard to break in. I’m not one to enjoy a long break in period, so I decided to try a different pair. I got the Blundstone Chelsea Boot. This time I ordered the right size and it was love at first wear. Unlike the high top, the Blundstone Chelsea Boot is an ankle boot needed very minimal breaking in and were comfortable enough for me to wear on a long walk right out of the box. I get questions about them all the time so here is my full review!

Blundstone Chelsea Boot Review

The Chelsea boot was originally made as rugged working boots in Australian often worn by horse riders. It was when Queen Victoria first sported the boot back in 1851 that it began to gain popularity and versatility.

One of my favorite things about the Blundstone Chelsea Boots is that they’re so versatile. They’re the kind of boots you really don’t want to take off once you put them on. These leather boots just get better with age too. The break in period is short, I wore them right out of the box, but they continue to get more comfortable with every wear. They’re super sturdy without being too heavy, and great for everything from hiking to a day date.

A question I get pretty frequently is if these are a good snow boot. My answer is yes, with a caveat. It really depends on the activity and how much snow we’re talking. These are not a super high boot, so if you’re trudging through deep snow, I’d recommend an actual snow boot (these are my favorites). For regular snow days (and rain) they’re amazing. I wear them all winter and they protect my feet and keep them warm and dry. They clean up so easily. I’ve hosed them off after a muddy hike and they look good as new.

I got the rustic brown/mustard color because I had the high top in rustic black. My mom has the dark green which also looks really nice in person. If I were to get another pair I’d really like to try the dress boot in rustic black. I got Craig a pair of the Chelsea boots too and here wears them a TON. He’s very picky so his endorsement says a lot.

Are Chelsea Boots Still In Style?

Yes. Honestly, chelsea boots are timeless and so versatile. They go with any trend and are an excellent investment. This is a boot that will be worn again and again, time and time again, year after year. Trust me! You won’t regret the investment in a Chelsea boot that will last for years to come.

Sizing

Sizing advice seems to be a little all over the place so I’ll just share from my personal experience. I have narrow feet and I’m typically a 7-7.5 but with the Blundstone Chelsea Boot I went up to a size 8. And I tried the 7 but the surface of the boot was too small and the 7.5 and they still felt a little tight. I knew I’d want to wear thick socks so I went up to an 8 and they fit perfectly. I used the additional insole the boots came with and got just the right fit. Depending on how your foot is shaped, Blundstones are somewhat narrow so you may need to order a size up like me.

How to Style Blundstone Boots

I wear my Blundstone Chelsea Boots a ton of different ways.

Hiking

For hiking I usually wear them with Pact leggings and Smartwool socks.

Everyday Casual

For an everyday look, I like to style them with a slightly cropped style pant, this pair I’ve had for a few years is a favorite. They also look great with straight leg jeans like this pair.

Dressed Up

If I’m wearing them with a dress I’ll usually go for a midi length like this style or this one from Sézane. I rounded up some more outfit ideas on this Pinterest board.

Are Blundstone Chelsea Boots Waterproof?

Yes. I wear my boots rain or shine and they are truly built for any weather. Cold, wet, snowy, you name it and the Blundstone Chelsea boots can handle it! They are made for both work and comfort from authentic, durable leather and actually originated as an Australian work boot that has now become a fashion staple. You can use a leather conditioner, polish spray or cream to help maintain the condition of your boots. Blundstones sells these products that are made specifically for the make of their boots. You can check their website to learn how to apply leather conditioners.

Tips for Breaking In Blundstones

Size up

Blundstones tend to run a bit small so I recommend sizing up to ensure they are comfortable. I also like to wear mine with thicker socks during the colder months so having a little room to spare is important.

Wear Thick Socks

Honestly I didn’t really have to break my chelsea boots in. They were comfortable right out of the box. If you get a different style the breaking in process might take a little longer. Wear thicker socks until you begin to break in your Blundstones which will help to begin to stretch the leather.

Use a Boot Stretcher

If you need to break Blundstone boots fast using a boot or shoe stretcher is probably the quickest way to break those Blundstones in.

Are the Blundstones Worth It?

The short answer, yes! Not only are they easy to style with everything from jeans to dresses but they are super comfortable and durable. A great wardrobe staple for year round wear (yes I wear them in the summer hiking!). They just get better with age and I personally recommend sizing up for a more comfortable fit. These are also great boots to travel with because they’re lightweight and you can wear them for a variety of activities. The Blundstone brand warranty shows their dedication to providing a product that is high quality and durable. Although they are an investment they are worth the price because you will use them for many years to come.

Blundstone Chelsea Boot Review

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6 Comments

  1. Erica wrote:

    I love these thorough reviews of key pieces. I have a pair of Chelsea boots that I don’t like (a long break-in period is a no go for me) and appreciate the extra details in this post. Definitely going to check out Blundstone!

    9.13.21 | Reply
    • Jess wrote:

      Thanks Erica so glad you’re enjoying these review type posts! I totally agree a long break in period is not ideal.

      9.13.21 | Reply
  2. Caroline wrote:

    I totally agree with you! These are the best boots I’ve ever owned, I’m going on year four with the same pair. I bought mine before a fall trip to Minneapolis and there was zero break in period. We walked all over the city for four days and my feet were comfortable and warm the entire time. I’m also considering getting a second pair in black.

    9.13.21 | Reply
    • Jess wrote:

      That’s amazing! I’m so tempted to get the black. I saw someone wearing them in town the other day and they looked really good.

      9.13.21 | Reply
  3. Krista wrote:

    Thank you so much for this thoughtful review. I have been debating buying these for a couple years and you sealed the deal for me! Appreciate your content so much! Thanks again.

    10.15.21 | Reply
  4. Aurora Lawson wrote:

    Hello! Quick question, on your Blundstones did you order the Rustic Brown in the 550 or the 585?

    10.28.22 | Reply