The Boots That’ll Make You Look Like a Style God for Less Than $100 August 25 2018
The New Republic Chelsea Boots are the easiest flex.
By Matt Miller
Aug 15, 2018
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The first time I ever wore my pair of Chelsea boots from New Republic, a stranger tried to stop me on the street. I say tried because, like any good New Yorker, I kept walking thinking this guy was trying to sell me something or ask for directions. But the guy persisted and kept walking behind me, explaining that he just wanted to know where I got my boots. I stopped, flattered, and told him that I ordered them from New Republic and that he should hurry because they were on sale for $99.
I was wrong, though, because these Chelseas were in fact not on sale—they're actually always only $99 and they're beautiful enough to halt people on the streets of New York like boots that cost five times that much. Here's why they deserve a place in your rotation.
They're Criminally Well Priced
I hate to write this right now on the off chance that someone at New Republic sees my glowing praise and raises the price on these boots. Because they could. The next-cheapest competitor will cost a couple hundred dollars at least, yet these look and feel like a pair of boots that broke the bank. Hell, for this price, you could theoretically have a different pair to wear every day of the week and still save yourself money.
It's The Easiest Style Flex
There's a reason that everyone from Kanye West to Harry Styles will be caught in Chelsea boots once fall and winter hit. They're functionally easy to wear (no laces!) and fashionably easy to wear. These boots can be dressed down or dressed up and be your go-to footwear no matter where you're headed or what the weather is like. And since Chelsea boots have such a simple, streamlined shape, the differences in look between the New Republic pair and something that cost upwards of $400 are negligible to all but the most discerning eyes. Plus, this is a closet staple—a look that never goes out of style. If it's boot weather outside, I'll happily wear these bad boys to the airport so I don't have to deal with tying and untying at security.
They're Quality Boots For Any Price
Look, it's easy to think that a cheap pair of boots will wear like a cheap pair of boots. But these are absolutely not shoddily made. I've had my pair for over a year and they still are going strong. These things aren't falling apart any time soon. In fact, despite having been worn a few times a week for the last year, they still pretty much look like I just took them out of the box. The suede has held up, the soles are showing little sign of wear and tear, and there's no indication of any part of the upper detaching from the bottom of the shoe. Which is good, because I plan on wearing these as long as possible. And even when they wear out, I won't feel guilty spending money replacing them.
Article published in Esquire Magazine August 15, 2018. https://www.esquire.com/style/mens-fashion/a22718205/new-republic-chelsea-boot-endorsement/