I threatened previously to find a different Chelsea boot for every day of the week and I’ve managed it. It’s been a struggle, certainly, especially as most of the best pics you find online seem to have no provenance at all - it’s impossible to know where they came from or if you can still buy them. I know many of our readers are interested in these facts so I tried to get as many details as possible for each entry.
However, in some cases they are sold out I’m afraid. So this is more of a fantasy wishlist more than anything. As if that wasn’t already obvious with the whole concept of wearing a different pair of Chelsea boots every day.
Also - please note I am not necessarily advising you wear these, especially at work... I am just the ideas man.
Monday - Baker Black
Monday’s a dull day, but it’s a smart day too for me - so I’d wear my black suit with these ones from Ted B. My girlfriend works there so I’m sure there could be discounts too...
Tuesday - Topman Grey
Again, black suit day early in the week so it’s got to fit stylistically and colour-wise, so went with grey for this one. These are also quite radical in heel and style for work, but I’m pretty sure no-one would mind too much...
Wednesday - Gerald Suede
I usually switch to a navy suit later in the week. This gives me a load more options and I’ve gone for it with these ones, chestnut brown with darker elastic contrast. They’re quite low-cut and more like ankle boots than Chelseas, but I still count them in the same boot family.
Thursday - M&S Navy
These classics I have blogged about before - they are from Marks and Spencer of all places. Out of stock sadly, but they’re a good variation on the traditional blue boot with a grey elastic section, blending well with a blue suit.
Friday - eBay Beige
On Fridays I can usually get away with something a bit more casual, so jeans and these would go down a treat (as long as it’s not raining out). Like desert boots, only without faffing around with any laces. Also from eBay, competitors beware!
Saturday - French Grey
These ones are a bit more pop arty and casual, as being out and about on Saturdays should warrant. Very pricey, but then I’ve never seen anything like them. Eye-catching, but also neat around the edges.
Sunday - Sky Blue & Cognac
Ok so these are a bit bright again. But hey, it’s Mod isn’t it and it’s fucking Sunday…so give me a break.
Couple of decent ones here. I like the wide, minimalist style (as always).
One of these days I'll shut up and buy one. But for now, I'm going to stare.
Update: These watches are about £15,000 each. Scratch that.
Annoyingly, the text here has not updated properly - I meant to say something along the lines of: There are so many different types of Chelsea boots now that I could wear one for every day of the week!
Some of the older guys ain't gonna like this, but Miles Kane does at least a decent impression of Mod in this video.
You probably never thought a clock could be Mod.
Well, ok perhaps not really. But it's important to remember that just writing "The Who" and drawing arrows all over something doesn't make it cool.
This thing has a sparse minimalism and great use of big spaces that makes it feel kind of retro and it'd look at home in a sixties-style pad, even if it's not literally Mod.
Not many people seem to like this song, but it's actually one I regularly play. It's a bit rockier, has a bit of aggression... Don't get what people hate about it.
Why is it that finding a 3-button suit is so difficult?
When I were a young lad, I’m sure 3-button suits were everywhere, even Marks & Spencers had a few knocking about and I don’t think it was that hard to find one in other high street shops. Ted Baker, TM Lewin or something like that would always have something in there for a young Mod.
Now, nothing. Ben Sherman doesn’t even do them. Ben Sherman, the brand most associated with Mod and sixties fashion (so far as such a thing goes) does not stock 3-button suits. Merc has closed its shop on Carnaby too, so that’s out. We can go to a tailor of course, and while many may prefer this from a purity point of view, it is expensive. The choices in the shops for the average Joe are limited.
Even surfing Pinterest recently, finding anyone wearing a 3-button is so rare that you might as well give up. Search for “3 button suit” and you simply get a whole series of pics of 3-piece suits instead. That’s waistcoats included. WASTE of time if you ask me.
So who will answer to the 3-button demand? We have of course, a whole series of prospects, from Adaptor (by far the best for price/quality balance), to Adam of London, to Brighton’s Jump The Gun and of course Atom Retro for a slightly chuck-out-esque, discount service (If I’ve missed any here, please let me know, but these are my top ones for now).
But what’s that, four places? And for the London lad I am, I have to order online most of the time. Don’t get me wrong I find online ordering great and I’ve never been dissatisfied with these guys’ products.
But aside from this, am I really right in thinking 3-button suits are now rarer than ever?
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