The Chelsea Boots
- Spanish full-grain leather, or British waxed suede
- Itshide Commando Sole and Goodyear storm welt
- Handmade in Portugal
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Before we go to Chelsea. Here are the things to look out for.
Leather that doesn’t pass muster
Soles that develop holes
They underperform in the comfort stakes
Pointy toes that could have your eye out
Up and upper
The upper of a Chelsea Boot is pretty much just one big bit of leather, so it needs to be good leather. As always, we’ve opted for real-deal full-grain leather that will age beautifully. This time, it comes from Spanish tannery, Picusa.
Forget everything you know about suede
Suede. Looks nice. Sure. Feels nice. Definitely. But is it practical? Well, more often than not the answer would be no. Get caught in a downpour and it’s curtains for that new pair of kicks. We don’t like giving you lot too much to worry about, so we sourced a hardy suede from Sheepscar waxed with brazilian Carnauba.
The outsole has to be the hardest working part of any shoe. It spends its life continually sandwiched between your foot and the pavement. A thankless task, and not one that every sole is up to. We chose the mighty Commando sole from UK manufacturer Itshide. It’s as tough as its name suggests.
Weather the storm
When it comes to shoes, a Goodyear welt is a reliable sign of quality. It adds to the shoe’s overall durability, as well as meaning it can easily be resoled, should the time come. Because we like to spoil you, we’ve gone for the big daddy of all welts: the Goodyear Storm Welt. No more leaky shoes.
Put it on my tab
If you think Chelsea Boots are difficult to put on, think again. Not when you’ve got a reinforced grosgrain heel tab to hold onto. Just grab these, step into your boots, and away you go.
Once they’re on, they’re on
You can also be sure that your boots won’t slip off while you’re wearing them. We’ve made ours 2cm higher than a standard model, meaning they’ve got better purchase around your ankle. More comfort, less stress.
Like one of those fancy hybrid mattresses, for your feet
While we’re on the subject of comfort, the insole is something to shout about. We’ve added additional padding to ours, especially around the heel, so you can be on your feet all day and not need to see a chiropodist at the end of it.
Get to the point
If you’re getting involved in Chelsea Boot business, there’s always the risk that you can pick a pair that’s too pointy. No such risk here. We’ve gone for a happy medium: not too pointed, not too rounded.
What’s better than machine made?
Handmade, of course! The Chelsea Boots are handmade in Portugal, which in and of itself might not mean much, but the hands that made them belong to the good folk at Penha, who happen to be certified shoe experts.
To Chelsea step by step
What goes into making your Chelsea Boots. The materials have travelled a total of 1,978 km (1,229 miles) for the smooth leather and from 16,245 km (10,094 miles) for the waxed suede from field to doormat.
Spain and Argentina The smooth leather comes from Spain and the waxed suede form Argentina
Tanning and finish
Picusa and Sheepscar Spain and England
One of the few makers out there that still masters the art of the Goodyear Stormwelt construction. They've been at it for two generations now.
Road and boat haulage
The Chelsea Footprint
Our aim is to always give you as much information as possible on the clothes we make so you can make an informed decision before preordering. This includes the environmental impact of each pair of Chelsea Boots we produce expressed in simple terms that we can all easily understand. There’s no point hiding from it :
of CO2 emitted
Equivalent to 196 km (121 miles) travelled by car.
of phosphor released in the water
Equivalent to growing 6.5kg of potatoes.
Equivalent to 57 h heating (avg. flat)
And it’s over to you
Brown waxed suede
Suede, that you can wear in the rain? Now we’ve heard it all.
NO SWEAT !
We deliver worldwide. For orders in selected European countries including the UK, we charge a flat fee of 9€ irrespective of how many pieces of the same item you order. For deliveries to the rest of the world, the cost is calculated on the weight and destination automatically at checkout.
Easy to change your size
If you get the wrong size, fear not, we accept returns and exchanges. For orders in Europe, these are free. For countries in the rest of the world, we ask you to pay the return cost and we will take care of the cost of sending out an exchange. Just log into your Asphalte account and we’ll get that sorted.
It's a risk-free investment
Sure, we work hard on our products, but we won’t take it personally if, for whatever reason, you change your mind about the item you’ve preordered. We’re all friends here, you can be honest with us. So long as the item is in its original condition, with tags and packaging intact, you can send it back to us for a full refund. No worries.
Asphalte began life back in 2016, just four people with a bit of experience in fashion and a simple enough aim: making good quality clothes in a low-impact way. Things started off smoothly enough, and we were picking up a bit of momentum, but something was missing. The idea for Asphalte didn’t really come together until we got our pals on the blower and asked them, ‘Hey, what do you want us to make?’ We didn’t realise it at the time, but this was the turning point. If Asphalte were a scientific discovery, this would be called the ‘eureka!’ moment. If it were a comic book, this was the part where we get bitten by a radioactive spider.
It might not seem like a revolutionary idea. That’s because it isn’t, really. But fast forward 5 years and asking our friends what they wanted has turned into sending you lot our biannual questionnaires, and using your feedback to determine what we release. And that’s our secret weapon. It’s how we make what you want for a good price, and keep waste to a minimum.
Today our team is a bit bigger than four people. In fact, there are 64 of us now. We used to be based in Paris, but now we’ve moved out to greener pastures down in Bordeaux. Besides that, we’re still working in much the same way as when we first started, with the same ideas about quality, sustainability and our customers leading the way.