Chelsea boots got their name from a stylish neighborhood in London where they were popular in the ‘50s and ‘60s. But this pair isn’t from London—it hails from a low-key Italian workshop that we consider one of the best kept secrets in footwear. Handmade in Northern Italy by a family that's been making boots for six generations, these slip-on (SLIP-ON!) boots are eco-friendly, handsome as hell, and represent the best value on the market.
They’re one of our favorite styles of men’s boots because they’re as comfortable as walking on a cloud, and they look damn good. But don't take our word for it. As the team at GQ said, "Just about every stylish guy we know right now is rocking a pair of slip-on suede Chelsea boots. They're rock 'n' roll and kind of elegant at the same time, a mix that no other shoe in your footwear arsenal would be able to claim.”
Because these boots are handmade and hand-finished, the boots you receive might appear lighter or darker than in the images on this page. Due to the way the oil dries, darkens, and affects the leather used for these shoes, there’s bound to be some color variations. You can oil them yourself with vegetable or mink oil or send them into a shoe repair shop or cobbler to have them professionally oiled to achieve a darker color.
Please note, the Astorflex shoebox may be labeled as "Ebano" - the color is the same as Dark Brown Nubuck.
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Stumbling across Astorflex footwear led to a moment of disbelief here at Huckberry: a collection of stylish, classic shoes handmade in Northern Italy, made from healthy, eco-friendly leather and natural rubber—for not much more than a C-note? Surely there had to be a catch. A closer look revealed that not only was the value exceptional, the comfort was astounding too. This is the kind of magic that happens when a proud family has been crafting shoes for six generations. Simple, natural, comfortable magic.
“So comfortable and stylish, and did I mention the many compliments?”
— Arnold S. Verified Buyer