John Lofgren

Chelsea Boots - Black CXL


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The first Chelsea boot was put together in 1837, leveraging the new wonder material - elasticated fabric - of the time to create flexible side gores for easy on-off. This was a true revolution in boots, which had been closed up with hooks and loops (or buttons).

As with all John Lofgren boots, these are a heavier riff on the originals. The uppers are Horween Chromexcel, lined in Japanese cowhide, with heavy-duty elastic side gores. A 360 degree storm welt holds it all together and keeps your feet dry. Under the foot, USA-made Vibram 430 mini-lug soles keep you grounded.

Built on the John Lofgren 110 Last, the same last as their iconic Engineer boots (and Steadfast Chukka boots), these are the easiest-wearing Lofgren boots we carry. The ultra comfortable last, designed specifically for pull-on boots, is a perfect match for the short shaft and elasticated sides - these are easy to put on, take off, and so comfortable you'll never want to stop wearing them.

The Black CXL leather is a tea-core leather, meaning the dye isn't fully struck through and is a different color beneath the surface. As the black dye on the surface is scratched and scuffed off, the natural brown of the leather will start to peek through. Lean into it for a vintage look, or grab a bottle of your favorite black boot polish and put a shine on them.

These are built in one of the best boot factories in Japan, with every detail taken care of down to the padded leather heel pad.

Choose 0.5 size smaller than your Brannock device size.

  • Built on the John Lofgren 110 Last
  • Horween Chromexcel uppers with Japanese cowhide lining
  • Goodyear welt construction with British made storm welts
  • Heavy single and double stitched sewing
  • 1.25" stacked heel
  • German made steel shanks
  • Made in USA Vibram 430 soles & heels
  • Embossed padded leather heel pad
  • Woven JLB lion pull tabs
  • Includes dust bags
  • Choose 0.5 size smaller than your Brannock device size
  • Made in Japan

We reference Brannock sizing for our footwear. The Brannock Device is the standard foot measuring tool for the world's footwear industry. Most better quality footwear stores will have one.

Built on the John Lofgren 110 Last

Choose 0.5 size smaller than your Brannock device size.

Choose the same size as your John Lofgren Engineer Boot, Red Wing Iron Ranger or Alden Barrie last size.

Choose 0.5 size bigger than your Viberg 2030 last size.

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Orders $300 and over - Free shipping via UPS Ground
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Expedited Shipping (1 - 2 business days) via UPS - $40

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Canada Shipping - Orders under $400
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USPS Priority Mail (5 - 10 business days) - $35
DHL Express (2-3 business days) - $55

Canada Shipping - Orders over $400
DHL Express (1-3 business days) - $50

Rest of World Shipping
DHL Express (2-4 business days) - $55

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