Peer Pressure Chelsea Boots

Friends are bad. Yes, you read that correctly, friends are bad for you. They are bad; especially when you show them “menswear inspiration” in the form of a photo of a pair of Chelsea Boots, and that menswear inspiration turns into a menswear transaction. Alright, honestly, considering how sleek these Chelsea Boots look, I must admit, friends are now less bad.

I have been eyeing a pair of Chelsea boots for months really. Seeing the endless photos of Kanye West donning these boots in almost every shade of brown had inspired me. He would rock his pair with a fly pair of jeans, and layered shirts and sweater. I knew that there would be a day where I pulled the trigger on a pair of Chelsea Boots but I didn't expect it to be in the middle of the summer.

So one day while getting some last minute stuff for a trip, I wandered into an Urban Outfitters. As I walked around the ever shrinking men's section (that's a story for another day) I saw their display of Hawkings McGill Chelsea Boots. I snapped a picture and sent it to my friends as a bit of menswear inspiration.

That was my first mistake as three notifications followed with messages like “You copping, or nah?” “Which color you getting?” and “If you do not buy a pair, I will publicly disown you”.

This was the point where the little style demon that lives inside of me took over. Like a recently “turned” walker from The Walking Dead, I stumbled over to the register with a size 12 Chelsea Boots in hand. With eyes glazed over, I threw several fistfuls of cash at the young cashier and feverishly ran to my car with the new pair of shoes in stow.

As the dust settled, and importantly my bank account cleared with no overdrafts, I look at this newfound pair of Chelsea Boots in my closet. And you know what, I don't look at them with regret or malice, but instead with a sense of contentment. Contentment in knowing that I have added a closet staple to my wardrobe and in my book that's a great investment to make.

With love,

Greg McGregorson