Chelsea Boots: Cognac Leather vs Chocolate Brown Suede

The battle for who will be crowned 2nd place in the world of Chelsea boots has fallen on the cognac leather or chocolate suede styles. With this being of the utmost importance (not really), people everywhere are losing their collective minds.

Knowing that these boots will never catch their black leather counterpart, I decided to show two looks for you to decide which boot knocks your socks off. Tan & brown boots need love too! 

Photography by Lauren McGrath 


Cognac Leather Chelsea Boots 


Sabir M. Peele of Men's Style Pro wearing Allen Edmonds Chelsea Boots

Cognac Leather Liverpool Chelsea Boots – Allen Edmonds | Club Collar Shirt – Sproos | Tan Leather Briefcase – Maxwell Scott | Knit Tie – Hook+Albert | Gold Watch – c/o Timex | Eyewear – Eye Buy Direct

As the sexiest hue in the tan leather family, the cognac leather Chelsea boot is my personal favorite for three reasons:

  1. The rich color brightens up almost any look and it pairs perfect will heightened blues.
  2. A well-aged patina. Over time, the leather takes on a hue mixed with dark & light browns that gives off a vintage look that can’t be bought
  3. Warm Contrast: for the monochromatic dressers or those that rock white denim, these boots add a stark color contrast without being jarring. When worn to the colder months, they give the false sense of warmer weather. 

With the many positive, there’s one style negative about the cognac leather Chelsea boot. When paired with a charcoal or french grey (most in suiting), the contrast doesn’t complement the look at all. Alleviate that contrast issue, opt for a snuff grey suede chukka boot or pair these Chelsea’s with a grey Glen plaid suit that has more color variation. 

Sabir M. Peele of Men's Style Pro wearing Allen Edmonds Chelsea Boots

Sabir M. Peele of Men's Style Pro wearing Allen Edmonds Chelsea Boots

Sabir M. Peele of Men's Style Pro wearing Allen Edmonds Chelsea Boots

Sabir M. Peele of Men's Style Pro wearing Allen Edmonds Chelsea Boots


Brown Suede Chelsea Boots


Sabir M. Peele of Men's Style Pro wearing Allen Edmonds Chelsea Boots

Chocolate Brown Suede Liverpool Chelsea Boot – Allen Edmonds | White Jeans – Levi’s | Brown Windowpane Jacket & waistcoats – Tailor 4 Less | Knit Tie – Thomas Pink | Denim Shirt – Suitsupply

Outside of the black Chelsea, the brown suede version should next on your radar. The ease of wear, in my opinion, surpasses the cognac boot. As a result, I’m personally crowning The Chocolate Brown Suede Chelsea as the #2 boot in the Chelsea. Without give such a blind accolades, here are a few reason why I feel so strongly about them:

  1. Ultimate Versatility: pair these boots with your dark rinse, light wash or white jeans and you’re golden. The texture complements denim like they’re married to one another. Grab just about any suit in your closet and these suede wonders induce a British rake vibe. 
  2. Wear & Tear: these boots can take a beating and all you have to do is brush to suede to refresh the nap

So, do you think? Let me know in the comments below which pair of Chelsea Boots you prefer!

Sabir M. Peele of Men's Style Pro wearing Allen Edmonds Chelsea Boots

Sabir M. Peele of Men's Style Pro wearing Allen Edmonds Chelsea Boots

Sabir M. Peele of Men's Style Pro wearing Allen Edmonds Chelsea Boots

(Disclaimer) Both pair of the boots are the Allen Edmonds Liverpool, however; this is NOT a sponsored feature. For sake of continuity, showing two versions of the same shoe made sense.

Sabir M Peele

Founder & Creative Director

Founder & Creative Director of Men's Style Pro, Sabir has a deep passion for menswear and all things manly. Selected as one of the "5 Best Dressed Men In America" by Esquire Magazine in 2010 & as #GQFall 2013 Best Dressed Man. As of 2014, Sabir serves as a freelance brand ambassador & executive stylist for GQ Magazine & GQ Report. Outside of that partnership, Sabir serves as an independent brand consultant as well. Reach me directly at SABIR@MENSSTYLEPRO.COM

  • Both options are so dope! I really want those shoes 😀

    Best regards from Hamburg,

    Richy by http://richyskr.de/

  • mark452454

    Wow good fashion. I think every people also like this suede and tie. I hope these products will be good and we found comfy to use these goods. This is also fashionable for us.

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