The summer of 2012 has raced past us in an array of British events such as the Royal Jubilee and the Olympics. It has left Britain feeling a little nostalgic, with a sense of pride at the achievements of its citizens.
We’re now facing the approach of autumn, which is set to bring along one of the biggest trends for next season; ‘British Heritage’. Not so long ago, British heritage clothing was associated with aging aristocracy – think tweed jackets and stuffy country attire. However, our very own heritage brands now continually lead the global fashion scene, becoming ‘cool’ and even forward thinking once again.
One footwear silhouette that is steeped in history and primed for a comeback this AW12 is the Chelsea boot. Forget any of styles, these are the boot du jour that are fast becoming a MUST have for your autumn wardrobe. Providing strong associations with one of Britain’s most stylish sub-cultures – The Mods – they offer wearers the versatility of being able to be dressed up for work or dressed down with black slim jeans for a classic rock ‘n’ roll aesthetic that will never age.
A perfect way for early adopters to subtly start embracing the heritage trend, these wing tip Chelsea boots by English brand Grenson are available at Urban Outfitters. They provide a contemporary take on the classic silhouette through the use of unconventional brogue-style detailing, creating an almost hybrid piece of footwear. Traditional stretch side inserts come as standard, whilst the white rubber wedge sole with contrast stitching helps to create a statement in a fresh, modern way.
Of course, the quality of Grenson shoes is always exemplary, as all shoes are Goodyear Welted and made from the finest shoe making materials.