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I’ve Been Per-SUEDE-ed.

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So… I just ordered a pair of these Bitflex Chelsea Boots in Dark Khaki by Astorflex.

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Once again, Stuarts of London is the culprit. These boots are currently priced at $155 (free shipping) while they are retailing for $215 at Huckberry and $185 at EndClothing.

Now I have been wanting to add a Chelsea boot to my collection and this is a great gateway into this style of shoe.

As with the other Astorflex shoes that I’ve recently obtained (the Greenflex and the Cityflex), the Bitflex Chelsea has a rounder toe box which gives it a more casual appearance.

I definitely plan on adding some more Chelsea boots to my collection. Perhaps a foul-weather Chelsea with a Blundstone, Redback or I may even consider a Rossi boot.

I also would like to add a more formal Chelsea boot like the one offered by Sid Mashburn (which I’ve had my eye on for quite some time) or maybe even a
R.M. Williams boot.

But for now… the Bitflex suede boot is tracking.

When I get ‘em. You’ll see ‘em. :thumbup1:

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More suede… more crepe.

🤪😀
 
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The blurb on Huckberry says that the Bitflex is one of the best kept secrets in men‘s footwear. I guess that the cat‘s out of the bag now. I look forward to reading your review.
 
I like the look and feel, but I have a hard time imagining a shoe I can't polish is still going to look good 15 years from now.
Part of the secret is to have 14.99 years sitting on shoe trees. I have some shoes that are over 30 years old and they still look practically new.

As long as that elastic gusset doesn’t perish you are in good shape.
 
I like the look and feel, but I have a hard time imagining a shoe I can't polish is still going to look good 15 years from now.

Although you can’t polish them, you can shampoo them to keep them looking fresh.

 
The blurb on Huckberry says that the Bitflex is one of the best kept secrets in men‘s footwear. I guess that the cat‘s out of the bag now. I look forward to reading your review.
For the price (even more so if/when on sale), I think Astorflex shoes provide a tremendous value. And providing a quality product at a fair price should never be kept a secret.

As long as that elastic gusset doesn’t perish you are in good shape.
It appears to be the Achilles heel of this style of boot. :whistling:

Although I have been on a suede tear lately, this particular acquisition is going a bit (flex) outside the (shoe) box for me as far as style goes (as well as the color, somewhat) since this boot is much different from the other pairs I’ve acquired, which made justifying its purchase (in my warped mind) that much easier.

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After wearing the Bitflex Chelsea boot all day yesterday, I can report that they are comfortable as all get-out.

The Bitflex, being the third installment of my Astorflex trilogy, exhibit all the quality and comfort that I have come to expect from Astorflex so there are no surprises here.

As for style, the Bitflex is my first foray into the Chelsea boot. I have been eye-balling this style of boot for quite sometime now.

Most of the Chelsea boots that I have looked at over the years are more along the lines that one envisions when conjuring up images of this iconic boot.

The boots that were popularized by The Beatles and many other bands of the British Invasion that followed during the Swinging 60’s.
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The style of Chelsea boot, in my mind’s eye, offers a classic, elegant and sophisticated silhouette that gently tapers to either a slightly-chiseled or slightly-rounded toe box, like the Sid Mashburn model pictured below:

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Or the Craftsman model offered by R.M. Williams as seen here:
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To be sure, the Bitflex boot is not this kind of Chelsea. As with the Greenflex desert-styled boot and the Cityflex derby-styled shoe, the Bitflex has a rounded, somewhat bulbous toe box which lends itself to a very casual, utilitarian type of shoe like a desert boot:

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…. Or a casual suede derby:

Cityflex
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The Bitflex falls more in line with a Blundstone-style of Chelsea (perhaps a tad less extreme) rather than the more sophisticated style of the Chelsea offered by C&J or RMW.

Blundstone’s “500” boot
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The Bitflex is a great casual Chelsea boot that looks right home while stopping at your favorite roadside vegetable stand, taking a stroll through an apple orchard while picking up a bag full of Macouns or when you’re out just grabbing a Hefeweizen at your favorite hofbräuhaus.

That’s the kind of vibe I get from the Bitflex (and I love that :thumbup1: ).

If you want that “I just narrowly escaped out the backdoor of The Ed Sullivan Theater to avoid a horde of screaming teen-aged girls and jumped into a limo” vibe then this is not your boot.

😀
 
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They look great. I like the less constrained style compared to the typical leather options. It seems as if Astorflex is a great combination of style, quality and price.

That image of Paul McCartney is a bit scary - I read somewhere recently that he is now 79.
 
They look great. I like the less constrained style compared to the typical leather options. It seems as if Astorflex is a great combination of style, quality and price.

The rounded toe box definitely provides plenty of room to for absolute comfort. No toes getting mashed up in that toe box. Even the Luther with it rounder toe box provides plenty of room compared to its cousin, the Hi Top, with its more tapered look.

That image of Paul McCartney is a bit scary - I read somewhere recently that he is now 79.

I should look as good as he does now, “When I’m Sixty-Four”… whooo! 😎

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