Spamdex - Spam Archive

Report spam

Send in your spam and get the offenders listed

Create a rule in outlook or simply forward the spam you receive to

Also in

The Great Chelsea Boot Dilemma

View on the web

Boots are the best footwear. They're sturdy, complement just about every outfit, and keep your feet warm and dry (and clean, but that's probably only meaningful to those soldiering New York City winters). They can be tough to shop for, though; it's hard to find that sweet spot of quality and affordability, so our shopping editor Cory Baldwin told us her favorite picks for Chelsea boots.

Have a shopping problem? Ask us!—Stephanie Talmadge

Where Can I Find Affordable Chelsea Boots I Can Feel Good About Buying?
Insert alt text here
Everlane Heel Boot, $235

I've been on the hunt for a good pair of Chelsea boots for, like, two years. The really, really nice ones are so expensive (Alexander Wang, etc etc).

I was eyeing Everlane's last year but the leather doesn't look so great. The closest thing I can find that look awesome are these Zara ones — they’re beautiful and I’ll probably buy them... but there HAS TO BE something out there that I can buy that won't break the bank (Wang) or wont make me feel guilty (Zara). — Chavie

Dear Chavie,

First of all, you are not alone. The Chelsea boot is a classic style that you can wear with everything year round (or at least September through May); I’m pretty much always on the lookout for a perfect pair.

But “perfect” can mean different things to different people. For you it sounds like responsibility x affordability = love, and based on the shoes you’ve been considering, I’m putting your price range around $80 to $250, which I think a lot of shoppers can relate to. While under $100 would be amazing, you’re willing to go up within reason if it means real quality and/or ethical production.

Don’t despair, because that range and mentality means a lot of options. Here are a few brands (and several pairs) I think could fit the bill. And if you want to take a look at Everlane’s Chelsea boots in person, note that the brand is running a shoe-focused pop-up in Soho through October 23.

Dr. Martens, from $130
Insert alt text here

I’m a huge Doc Martens fan because 1) I just like them and 2) they last literally forever — I’ve had mine for going on five years, without a single trip to the cobbler. The brand makes around 20 styles of Chelsea boots. That said, it’s definitely a specific look — and more than a little ‘90s — but they can be styled to look punk or polished, depending on what you wear them with.

Here’s my favorite part: The company is transparent about corporate responsibility for the fair treatment of supplier factory workers, animal welfare, and environmental impact. And if you don’t want to wear leather, period, they offer a completely vegan pair for $145.

Vagabond, from $140
Insert alt text here

Swedish company Vagabond is another brand that’s extremely transparent in regards to ethics and sustainability; they go as far as publishing a full report on the company’s environmental and social impact, including human rights and working conditions, on their website.

But looking at the shoes, you’d never know it — this is not not a crunchy looking brand, and its shoes are carried by trend-based retailers like Urban Outfitters and Asos that you’d probably never think to seek out for ethical options. Vagabond offers a bunch of styles (seriously, it’s an impressively robust selection) of Chelsea boots, including a flat pair ($210) that looks similar the ones from Zara you mentioned, and another similar option with a mid-height heel ($140).

L’Intervalle, from $99
Insert alt text here

This Montreal-based shoemaker isn’t as forthcoming with its manufacturing info, but L’Intervalle is a small batch, indie brand that lists slow fashion and craftsmanship among its core values.

They also make some really rad shoes, including several options for Chelsea boots: chunky black platforms ($99), silver heels ($168), and a flat style that comes in suede, patent leather, silver, or plain old black leather ($218), as requested. If you’re open to something a little different but just as classic, I particularly like the Milwak Black pair ($178) with brogue detailing and a completely reasonable 1” heel. —Cory Baldwin, Shopping Editor

Ad from our sponsor
Cat Eye Products For Any Idiot
Insert alt text here

You ever looked at a cat and thought, "I want your eyes?" The beauty industry thinks you have: From liners to mascaras and stick-on stencils, an avalanche of products now promise that feline gaze.

Which, liiike — no. You can get a cat eye with literally any liner. Take your cat eye stencil to Sophia Loren or Adele’s makeup artist, and they’d laugh and laugh. But it’s interesting that we’ve clung to the cat eye even with the trends bumping around Instagram — it's the backbone of our look economy, the achievable one in every slideshow.

Working from that foundation, do these products take the "already pretty attainable" and make it any-dummy-can-do? More importantly, what will happen to Q-tips now? We timed how long it takes to do a cat eye with a standard pen (and how many Q-tips used (average 18)), and how each branded innovation-claimer stacks up.

See our favorite liners and mascaras for achieving the cat eye >>
Did a friend forward you this email? Sign up for the Racked email newsletter.
View on the web
From around the web
A selection from the editors at Racked


All titles, content, publisher names, trademarks, artwork, and associated imagery are trademarks and/or copyright material of their respective owners. All rights reserved. The Spam Archive website contains material for general information purposes only. It has been written for the purpose of providing information and historical reference containing in the main instances of business or commercial spam.

Many of the messages in Spamdex's archive contain forged headers in one form or another. The fact that an email claims to have come from one email address or another does not mean it actually originated at that address! Please use spamdex responsibly.

Yes YOU! Get INVOLVED - Send in your spam and report offenders

Create a rule in outlook or simply forward the junk email you receive to | See contributors

Google + Spam 2010- 2017 Spamdex - The Spam Archive for the internet. unsolicited electric messages (spam) archived for posterity. Link to us and help promote Spamdex as a means of forcing Spammers to re-think the amount of spam they send us.

The Spam Archive - Chronicling spam emails into readable web records index for all time

Please contact us with any comments or questions at Spam Archive is a non-profit library of thousands of spam email messages sent to a single email address. A number of far-sighted people have been saving all their spam and have put it online. This is a valuable resource for anyone writing Bayesian filters. The Spam Archive is building a digital library of Internet spam. Your use of the Archive is subject to the Archive's Terms of Use. All emails viewed are copyright of the respected companies or corporations. Thanks to Benedict Sykes for assisting with tech problems and Google Indexing, ta Ben.

Our inspiration is the "Internet Archive" USA. "Libraries exist to preserve society's cultural artefacts and to provide access to them. If libraries are to continue to foster education and scholarship in this era of digital technology, it's essential for them to extend those functions into the digital world." This is our library of unsolicited emails from around the world. See Spamdex is in no way associated though. Supporters and members of Helping rid the internet of spam, one email at a time. Working with Inernet Aware to improve user knowlegde on keeping safe online. Many thanks to all our supporters including Vanilla Circus for providing SEO advice and other content syndication help | Link to us | Terms | Privacy | Cookies | Complaints | Copyright | Spam emails / ICO | Spam images | Sitemap | All hosting and cloud migration by Cloudworks.

Important: Users take note, this is Spamdex - The Spam Archive for the internet. Some of the pages indexed could contain offensive language or contain fraudulent offers. If an offer looks too good to be true it probably is! Please tread, carefully, all of the links should be fine. Clicking I agree means you agree to our terms and conditions. We cannot be held responsible etc etc.

The Spam Archive - Chronicling spam emails into readable web records

The Glass House | London | SW19 8AE |
Spamdex is a digital archive of unsolicited electronic mail 4.9 out of 5 based on reviews
Spamdex - The Spam Archive Located in London, SW19 8AE. Phone: 08000 0514541.

Fluid images
The Ultimate Guide to Vintage Denim
Breaking down the best brands, their fits, and where to shop them.
Read More