Jack Erwin Ellis Chelsea Boot

  • December 23, 2015
  • Written By Timothy Nguyen

Jack Erwin is a shoe company started by two best friends tired of not being able to find shoes within their budget. Co-founders Ariel Nelson and Lane Gerson’s struggle was transformed into a line of simple and cleanly designed dress shoes at affordable prices.

The brand offers 2 lines of dress shoes and boots and another for loafers:

  • Foster – Blake-stitched soles with a tapered toe box priced from $195-220.
  • Sullivan – Goodyear-welted soles with a rounded toe box priced from $195-220.
  • Wright– priced at $175 for a bologna constructed leather penny loafer and $95 for suede driving loafers.

Jack Erwin provided a pair of Ellis brown suede Chelsea boots to Something Bespoke for an unbiased review.

More after the jump.

Sizing:Jack Erwin-13

While it’s recommended that you select your normal US shoe size, one problem I found is the shoes fits quite large. Jack Erwin sent me a size 7 but for reference here are a few shoes I own in other sizes.

  • Saint Laurent Hedi Chelsea – Size 39
  • Thom Browne Longwings – Size 7
  • Common Projects Cap-toe sneakers – Size 39
  • Allen Edmonds Park Ave/Mcallister – Size 7D
  • Converse – Size 7
  • Nike Free 5.0 – Size 8

Wearing a shoe that doesn’t fit would vastly change the review so the boots were given to a good friend, Phillip to stomp around town in. Here are the shoe sizes he wears:

  • Allen Edmonds – Size 8D
  • Converse – Size 9
  • Kenneth Cole – Size 8
  • Puma – Size 9
  • Mizuno – Size 8.5
  • Tiger – Size 8.5

Our personal recommendation is size down one size from your usual dress shoe size.Jack Erwin-14

First Impressions:

Inside a large shoe box, the boots come wrapped in tissue paper and plastic. A shoe bag is also provided for storage.

As I opened the box, the first thing I noticed about the shoe is the sole. Studded rubber outsoles are used to prevent slipping in wet weather and normally wear slower than leather soles. Rubber soles can also help reduce creasing of the upper.Jack Erwin-24

Philip’s first impression of the shoe was “Dang, this is a really nice boot” followed by “Hmm, they are pretty comfy out of the box too”. The Ellis boot itself is constructed in Spain using leather sourced from a French tannery on the Foster Blake constructed last.  Jack Erwin uses 100% suede for the upper which at first touch is soft but a little stiff which should loosen up with a few wears.Jack Erwin-6Jack Erwin-22Jack Erwin-23

After A Few Wears:

Phillip described the shoe as comfortable to wear all day but slightly tight around the side of his toe on the very first wear. The shoes showed very little signs of creasing after five wears over the course of a week. Because Phillip works in an office setting the leather will still require a bit more wears to break in.

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Final Thoughts:

The leg opening on a size 7 is approximately ten inches around so I do not recommend this boot if you are looking to wear with skin tight skinny Saint Laurent jeans (My SLP Chelseas have approximate nine inch opening) but the Jack Erwin Ellis is an attractive option at an affordable price for those looking to add a Chelsea boot to their wardrobe. The Blake Construction allows for the shoe to be resoled which is a great thing considering many boots in this price range do not offer that option.

Suede Chelsea boots are a solid addition to a business casual and casual wardrobe and with Jack Erwin’s free shipping/ free returns there is no harm in giving the boots a shot.


We would like to thank Jack Erwin for the opportunity to review their new Chelsea boot. A link is provided below if you are interested in more information about the boots.

Ellis Brown Suede Chelsea Boots (Not an affiliate link)


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Timothy Nguyen

Publisher/ Editor at Something Bespoke
I'm someone currently based in Houston, Texas that asks "What is your opinion of Thom Browne and the Thom Browne aesthetic?" a lot.
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