So I’ll freely admit it: I’ve been trying, in fits and starts, to become a Chelsea Boot Guy—and for all the effort, it simply hasn’t taken throughout my shoe journey. Until now.

Benzein is one of the top Indonesian bootmakers, and considered by many to make one of the best value, just reallllly nicely put-together Chelseas on the market anywhere. So when we started discussing a collaboration, I decided to dive headfirst into Chelseadom with them.

This boot is the result.

Benzein x Stitchdown Rare Wine Reverse Chamois Chelsea Boot

And let me tell you—and I can assure you I’m not just saying this—I love them.

The Kujang last is an absolute winner, hugging the feet in all the right places and boasting a very appealing shape, especially for a Chelsea. The construction and finishing are beyond rock solid. They are just comfortable as all get out, from the first wear. The Horween reverse chamois in a really appealing, somewhat mysteriously dark red wine color is perfect—rugged Chelsea is where I’m at right now, and I’m way into it. I’m a convert. And I believe I’m a better boot person for it.

This will be a limited run, so Benzein will be making only 20 pairs of these boots in the rare wine reverse chamois.

And Stitchdown Premium subscribers get a special 10% discount (more on Stitchdown Premium, including how to join, right here).

Below are the details on specs, and how to get them. Any questions? Just email me at ben@stitchdown.com or DM me on Instagram @stitchdown!

The Boot

-Benzein The Seventh Chelsea Boot

-Kujang last

-Horween Rare Wine reverse chamois

-360 flat welt construction

-Single midsole, antique brown stain (yes I know it looks like a double but that’s the flat welt)

-Brown welt stitch

-Dr Sole #1091 Red Brown Cork Half Sole

-Red lining

Benzein x Stitchdown Rare Wine Reverse Chamois Chelsea Boot

Benzein x Stitchdown Rare Wine Reverse Chamois Chelsea Boot

Benzein x Stitchdown Rare Wine Reverse Chamois Chelsea Boot

The Price

-$385 USD (shipping included), but they’ll be a tidy $345 for Stitchdown Premium subscribers—learn more about SDP and join through here.

-50% deposit now, balance pre-delivery

How to Order

Just DM @benzeinshoes to start things up—and if you’re a Stitchdown Premium member, tell them the secret SDP code to get the discount

-Boots will be finished and delivered in early March

To the journey!