From desert trekking to volcano climbing to nights out on the town, a close-fitting ankle boot is versatile as heck and perfectly fitted to do pretty much anything. I've traveled to over 30 countries and have made my way through pretty much every terrain and climate, and a Chelsea boot has never failed me.
Because I have flat feet, I tend to add some arch support inserts into said boots for extra support, but going for a boot with a slight heel (like a Chelsea boot) and arch support in general is super important for foot health. "Wearing a completely flat boot is not good for the foot because it can cause plantar fasciitis and provides no support for the arch," Yolanda Ragland, DPM, a New York City-based podiatrist, foot surgeon, and founder of FixYourFeet.com, previously told Well+Good. "Wearing a boot with a heel that is too high is not good because you can wind up getting pain in the ball of the foot—you’re increasing your chances of ankle sprains and plain-old stress in the foot in general."
With that in mind, here are some of my personal favorite Chelsea boots that will save you foot pain (and carry-on space).
Hush Puppies is one of my favorite brands, since they’re so supportive. These feature their bounce support technology, which cushions the foot, and are made with water-resistant materials to keep your feet dry. The soft leather also feels great—no blisters here.
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