Review: The Artista by Velasca

I purchased the Velasca Artista boot a few weeks back and wanted to put them through their paces before writing my final review.
I’ve been looking for suede chukka boots in a classic toe shape that is not too rounded or square. The Artista boot caught my attention due to its overall look and its sub €200 price point.

I initially contacted Velasca for fitting help as it was my first time purchasing from them. They were quick to reply and extremely helpful in explaining the difference between the lasts. I usually wear a 7.5UK or 41.5EU for most of my shoes including English made shoes. Velasca advised me to stick to the same size.

The shoes arrived quickly and I was able to track the parcel the whole time.
The presentation straight away gave me the impression of quality and attention to detail.
Each shoe has its own shoe bag unlike designer brands that just provide you one bag for the pair.

Overall the quality control of these boots is reasonably high given it’s price point.
The boots are made from high quality suede with no imperfections to the upper.
The soles are solid and comparable to soles offered by English made shoes except for the fact that they are Blake stitched versus Goodyear Welted. The shoe laces are adequate but I feel that they don’t quite match the overall quality of the boots.

The inside lining had a few nicks but nothing major.
The lining of the tongue does not sit flush to the outside and looks to be hand clicked. This problem could easily be fixed by making the tongue lining smaller than the outside.
Velasca has opted not to use metal eyelets to reinforce the eyelet holes. It remains to be seen if this will affect the boots aversely over time.Overall lifespan might also vary depending on how tight people tie their shoe laces.

Lining imperfections
Lining imperfections
Velasca eyelets

Metal Eyelets on the competition
Velasca Tongue lining
Tongue lining of the competion

 I have worn this pair for a few weeks now and they have broken in nicely. The only cons are that you can feel the blake stitching from the inside (easily fixable with an extra leather insole) and that the shoe laces are not waxed. Unwaxed shoe laces are normally not a problem for oxfords or derbies but with a 4-eyelet boot this means you have to keep retying the shoes laces due to the knot slipping and the shoe loosening over time.


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