Gentlemens Boots – The Chelsea

The More Traditional Chelsea Boot - Church’s Amberley
The More Traditional Chelsea Boot - Church’s Amberley

While the Chelsea boot looks modern it actual dates from Victorian era riding boots and is British in its design origin. According to Underground, the English Punk footwear maker,

The distinguishing features of the boots are the elasticated side panels, or gussets, in place
of laces or other fastenings. This was a very innovative design at the time, as it allowed the
Victorian woman to slip on her tight fitted ankle-boots more easily.

Jeffery~West Reinvents the Classic Chelsea Boot - The O'Toole Oliver
Jeffery~West Reinvents the Classic Chelsea Boot - The O'Toole Oliver

If fact, Samuel Windsor (UK Menswear retailer) details the development of the Chelsea for Queen Victoria in their blog,

J. Sparkes-Hall, bootmaker to Queen Victoria back in 1837 is credited with inventing what we now know as the Chelsea boot. The development of vulcanized rubber gave him the idea to produce an elastic sided boot that could be slipped in and out of with minimal effort.

In the patent Sparkes-Hall filed for his creation in 1851, he claimed ‘She (Queen Victoria) walks in them daily and thus gives the strongest proof of the value she attaches to the invention’.

It was the custom-made Anello & Davide Chelsea boots on direction from Paul McCartney and John Lennon of The Beatles that brought the boot into hipster culture once again.

John Lennon's Custom Chelsea 'Beatle' Boot by Anello & Davide
John Lennon's Custom Chelsea 'Beatle' Boots by Anello & Davide

The Chelsea boot has become a staple in any decent gent’s footwear wardrobe. They are stylish, comfortable, sporty, and look damn sexy. Add to this they are super easy to slip on and off, and fit snug during wear, and you’ll understand why owning several pairs is not excessive, but mandatory.

Black Patent Leather Chelsea Boot from Gucci
Black Patent Leather Chelsea Boots from Gucci

Article first published as Gentlemens Boots – The Chelsea on Technorati.

Published by The Kingpin

Kingpin's Hideaway is a gentlemens outfitter specializing in designer and vintage clothing and accessories. Getting men to dress like grownups since 1986. Kingpin Chic is gentlemenswear. With balls.

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