What have Queen Victoria, the Beatles, Stormtroopers and well-dressed individuals got in common?
Okay ... you’ve probably guessed it. They all wear (or wore) Chelsea Boots! The classic men's shoe model is not a modern-day invention; on the contrary, the Chelsea boot has a surprisingly rich history. But before we delve deeper into the history of the shoes, we will tell you what the Chelsea Boot actually is. The Chelsea boot is an above-ankle boot, which feataures two elastic inserts on the sides of the boots, either side of the foot. The elastic inserts are typical of the Chelsea boot, as they make it easy to put it on and remove it. Although Chelsea boots have a clearly predetermined silhouette, they can still vary extremely in colour and texture; from classic Chelsea boots in black or brown to Chelsea boots with heels or Chelsea boots in various colours. Even the texture of the leather and the heels can vary from model to model. If we initially say that the Chelsea Boot is a men's shoe, this is not entirely true. Because the Chelsea Boot also exists in a ladies’ version. A distinguishing feature of this is the somewhat narrower and higher heel. Otherwise, there are no other significant differences. We can offer you both Chelsea boots for men and Chelsea boots for ladies.
A timeless pair – With Chelsea Boots through history
The Chelsea Boot was invented in 1830 by J.S. Hall, none other than Queen Victoria’s shoemaker of Queen Victoria, invented. He had originally designed the shoe for ladies and for men as a classic running shoe. Other sources argue that the shoe was initially intended as a riding boot and only later became a running shoe. It is the typical question of the chicken or the egg. It makes no sense at this point to discuss who was there first. One thing is certain, the Chelsea boot goes back a long way.
However, it has not had its name so long. Some evidence suggests that the shapely ankle boot was known by the name "paddock boot" a long time ago. Be that as it may - until the First World War, the shoe remained a common feature of countless shoe cupboards. After that, it kept more of a low profile, until in the mid-1950s a group of prominent young artists, film directors, fashion icons and socialists from West London started to make the ankle boot socially acceptable again. Back then, the media called the group "The Chelsea Set". The term "Chelsea" was to become a synonym for the movement and for a new way of thinking and, ultimately, for a new form of self-expression, using clothing. That is how the Chelsea boot got its name.
After that, the wild journey continued - they immersed themselves in the world of Rock & Roll, were favoured by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, were hallmarks of an English sub-culture called Mods (Eng: "modernist"), made an appearance in the 1960s TV series "Avengers" and were even worn in the 70s in the movie "Star Wars" in a futuristic white version, by the Stormtroopers. The Chelsea Boots still enjoy great popularity today. Probably because of their straight and classic look that can be worn both casually and elegantly. The Chelsea boot is therefore a truly timeless companion and always a good investment in your look.