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The Chelsea Boot - From the Beatles to Star Wars


by Luke Twigg September 27, 2016 0 Comments

The Chelsea Boot – From the Beatles to Star Wars

When it comes to shoes, there aren’t many out there with a history as interesting as the Chelsea Boot’s. Not only is the design over 160 years old, it has had some rather interesting moments in its lifetime.  Here is where it all started –

Bright Sparke

  1. Sparkes-Hall who was Queen Victoria’s shoemaker is credited with the original design and got it patented in 1851. The Queen loved them and walked around in them every day according to Sparkes-Hall. The Boot was popular with the more affluent members of society including those who rode horses. They weren’t known as Chelsea Boots at this point, but called ‘J. Sparkes-Hall's Patent Elastic Ankle Boots’ – catchy, I know!

Post War Popularity

During a war, fashion isn’t the first thing on people’s minds and as to take a back seat. This was the case for The Chelsea Boot but things quickly picked up where they left off. The 50’s and 60’s were very eventful decades for the boot. It also picked up its name in the 50’s after it became associated with the popular Kings Road on Chelsea. Originally designed for royalty, now it was being worn by music royalty from The Rolling Stones to The Beatles. The ‘Swinging Sixties’ was well underway and The Chelsea Boot became one of the most iconic fashion items to have.

Star Wars

In 1977, the first Star Wars was released. Believe it or not, the shoe plays a bigger part than you probably may have realised. If you look closely enough, you’ll notice that the Stormtroopers are wearing Chelsea Boots. They are dyed white of course to fit in with the rest of the outfit.

 

A New Dawn

Chelsea boots have been in many style magazines on and off for the past 30 years but recently, we have seen them come into the limelight again. Most highstreet shops have a variation of a Chelsea Boot in their store and you’d do well to walk through a town centre without spotting a pair. There is also a market for bespoke, high quality leather Chelsea Boots and this is where we come in.

Italo

Using Full Grain Italian Calf Leather and Goodyear Welted Construction, we believe that our Chelsea Boot is the best in the business, comfortably. Italo is a walnut colour and comes with a hand-brushed finish. With a full leather lining, heel and sole and insole, you won’t find a better Chelsea Boot on the market.

 

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