Tuesday July 31st, 2018
Created two hundred years ago by Queen Victoria’s own personal shoemaker, Chelsea boots are English boots, or more precisely London boots, which reach the ankle and feature an elastic band on each side. In the 1960s & 1970s, the Chelsea boot became an official part of the uniform worn by the Beatles, that historic 20th-century rock-pop group who made these boots cool and which later even took their name. In fact, from the moment that John Lennon and Paul McCartney bought their first pair in a shop in Charing Cross Road, Chelsea boots also became known as Beatles boots. The classic version is ultra-flat with swallow-tail detailing, but various trends have transformed it into a remix of rock’n’roll inspirations including bolder versions with a heel. Their style remains androgynous with a hint of dandy, but judiciously combined with a maxi- or midi-dress, they can be very sexy! The lesson in style the English gave us is this: masculine is truly feminine.