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This Chelsea Boots Are Made For Walkin’

At this time of year, your choice of footwear is more important than in any other season. As the days get shorter, colder and wetter, key considerations for any man should be comfort, weather resistance and warmth. But with so … +


At this time of year, your choice of footwear is more important than in any other season. As the days get shorter, colder and wetter, key considerations for any man should be comfort, weather resistance and warmth. But with so many boot options on offer – Desert, Chukka, Biker, Worker – it can be difficult to know which way to turn.

This article was inspired by a recent jaunt along London’s Mod Mecca, Carnaby Street, where old rock n roll icons such as Mick Jagger and The Beatles helped making the Chelsea Boot a serious men’s footwear contender.

If that article failed to convince you of the Chelsea’s current fashion, hopefully this breakdown of the trend and the fact that some of the biggest names in the industry are behind the silhouette will sway you, just in time for the harsh winter weather.

In all honesty, I am not a massive boot fan. Because of this a posteriori, I didn’t find the traditional Chelsea boot particularly appealing. To tell you the truth, I found them to « womenizing ». Weirdly, the Chelsea boot was originally designed as an easy to remove riding boot for the Queen Victoria herself. Back then, the most important feature was the ease of which the boots could be removed.

Then, during the 60s and 70s, the Chelsea boot became popular amongst men, thanks to popular figures as Lennon, McCartney and Mick Jagger. They teamed the short ankle boot with sharp, slim-fit Savile Row tailoring for a modernist, stylish look.The Beatles even asked Anello and Davide to design ‘The Beatle’ boot – essentially a Chelsea boot with a slightly higher than normal heel. These variants of the Chelsea boot became hugely popular.

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