Style 101: Chelsea Boots

Chelsea Boots  –  Close-fitting, ankle-high boots with an elastic side panel. Often with a loop or tab of fabric on the back of the boot, enabling the boot to be pulled on.  Chelsea boots have been around for over 150 years.  Though they weren’t always called Chelsea boots. Before the 50s they were known as J. Sparkes-Hall’s Patent Elastic Ankle Boots.

Chelsea boots got their name in the 50s and 60s due to the fact that a large number of artists, writers, and musicians that lived or worked in Chelsea happened to wear them.  Usually synonymous with tailored suits and a classy silhouette in recent years we’ve seen the Chelsea boots become more dressed down.  It isn’t uncommon to see someone walking down the street in distressed denim, a white tee and a beautiful pair of Chelsea boots.


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