The Chelsea boot we now recognise may have come to prominence in the 60s, but the style was originally manufactured in the Victorian era. Shoemaker and cobbler to Queen Victoria J. Sparkes-Hall claimed ownership of the initial design and named them the ‘J. Sparkes-Hall Patent Elastic Ankle Boot’. His patent included a rounded toe, ankle height, low heel and – most importantly – the vamp and quarters held together by a strip of (initially rubber) elastic. This negated the need either laces or buckles and allowed the boot to be easily slipped on and off.