STYLE. GROOMING. INSPIRATION. ADVICE.
The Chelsea boot we now recognise may have come to prominence in the 60s, but the style was originally made in the Victorian era. Shoemaker 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, negating the need for laces or buckles.