You can slide them on and you can slide them off. There’s no shoe-tying necessary with a pair of Chelsea boots.
The Chelsea boot is a sleek, stylish, and voguish footwear option for men that can be worn both formally or casually. The boot is constructed with a smooth leather toe and upper around the ankle. They might appear exclusively dressy, but they have much more versatility than just complementing a suit and tie. Most pairs are designed with a pull tab on the back of the boot that allows its wearer to simply pull the boot on, and every pair is made with the elastic sides that make the boot easy to slip off and on. Whether you prefer leather or suede, or low heel or Cuban heel, there is a pair that will coincide with every man’s individual style.
Chelsea boots date all the way back to Queen Victoria and the 1800s. They were designed and patented by the queen’s shoemaker, J. Sparkles-Hall, who originally made them for riding on horseback, but by the 1840s it was fashionable in the West. Chelsea boots took a brief hiatus during the World War period, but saw an unprecedented revival in the 1950s.
By the 1960s, bands like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones had given the boot an iconic, rock star silhouette. They were even called the “Beatle Boot” during that time because you never saw The Beatles perform in another pair of boots. Chelsea boots were essential to their look, and it was a rarity for the band to take the stage without them. The boot’s popularity blossomed as a result, and everyone in United Kingdom had a pair. You weren’t considered a true Londoner if you didn’t own a pair of Chelsea boots.
The boot became a staple in every man’s wardrobe, and that still holds true to this day. Just like every man should own a pair of rugged boots, every man should own a pair of Chelsea boots. You can wear them with just about anything, and they’re perfect for this time of the year. Wear them like The Beatles would. Not necessarily with a suit, but with conviction and confidence.
Here are our 10 picks for this season’s best Chelsea boots.