Why Chelsea boots will never go out of style

We know that Chelsea boots look great, but ever wonder how they became so popular in the first place? The rugged and comfortable boot has certainly made a name for itself in the fashion world – with some big celebrities walking around in them. Even when worn by the average Joe – the Chelsea boot still manages to exude an air of style. Let’s take a look back in time to get an insight into how this iconic boot came to be…

The history of the iconic Chelsea boot

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Chelsea boots Popular for decades and it may surprise you that the earliest versions of these boots go back nearly 200 years, although in the early days they were simply called paddock boots.

It all started in England in the late 1830s – when Queen Victoria got frustrated with laces getting caught while riding and so she threw her cobbler some laceless boots to solve the problem. At this time vulcanized rubber was invented (although the original inventor is disputed), a material that made it possible to create useful elastic siding on boots, allowing a tight squeeze without laces.

Many years later (around the 1960s) the paddock boot had a resurgence in popularity when fashionistas began wearing it in a certain London borough. Any guesses? That’s right, in Chelsea. It was yuppies that were wearing them (mods, rebel types). It was about the time when people started going crazy for Chelsea boots because bands like The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles wore them.

Global styles clash

This is where things get really interesting – while all this was happening in the UK, similarly functional and laceless boots known as bush boots were already popular for laborers in Australia and Jodhpur boots in India (similar in design to a riding boot). Popular brand Blundstone Proudly advertises that the company was founded in 1870 when they started making Australian workers boots.

It’s hard to find clear timelines here, but it’s easy to see that people all over the world are loving the simplicity and practicality of laceless boots. Eventually, all these variations begin to overlap and converge more and more. Nowadays, the term “Chelsea boot” refers to the paddock boot of London, the riding boot of India, and the bush boot from below.

Why are Chelsea boots still so popular?
It’s this simple: Chelsea boots can be worn with any style. They can be dressed up or down and will never look out of place. Heck, even wear a pair of shorts and Chelsea boots and you’ll still look cool – something that’s just not possible. Because Chelsea boots were so popular and globally successful, they have been worn by so many icons and celebrities that it is impossible to turn back the fashion clock. They were iconic decades ago and they are iconic today.

Keep these things in mind while shopping

If you’ve never worn a pair of Chelsea boots, we’d recommend going to a store to try them on, as the lack of laces can throw you off a bit when it comes to sizing. This is especially the case if you are choosing a new brand that you have not worn before

In terms of style and color (or finish), you really can’t go wrong here. Look at your trousers and see what color you’ve got. Brown boots look perfect with blue jeans and black boots look great with a more formal outfit or black jeans.

If you’re not sure which brand to go for – do yourself a favor and pay a little extra for premium quality. Don’t settle for average high-street brands as they will fall apart in no time. You want decent materials for your boots – not only will they be comfortable, but they’ll look better What are you waiting for, go get some!

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