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About Mens Chelsea Boots

One of the most popular styles of boots for men, Chelsea boots were first worn in the Victorian era, and used for horse-riding. They were first designed by Sparkes-Hall, the bootmaker to the Queen, in 1837 and appealed to people who led busy lives ? the elasticised sides meant that they could be quickly put on and removed, and meant that fiddly laces were no longer necessary. They became incredibly popular during the 1960s, when they were considered one of the most fashionable items of footwear ? a key part of the mod look, they were a huge part of popular culture, and when the Beatles appeared in them, their popularity went through the roof. Styles of Chelsea Boots Traditional Chelsea Boots are smart in appearance and often have tapered or pointy toes, and a slight heel; brands such as Office and Topman have produced lines in several different colours, patterns and fabrics, and were designed to be a fashion item. Other brands, such as Caterpillar or Doc Marten have ranges of Chelsea Boots more similar to that of a work boot; think chunky soles, metal toecaps and sturdy upper fabrics. Chelsea Boot Materials The humble Chelsea Boot remains incredibly fashionable even today, partly due to the recent surge in rock and indie culture; seen on celebrity musicians, actors and models, they?re a key part of many different looks. Whether they?re going to be used as a work boot, or a fashion shoe, most Chelsea Boots will have a leather sole, while upper materials can vary from brand to brand and style to style. Traditionally, the uppers were leather, but in the modern age, synthetic fabrics have become more popular and offer a wider range of decorative options.