About Heeled Chelsea Boots
Chelsea boots were invented by the boot maker to Queen Victoria, J. Sparkes-Hall in 1839. After the development of vulcanised rubber, Sparkes-Hall came up with the idea to produce an elastic sided boot, which would be hard wearing and easy to slip on and off.
This style of boots became popular with horse riders and were referred to as paddock or jodhpur boots, eventually becoming a fashion trend from the late 1840s.
During the 1960s, the boots were popular with Mods, who teamed them with their sharp, Italian and French inspired suits. The Beatles and the fashion icon Mary Quant wore them, which led them to become a fashion staple of the London Chelsea set; hence the moniker Chelsea boots.
Chelsea boots have stood the test of time and many other styles have been inspired by the original flat, durable and robust design. Designers Jimmy Choo, Alexander Wang and Tommy Hilfiger have all featured them on the catwalk and celebrities, including Fearne Cotton, Alexa Chung and Elle MacPherson have all been photographed wearing them.
Chelsea boots are no longer only available with low heels. There's an abundance of heel heights and styles to suit your mood and outfit, including Cuban, 3" chunky, block heels, 4" slimmer styles and biker wedges.
Originally in black leather with a thick rubber sole, Chelsea boots are now available in studded, cowboy suede, lace-up green velvet, cut out and peep toe designs and patent leather in a variety of colours. Whatever your style, there's bound to be a Chelsea boot style you will fall in love with.