In the year 1851 Queen Victoria issued a challenge to the royal shoemakers to make a pair of boots minus shoe laces which were constantly getting tangled in her stirrups whilst indulging in her favorite past time of horse riding.
The first boots were made by J. Sparkes-Hall employing the use of vulcanized rubber (elastic) which allowed Queen Victoria to slip the boots on and off easily. The Queen was delighted and thus this new style of boot was catapulted on the world stage. As the stirrup proved so important in the history of this wonderful and enduring boot, we lovingly embroider a stirrup on all our Classic Chelsea Boots!
Initially called ”Paddock Boots” due to their popularity while riding, the boots underwent a name change in London’s swinging 60’s and became known as the ”Chelsea Boot” based on their association with the King’s Road (A street in the Borough of Chelsea in western London)....Embraced by the Rock & Roll community, from The Rolling Stones & The Beatles to Twiggy; they were the must have accessory & everybody wanted to walk in their boots.
For almost two centuries now, the Chelsea Boot has endured as a true style icon incorporating the highest standard and design elements. This unique pair of boots is significant, not only for their extraordinary provenance, but also for their innovative design.
A Brand fit for a Queen.