History of the Chelsea Boot: the Elastic Shoe that has come a Long Way

Recently the ankle boot with elastic has been a constant presence in the collections of fashion brands, consumers appreciate their comfort and versatility with every outfit, be it casual or dressy.

Their history dates back to the 19th Century, when Queen Victoria’s shoemaker Joseph Sparkes Hall patented a new type of horse-riding shoe with low sole, pointed shape and elastic sides made of vulcanized rubber. This model was instantly appreciated and in the following decades it slowly transformed from a sport item mainly used by the British aristocracy to an essential piece of fashion for the cultural movements of the 60’s.

In fact, the definition of “Chelsea Boot” originates from the boroughs of Chelsea and Fulham, center of the Swinging London. Shortly after, these boots gained an unprecedented level of global exposure due to their most famous adopters: the Beatles. After coming back to England from Hamburg, the Fab Four commissioned four pairs of boots to the shoemakers Anello & Davide. These original “Beatle Boots” featured customized Cuban heels and were an essential part of their early look.

Since then, style has evolved constantly and we at LANZI NASTRIFICIO like to think that our ETRE’ elastics have taken part in this story, by giving a touch of color and personality to your Chelsea Boots.

ELASTIC RIBBON FOR SHOES – E/3

ELASTIC RIBBON WITH STRIPES – E/3

ELASTIC RIBBON WITH EMBOSSED “HONEYCOMB” PATTERN – 3091

ELASTIC RIBBON WITH “OPTICAL 70S” PRINT IN RECYCLED POLYESTER – 92E / 92NL