The Perfect Chelsea Boot

If they're good enough for Mick Jagger, they're good enough for us. 


Designed as easy-to-remove riding boots by Queen Victoria’s shoemaker J Sparkes-Hall, the Chelsea boot has had a chequered history.

Defined by its elasticated sides and lightweight sole, the short ankle boot first hit the spotlight in the Sixties, when The Beatles and their pop peers wore them with sharp Savile Row suits.

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Then, in the Eighties, middle-aged mods paired them with leather blazers and dad jeans, sullying the style’s good reputation with every step. Now, the Chelsea boot is back. Readopted a few seasons ago by ice-cool Scandi brands Filippa K, Acne and Cos — where slim-line boots in black and chocolate brown were teamed with skinny monochrome suits — this season, everyone from Paul Smith to Grenson and Jimmy Choo have produced their own.

This calfskin, Goodyear-welted boot from Ralph Lauren Black Label is understated enough to work with indigo jeans but sleek enough to be worn with a suit. One tip: your trousers should hang no lower than an inch over the tops of the boots; any lower and you’ll look like Jeremy Clarkson. And you don’t want that.

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