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history Chelsea boots
The first example of the fitted pull-on ankle boot known today as ‘Chelsea’ was developed in the 1840s by a London boot-maker to Queen Victoria. Its design relies on the invention of vulcanised rubber, where sulphur is added to natural rubber to make it elastic and more durable.
Sewn from two pieces of leather, the front vamp and the back quarters, the boots featured elastic side gussets instead of laces or buttons and could easily be slipped on and off. The patented design was marketed as time-saving, convenient and as corresponding to the feet’s anatomical form.
Elastic-side boots were long used for horseback riding and were referred to as ‘paddock boots’ until the early 20th century. The name Chelsea was attributed to the style during the 1950s, named after an influential collective of London artists and musicians.
Leather is a hard-wearing natural material, yet it can be sensitive. Keep leather away from humidity, heat and chemicals and protect it from rain and rough surfaces, which can scratch and damage it. To remove light stains, wipe with a slightly damp cloth. Otherwise, leather items should be taken to a specialist leather dry cleaner. If leather should get wet, allow it to air dry at normal room temperature.