The Chelsea boot was originally designed by Queen Victoria’s personal shoemaker, J. Sparks-Hall, who claimed the Queen loved them so much, she walked in them daily. As he advertised his creation, he dubbed them the “J. Sparkes-Hall’s Patent Elastic Ankle Boots,” a name that wouldn’t prove to be quite as marketable in the future.
The boot surged in popularity in the U.K. through the 1960s thanks to rising rockstar acts like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. In fact, John Lennon and Paul McCartney took the Chelsea boot and had it refashioned with a Cuban heel, a style that would be known as the Beatle boot.
Due to its association with King’s Road, a major street running through Chelsea and Fulham in west London, the boot became known as the Chelsea boot. This area was a hub for London fashion at the time, and the Chelsea boot would soon take over the mod scene, often worn by men with tailor-made suits.