The Chelsea boots guide part 1

The Chelsea boots guide

The Chelsea boots guide part 1

The history of the Chelsea boots:

The boots that are now known as the Chelsea boot have Victorian roots. The design and invention of the Chelsea boot are attributed to J. Sparkes-Hall, bootmaker to Queen Victoria, but he would not have been successful without the development of vulcanized rubber. In 1839, Charles Goodyear, an American inventor, developed a process to vulcanize rubber in Springfield, Massachusetts, which was patented in 1844. Vulcanized rubber played a crucial role in the design of the Chelsea boot because it allowed him to create a boot that could be easily slipped on and off. J.Sparkes-Hall was the first to design a vulcanized rubber, or shall I say- elastic sided ankle boot. In the patent that he filled in 1851, he claimed that Queen Victoria walks in them daily and thus gives the strongest proof of the value she attaches to the invention. These elastic sided ankle boots eventually came to be called Chelsea boots.

Main characteristics of Chelsea boots, number 1:

The main characteristic of this kind of boots is ankle length, also they have rounded toes, low heels and two parts each made from a single piece of leather: the vamp and the quarters.

Main characteristics of Chelsea boots, number 2:

On these boots, the vamp and the quarters meet near the ankle where they are joined by a strip of vulcanized rubber or elastic. The strip of elastic extends to just below the ankle but not all the way down to the sole, just above the welt. The vamp and quarters are not sewn one on top of the other, but instead, they are sewn together in one plain below the ankle. While the Chelsea boots share some characteristics with the Jodhpur boots, there are some different parts.