Beatle boot

A Beatle boot is a style of boot that has been worn since the 1960s—made popular by the English rock group the Beatles, for whom they were originally made. The boots are a variant of the Chelsea boot: they are tight-fitting, Cuban-heeled, ankle-high boots with a sharp pointed toe. The style can feature either elastic or zipped sides.[1]

A pair of Beatle boot replicas

Beatle boots saw the reintroduction of high-heeled footwear for men.[2]


The Beatles, seen here in 1963

Beatle boots are a direct descendant of the Chelsea boot, but have an even more pointed toe and a centre seam stitch running from ankle to toe, and the flamenco boot, from which its Cuban heel was derived.[3] Beatle boots originated in October 1961, when English musicians John Lennon, George Harrison and Paul McCartney saw Chelsea boots whilst in Hamburg, being worn by a London band, and then went to the London footwear company Anello & Davide to commission four pairs (with the addition of Cuban heels) for the Beatles, to complement their new suit image upon their return from Hamburg.[4]

Beatle boots were very popular with rock bands and artists during the middle 1960s but started to decline during the 1970s. The boots saw a surge of popularity during the punk movement in the late 1970s and early 1980s but again started to decline throughout the 1990s.[citation needed] During the late 2000s and early 2010s the boots have seen a steady surge in popularity.[5]

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