Chelsea Boots (Explanation, Wearing & Buying Guide)

  1. Definition
  2. Variations of Chelsea Boots

Definition of a Chelsea Boot

Chelsea boots are a type of ankle-high boot that is defined by a design that includes an elastic side panel. While it's origins trace back to the 1830s, it's name derives from the neighborhood in London, Chelsea, where the style of boots began to gain popularity among trendy youths in the 1960s. Specifically what makes a boot a Chelsea boot is:

  • The presence and use of an elastic side panel which allows for easy put on/take off of the boot
  • A sleek and simple profile, usually unadorned (no laces, minimal stitching) 

Variations of a Chelsea Boot