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The Chelsea Boots

This week Dutch leather brand Butts and Shoulders added a new style to their collection, the Chelsea boots. Another classic and timeless footwear silhouette that is a perfect addition to their collection that is based on authentic details and classics.

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The Origin Of Chelsea Boots

The Chelsea boots is an iconic close-fitting, ankle-high boots with an elastic side panel. They often have a loop or tab of fabric on the back of the boot, which makes it easier to slip in. The boot design dates back to the Victorian era when it was worn by both men and women.

The design is credited to Queen Victoria’s shoemaker Joseph Sparkes Hall. The shoemaker, Joseph Sparkes Hall, claimed that she, Queen Victoria, walks in them daily and thus gives the strongest proof of the value she attaches to the invention. In his advertising of the period, he refers to the boot as J. Sparkes Hall’s Patent Elastic Ankle Boots. The boot became popular for horse riding as well as walking.

Chelsea boots and some of its variants were considered an iconic element of the 1960s in Britain, particularly the mod scene. Also, The Beatles helped to popularise Chelsea boots during the 1960s. Nowadays this footwear style is a model that you can no longer ignore within the fashion and the street scene.

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First Run Of 100 Pairs

The first run is made of 100 pairs in Portugal. This is common for the brand when they launch a new product. All these 100 pairs are uniquely numbered by hand, which makes them even more special. They’re constructed with the durable Goodyear Welted construction. This unique and authentic production method ensures that you can resole them with time. And, they will mold to your feet, so they will end up as your most favorite pair of shoes.

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Vegetable-Tanned Leather

As the rest of the Butts and Shoulders brand, these Chelsea boots are also made of natural vegetable-tanned leather. This leather type is the DNA and the signature of the brand. This 100% chemical-free leather type chances with wear into a darker cognac color. The aging process is magical and very unique to explore each day. In the end, each worn pair of boots will be different as it reflects your lifestyle which can’t be replicated by someone else.

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Worn vs New pair.

The Crepe Sole

Typical for a pair of Chelsea boots is that they’re made with a large cut piece of leather, elastic side panels, but also the crepe soles. The crepe soles from Butts and Shoulders are made with the highest quality rubber available. It’s a natural material that is based around extracted juices and saps from the Hevea tree. Harvesting the sap does not harm the tree. And for a regular size of Chelsea boots around 30 – 35 cuts are needed. After filtration, the process continues with the separation of specific components of the rubber.

Moist is being removed by pressing the rubber. In the end, a very durable natural product appears. The extraordinary resilience of a crepe sole is its main advantage. The unbeatable comfort will make your pair of Butts and Shoulders Chelseas an absolute footwear-favorite for this Spring and Summer.

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Pictures by Cultizm.


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Written by Wouter Munnichs
I'm the founder of Long John. Next to running this daily magazine, I'm working as a freelance denim specialist for the industry. Titled as 'Denim Influencer 2020' by Rivet 50. Celebrated my 10th anniversary with Long John in 2021.