Crockett & Jones Chelsea 8 Black Suede Chelsea Boot

Crockett & Jones Chelsea 8 – Black Suede Chelsea Boot with City Rubber Sole.

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Chelsea 8, a Chelsea boot with ‘V’ shaped side elastics, made from the finest black suede leather with ‘City’ rubber soles. From Crockett & Jones’ Men’s Main Collection.

This colourway of repello suede is tanned to be water repellent. Fully treated with ‘Scotch guard’ during the tanning process, the material achieves an exceptionally high level of water resistance to water and oil based substances. This proofing remains effective throughout the life of the footwear, although it is recommended to keep up with suede care.

Bowhill and the Chelsea Boot

Chelsea boots have a long illustrious history; just like Bowhill & Elliott they became established in Victorian times. The invention of the elastic side gusset boot has been credited to Mr J Sparks-Hall, who in 1837 was commissioned to make a boot for Queen Victoria that was easy to pull on and off without all the fuss of laces. Although pre dating the wonderful world of Bowhill & Elliott (1874 if you were wondering), it’s no surprise the Chelsea boot was an instant success the day Obadiah Bowhill turned the key at 65 London Street. Historically as a bespoke shoemakers way back in 1874, you can imagine the demand for the latest boot which had begun to be be adopted by the equestrian set in Norfolk. Fast forward to the swinging 60s, and the boot had become commonly known as the Chelsea boot. Much like the Oxford toe cap taking its name from the university students in the early 1800s, this time it was the turn of rock stars who would wear a Chelsea boot with just about anything while strutting down the famous Kings Road in Chelsea. Today the Chelsea boot may not have the same glitz and glamour as previous generations, instead it is seen as the go to boot for versatility, ease and comfort, and still looks good with just about every outfit.

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