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style of boot that has been worn since the 1960s—made popular by the English rock group the Beatles, for whom they were originally made.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.
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. Beatle boots originated in October 1961, when English musicians John Lennon, George Harrison and Paul McCartney saw Chelsea boots whilst in the 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.
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. During the late 2000s and early 2010s the boots have seen a steady surge in popularity.
- The Beatles
- Carl Barât
- Michael Jackson
- Jonny Ivey
- The Dave Clark Five
- The Monkees
- Elvis Presley
- James Brown
- Roy Orbison
- Jimi Hendrix
- Alice Cooper
- Claude François
- Neil Tennant
- The Doors
- The Kinks
- The Zombies
- The Sonics
- The Yardbirds
- The Byrds
- The Beach Boys
- Steve Lukather
- Ryan Ross
- Daedalus Howell
- Iggy Pop
- The Kills
- Russell Brand
- Bob Dylan
- The Gruesomes
- The Rolling Stones
- Alex Turner
- Richey Edwards
- Andy Warhol
- Kanye West
- Riff Raff from The Rocky Horror Picture Show
- Austin Powers, from the Austin Powers series
- Ned Flanders, from The Simpsons
- Sid from Hey Arnold!
- Starfleet officers in Star Trek: The Original Series
- Eddie Dean from Stephen King's The Dark Tower series
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The Beatle Boot saw the reintroduction of heels for men.
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The traditional Chelsea Boot was adapted for the Beatles by Anello & Davide in the early 1960s with the addition of a higher Cuban heel from the Flamenco Boot.
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...and the Beatle boots...
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We start on a pair of BEATLE BOOTS...
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I've resisted these for thirty-five years. Why did I wear them today?
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