Chelsea Boots

Chelsea boots date back to the mid-1800’s when Queen Victoria ruled the UK, but they really rose to fame a century later, when a group of young artists and directors known as the ‘Chelsea Set’ took a liking to them. Cut to closely graze the lower leg, the elastic side panel is what makes these ankle-high boots most recognizable. A classic they may be, chelsea boots have had many modern interpretations—edgy studded styles by Balenciaga, brushed metallic chunky-heeled translations by Laurence Decade, inky velvet versions by Tabitha Simmons—and can easily be paired with anything in a woman’s wardrobe, from billowy maxi dresses in the spring, to heavy knits and leather pants in the fall.