+Like new – J. FENESTRIER Double Sole Chelsea Boot: 44E (US 10.5E)


SOLD to Mynheer M. H., Vianen
  • Joseph Fenestrier
    Paris, since 1895
    Black Calfskin Chelsea Boot
    Euro 480

    What distinguishes Fenestrier is the superb quality of the leather, the meticulous interior work (which the picture can only hint at) and the Goodyear welted double sole plus 360 degree Storm Welt (split reverse welt). All in all, a top quality shoe, and the best of the ready-mades to come out of France, and I include the giant Weston in my remark.

    The Chelsea Boot is derivative of the Jodhpur boot and, like the Jodhpur, began as a riding boot. Distinguished from the Jodhpur by its elastic gusset and close fitting ankle-high shaft, the Chelsea Boot is both handsome and practical on or off horseback and makes a dramatic appearance under dress or sporting trousers, not to mention jeans.

    It is reported that Sparkes-Hall, bootmaker to Queen Victoria, invented the elastic gusseted boot in 1837, upon Charles Goodyear’s development of the vulcanized rubber, although this date conflicts with the later date of the introduction of the Jodhpur Boot into England. What can be said with certainty is that by mid-century the gusseted boot was widely adopted by both men and women and became a standard shoe in the shoemakers repertoire. Chelsea Boots enjoyed a resurgence of popularity in the 1960s and 1970s, becoming the iconic footwear of the “mod” scene. Today, along with Jodhpurs and Chukka Boots, Chelsea Boots are once again prominent in well-dressed circles, a testimony to the immutability of the classical and traditional.

    Size Details:

    US 10.5E.....UK 9.5F.....Continental 44E

    Shoe Condition:

    This pair appears to have been a store model, probably never worn outside, showing nothing more that a little rubbing to the soles and packaging marks.

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