NEW – Vintage PIERRE CARDIN Chelsea Boot: 46D
Classic Chelsea Boot
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.
One must immediately distinguish between this properly made pair of boots and the goods sold under the Cardin name today. This is an English made boot, most likely from the 1980s when the Cardin boutiques were still in existence and the name was still associated with quality and luxury. Judging from the construction of the sole and heel, very likely made to order and branded for the Cardin firm by Grenson or Crockett but this cannot be know with certainty. Suffice it to say, it is up to our standard. Recommended.
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:UK 11E.......US 12 D......Continental 46D, for the medium width Foot.
New and unworn. Sold without trees