*NEW – Vintage TRES CABALLOS for NAVARRO BROTHERS Chelsea Boot: 41.5D
Size: 41-41.5 [US.8-8.5] [UK 7-7.5]
Styles: Boots/Stiefel, Jodhpur Boots
Calzado Tres Caballos
The Classic Chelsea Boot
This Unifor Brown Chelsea boot is an unusual find; this maker is far better known for their “Flying” Jodhpur. And like the Jodhpur it lies discreetly under the trouser leg, presenting itself as a sleek, plain fronted shoe until you sit down and reveal that you are indeed wearing a boot..
The originator and producer was Calzado Tres Caballos, established 1935 in Veracruz and once considered the finest bootmaker in Mexico, producing a variety of quality ready made and custom boots and shoes. The American importer, Navarro Brothers, marketed the boot, as in this case, under their own brand. Still, this particular boot was produced by Tres Caballos, most likely in the 1990s, not long before Tres Caballos went out of business.
This version of the Chelsea in uniform brown gained popularity with the Mexican Army for their #2 Dress Uniform. Eventually, as many Army officers retired and graduated into local and national police forces, they took the beloved Flying Jodhpur and the Uniform Chelsea with them and adopted it to their police uniforms. A somewhat less attractive group of admirers of these boots were, I am told, the more affluent members of the Mexican drug cartels, many of them former police officers who had gravitated to the more lucrative career.
Size: US 8.5D……UK 7.5E…….Continental 41.5D, for the medium width foot.
Condition: NEW and never worn. Sold without trees.
Like the Jodhpur Boot (named for the Maharaja of Jodhpur) and the Chukka Boot which derive from the 19th century British presence in India and the discovery of the game of Polo in the 1850s by British tea planters on the Burmese border with India, the Chelsea boot was readily adapted by the British at home for it handsome appearance and practical use on or off horseback. It quickly became a staple of the Gentleman’s wardrobe and has never since gone out of style.