*SUTOR MANTELLASSI Tan Chelsea Boot: 43D
Tan Calfskin Chelsea Boot
This shoe represents the finest workmanship to come out of Italy today.
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 10D.....UK 9E.....Continental 43-43.5D, for the medium width foot.
Excellent, all original soles and heels. First trivial rubbing of the heels, soles showing almost no wear. Tops fine with trivial blemishes to tips of toes. Overall, superb..