The most notable feature of the Chelsea boot is its elastic siding, running from the heel to the top of the shoe.
Chelsea boots are tight-fitting, ankle-high boots that originated in the Victorian era, and were originally associated with horse riding.
Charles Goodyear's development of vulcanised rubber enabled Sparkes-Hall, bootmaker to Queen Victoria, to invent the elastic gusset boot in 1837.
The advantage of elasticated boots meant they could be easily removed and put on again.
Chelsea boots were considered an element of the 1960s mod scene, and they have recently become in fashion again amongst men as well as women.
Gli stivaletti cd. "Chelsea" sono caratterizzati dalla forma stretta, affusolata ed aderente al piede, dall'altezza alla caviglia e, soprattutto, dalla banda elastica laterale che permette di toglierli e metterli comodamente.
Esplosi nuovamente nella swinging London degli anni 60, i Chelsea boots sono oggi tornati a spopolare tra uomini e donne.