Boots (Chelsea)

R.M. Williams

Established 1932

Attributed to Queen Victoria’s shoemaker J. Sparkes-Hall, who patented the design in 1851, Chelsea boots are ankle-high boots with an elastic side panel on the side. Chelsea boots were considered an iconic element of the 1960s in Britain, particularly the mod scene.

Founded in 1932 by Reginald Murray Williams, R.M. Williams makes the most iconic Chelsea boots today. Initially producing a wide range of leather goods, R.M. Williams found particular success with its riding boots. The upper of the boots is constructed using a single piece of leather, a method that enhances durability and creates a timeless, clean look. This production technique remains a staple of R.M. Williams styles today.

Why on Wikiconic?
Saint Laurent Paris, established 1961. Saint Laurent made the Chelsea boot popular again for both men and women. Demand-creating.


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