* Chelsea boots made popular by The Beatles during Swinging London era
* These boots from Common Projects have become a must-have
* Made in Italy and rendered in blush color
Despite the fact that it was originally designed for Queen Victoria some 175 years ago, the Chelsea boot has become a staple for celebrities and designers alike today. If, for some reason, you haven’t gotten around to picking up a pair for your closet in 2017, we humbly suggest this pair from Common Projects.
Though the boot dates back to the Victorian era, the Chelsea didn’t enter the limelight until members of a little-known band called The Beatles began wearing versions of them in the 1960s. The story goes that after seeing a pair of Chelsea boots in a shop window, Paul McCartney and John Lennon commissioned London-based Anello & Davide to create a variant of the model for the band. Their version was built with a Cuban heel and pointed toes, which was called, “The Beatle.”
Today, however, Common Projects has become the go-to brand for their pair of Chelsea boots. Their model, made from a sueded leather upper and rubber crepe sole, sold out across menswear stores last year, and was seen on everyone from Nick Jonas to Kanye West.
For spring, the brand offers a pair in blush, complete with an almond toe, color matching elastic goring at the ankle and an off-white pull tab. The blush color acts as a new neutral – not as delicate as you’d think, but a step forward from basic black and tan too. As with all Common Projects shoes, a gold serial number has been heat pressed on the lateral side of the boot. More importantly, CP’s Chelsea boot has that crepe sole, so you know it’s going to be comfortable ride.
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