Beatle boot

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A pair of Beatle boot replicas.
The Beatles, seen here in 1963

A Beatle boot is a style of boot that has been worn since the 1960s. The boots are tight-fitting, Cuban-heeled, ankle-high boots with a sharp pointed toe, made popular by the English rock group The Beatles, for whom they were originally made. The style can feature either zipped or elastic sides.[1] Beatle boots saw the reintroduction of high-heeled footwear for men.[2]

Beatle boots are a direct descendant of the Chelsea boot, from which the pointed toe and centre seam stitch (running from ankle to toe) was derived, and the Flamenco boot, from which the Cuban heel was derived.[3] Beatle boots originated in October 1961, when English musicians John Lennon and Paul McCartney saw Chelsea boots whilst browsing in the London footwear company Anello & Davide, and consequently commissioned four pairs (with the addition of Cuban heels) for the Beatles, to complement their new suit image upon their return from Hamburg.[4] The boots were very popular with rock bands and artists during the middle 1960s but started to decline during the 70's. The boots saw a surge of popularity during the punk movement in the late 70s and early 80s but again started to decline throughout the 90s. During the late 2000s and early 2010s the boots have seen a steady surge in popularity.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Bassett McCleary, John (2004). Hippie Dictionary: A Cultural Encyclopedia of the 1960s and 1970s. Ten Speed Press. p. 44. ISBN 1-58008-547-4. 
  2. ^ Kippen, Cameron. "Beatle Boots". The History of Boots. Department of Podiatry. Archived from the original on 10 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-11. "The Beatle Boot saw the reintroduction of heels for men." 
  3. ^ a b "The Beatle Boot". Bespoke Shoes. Anello & Davide. Archived from the original on 23 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-11. "The traditional Chelsea Boot was adapted for the Beatles by Anello & Davide in the early 1960’s with the addition of a higher Cuban heel from the Flamenco Boot." 
  4. ^ Bramwell, Tony (2004). Magical Mystery Tours: My Life with the Beatles. Robson. p. 34. ISBN 0-312-33043-X. 
  5. ^ Lawrence, Helen (2005-04-18). "Carl Barât". Popstar Feets. Retrieved 2007-10-11. 
  6. ^ Li-Chou Han, Sara (October 2007). "Suited and Booted". Style. Your Fridge Door. Archived from the original on 13 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-11. "...Brands favourite style, the Zip Boot..." 
  7. ^ "Episode 5". The Russell Brand Show. Season 1. Episode 5. 2006-12-22. Channel 4. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0955749/.
  8. ^ "BOB DYLAN". The Independent. 2007-04-17. p. 2. Retrieved 2008-02-03. [dead link]
  9. ^ Lejtenyi, Patrick (June 2000). "Back from the Grave". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2007-12-29. "...and the Beatle boots..." 
  10. ^ Bone, Martyn (2002). "The Rolling Stones". St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture. Retrieved 2008-02-01. 
  11. ^ "Warhol's foot fetish". The Daily Telegraph. 2007-11-19. p. 2. Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  12. ^ "Riff Raff: Costume List". www.rockyhorrorcostumelist.info. 
  13. ^ "Monkeyman!". Hey Arnold!. Season 4. Episode 11. 2000-03-03. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0600786/.
  14. ^ Myers, Mike (1996-07-17). "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery script". dailyscript.com. "We start on a pair of BEATLE BOOTS..."