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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ankle-high boots with a sharp pointed toe, made popular by the English rock group The Beatles, for whom they were originally made.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. Beatle boots saw the reintroduction of high-heeled footwear for men.

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. 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. The boots were very popular with rock bands and artists during the middle 1960s but started to decline during the 70s. 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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  • The Beatles
  • Michael Jackson
  • Roy Orbison
  • Neil Tennant
  • The Doors
  • The Kinks
  • The Yardbirds
  • The Byrds
  • The Beach Boys
  • Steve Lukather
  • Ryan Ross
  • Daedalus Howell
  • Iggy Pop
  • The Kills
  • Russell Brand
  • Bob Dylan
  • The Gruesomes
  • The Rolling Stones
  • Alex Turner
  • ichey Edwards
  • Andy Warhol


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  • The Eleventh Doctor, Doctor Who (TV series).
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  • Sid, from Hey Arnold!
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