This Boot Trend is Nearly 170 Years Old, and We Still Can't Get Enough

A classic pair of ankle boots are a staple in every woman’s wardrobe, especially when it comes to the chillier months of autumn, and if you ask us, nothing quite beats the style power of sleek, comfy Chelsea boots.

Though they’ve long been the uniform of rockstars and off-duty supermodels—Alexa Chung and Kate Moss are well-documented fans of this style paired with skinny jeans—did you know that they’ve actually been around for nearly 170 years? Or that British monarch Queen Victoria was the owner of the very first pair?

It’s safe to say that these versatile boots have proved their longevity in the fashion world, and we can certainly see why: Not only are they a chic take on practical everyday boots (even when they have a little stacked heel), but they can also elevate any look, from jeans and a tee to a floral midi dress or checked tailoring.

Alexa Chung wearing animal print Chelsea boots and jeans in New York



This season, if it’s possible, Chelseas are better than ever, thanks to smart styles from Saint Laurent, Sézane, TopshopMango and more. Think glossy black leather, plenty of animal print and even toe-to-heel sequins. Ready to meet your new favourite boots?

Scroll through the gallery below to shop our pick of the best Chelsea boots right now.

Next up, 41 of the best ankle boots to wear right now.

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