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A pair of Beatle boot replicas.

Beatle boots are a style of boot that have 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ankle-high boots with a sharp pointed toe, made popular by the English rock group The Beatles, for whom they were originally made.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]


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  3. ^ a b "The Beatle Boot". Bespoke Shoes. Anello & Davide. 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."  
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  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. Retrieved 2007-10-11. "...Brands favourite style, the Zip Boot..."  
  7. ^ "Episode 5". The Russell Brand Show. Channel 4. 2006-12-22. No. 5, season 1.
  8. ^ "BOB DYLAN". The Independent. 2007-04-17. pp. 2. Retrieved 2008-02-03.  
  9. ^ Lejtenyi, Patrick (2000-06). "Back from the Grave". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2007-12-29. "...and the Beatle boots..."  
  10. ^ Bone, Martyn. "The Rolling Stones". St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture. Retrieved 2008-02-01.  
  11. ^ "Warhol's foot fetish". The Daily Telegraph. 2007-11-19. pp. 2. Retrieved 2007-12-29.  
  12. ^ "Riff Raff: Costume List".  
  13. ^ "Monkeyman!". Hey Arnold!. 2000-03-03. No. 11, season 4.
  14. ^ Myers, Mike (1996-07-17). "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery script". "We start on a pair of BEATLE BOOTS..."  
  15. ^ "Treehouse of Horror X". The Simpsons. 1999-10-31. No. 4, season 11. Transcript.


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