Why Chelsea boots will get you a date

Clothes really do make the man, so we felt it our duty to compile a list of dapper items that have a track record of attracting the ladies.

Did somebody order a tall glass of mojo? Oh yeah.

Chelsea boots

Starting with sophistication and industry in equal measure, we have the duke of footwear: Chelsea boots. Rugged enough to serve as a working shoe and refined enough to wear with a suit, the Chelsea boot is sex on … well, feet. Created by the Victorians, the Chelsea boot is distinguished by its elastic siding, which allows easy removal if the occasion so demands. Oh, Matron.

The Trilby

At the other end of things, we have the film star of the hat world, the undisputed king of cool: the Trilby. Immortalized by Sinatra and Connery this hat has the ability to magically transform its wearer into a seriously cool cat. Been around since 1896 and more popular than ever, we take our hats off and salute the Trilby effect.

Gangsta Suit

With Chelsea boots and a Trilby you’re already shopping smart at the single’s market, but, if you want to go a few steps further into the mojo lounge then the tailored men’s suit is just the ticket. It don’t matter what you’re about or where you’re at, if you’re wearing a fitted two-piece, you’d da man, baby. From mobsters to crooners to candlestick-makers, if it’s smart and it fits you, the ladies are listening.

007 bow tie

For that extra touch of class and sophistication, you can’t beat the refined and bold presence of a bow tie, or if you’re a bit too common to be Bond then a carefully considered silk tie will bring out the colour of your eyes.

Badass leather jacket

For over 50 years, the leather jacket has been the icon of the rugged, the rebellious and the downright cool. Think Fonzie’s libido. Think the Terminator’s RPG. Oh yeah. The leather jacket is an icon of excessive masculinity and if you’re wearing a trilby and Chelsea boots too, then you’re either Boris Yeltsin or just too damned sexy for words.

And now for something that has the opposite effect…

You might think wearing a woolly jumper with snazzy design on a night out is a great idea. It isn’t. You might think women everywhere will find it impossible to resist stroking your thick hairy mane of cashmere. They won’t. Sorry.

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From Queen Victoria to Darth Vader – a concise history of Chelsea boots

The classic Chelsea boots design

Chelsea boots have long been a staple part of many a man’s wardrobe. Perfect for both casual and formal wear, the popular ankle-high boots have become synonymous with comfort, durability and timeless style.

But did you know the Chelsea boot has a rich history that dates as far back as Victorian times? They were also the footwear of choice for England’s longest serving monarch, the most famous music act of all time and Imperial Stormtroopers from the original Star Wars trilogy.



Origins

Queen Victoria - the first owner of Chelsea boots

J. Sparkes-Hall, bootmaker to Queen Victoria back in 1837 is credited with inventing what we now know as the Chelsea boot. The development of vulcanized rubber gave him the idea to produce an elastic sided boot that could be slipped in and out of with minimal effort.

In the patent Sparkes-Hall filed for his creation in 1851, he claimed ‘She (Queen Victoria) walks in them daily and thus gives the strongest proof of the value she attaches to the invention’.

The trend for elastic sided boots caught on, originally as footwear for riding horses but becoming an outright fashion trend by the late 1840s, right up to the onset of the First World War in 1914.



Mod culture

The Beatles loved Chelsea boots

The Beatles loved Chelsea boots

During the 1960s, young people in Britain had more money than ever and fashion very much came to the fore. Image-conscious youths (known as Mods) strolled around in tailored suits, drove customised scooters and wore only the most fashionable shoes with Chelsea boots being the footwear of choice.

Although it’s impossible to pinpoint exactly why Chelsea boots were seen as the height of Mod fashion, it’s thought that influences from French and Italian culture played a big part combined with the then-popular American greaser look, synonymous with leather-clad bikers.

Of course it also helped that quite a well known rock & roll band of the time called The Beatles were often pictured sporting the boots.

Star Wars

Walk on the darkside with white Chelsea boots

With their classically-manufactured look, the last thing you’d associate with Chelsea boots is the most famous science fiction franchise of all time, but believe it or not they featured prominently in George Lucas’s multi-billion pound Star Wars trilogy.

The boots can be seen in all three original films, worn by the stormtroopers of Darth Vader’s Empire. However, the black boots had to be stained white to fit the futuristic costume.





Chelsea boots today

Ideal for work and play

In modern times, Chelsea boots remain incredibly popular, offering excellent value due to their cleverly constructed design, which keeps them looking and feeling better for longer.

Samuel Windsor have an excellent collection of Chelsea boots, so make sure you visit our online store to view the complete range.

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7 terrible men’s suits made awesome by the characters that wore them

Anyone can look well-coiffed in a suit, but it takes a man of considerable talent and fortitude to pull off an orange tuxedo, a banana yellow trilby or a purple velour blazer. To these fashion giants of the silver screen, we salute you. Here’s a selection of infamous men’s suits from film history.

Dumb & Dumber

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels as Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne

Like it or not, Harry and Lloyd were badass. They sold a headless parakeet to a blind child, offed a trained assassin and drove from Rhode Island to Aspen in a giant dog. They then blew a million bucks on a Ferrari, a royal suite and two incredibly offensive suits, yet still managed to look undeniably cool.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka

Having been holed up inside a factory for the best part of twenty years with only orange midgets for company, it came as little surprise that Willy Wonka’s taste in fashion was a little on the eccentric side. But if anyone can rock the brown top hat look, it’s this guy. He bathes in a fountain of chocolate, transforms obnoxious brats into giant blueberries and commands an army of dwarfs. Certified awesome.

The Mask

Jim Carey as 'The Mask'

As if Jim Carey wasn’t already cracked in the head, we now know that when he slips on a mysterious wooden mask, he actually transforms into a horny, green-faced goon with cartoon-character-like capabilities. Watching him rock out at the Coco Bongo club was made all the more pleasurable by his outrageous banana yellow zoot suit. Somebody stop me!

Beetlejuice

Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice

Say his name three times and enter into a world of awesomeness. Sure, his stripey ill-fitted suit looks more like a grubby pair of old pyjamas, but this Bio-exorcist can turn his tie into a friggin’ snake for crying out loud. We can only dream of being this cool when we’re dead.

The Fifth Element

Gary Oldamn as Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg

Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg took office fashion to new levels in the Fifth Element. Even in the distant future, teaming a black pinstripe coat with a green shirt seems like an obvious no-no. Yet somehow, this peddler of death and wanton destruction comes out smelling of awesome. All hail Zorg.

Anchorman

Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy

Very few men would have the balls to team a thick moustache with a fitted claret blazer, but then again, very few men are Ron Burgundy. To quote:

‘I don’t know how to put this but I’m kind of a big deal. I’m very important. I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany.’

You get the point. Awesome.

Batman: The Dark Knight

Heath Ledger as 'The Joker'

If you’ve got green hair, a white face and step-out in a questionable purple tailcoat, you’ve got to be either a serious-badass or clinically insane. Heath Ledger’s terrifyingly demented Joker was both, and then some. He killed a man with a pencil, blew up a hospital and fire-bombed Gotham City. Jeez, no wonder he was the only one smiling!

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