We’ve seen recently that every stylish woman only needs five boot styles in her closet come fall—but there’s one boot that reigns supreme above them all when it comes to cool-girl status. Enter: the Chelsea.
Beloved by badass ladies from Alexa Chung to Rihanna to Cara Delevingne, the Chelsea boot is special because it gives off a message in a way that most other boots don’t—their incredibly sturdy silhouette, combined with their utilitarian build, lets everyone know that you’re way too cool to be fussy about your footwear. Oh, and there’s this little piece of trivia: They were originally patented in 1851 by Queen Victoria’s shoemaker J. Sparkes-Hall, who once said, “[Queen Victoria] walks in them daily and thus gives the strongest proof of the value she attaches to the invention.”
If they’re good enough for Queen Victoria, they’ll definitely work for us. Scroll down to shop 22 pairs of the rock star-inspired boots now!