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Beatle Boots
7 February 2017
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I fancied getting myself some chelsea style boots and ended up with these and thought they were a bit Beatley. 

 

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I know they're not authentic Beatles boots and probably quite different but I was just wondering what is known about the boots the Beatles wore? I seem to remember seeing a picture of an old pair of George's once. It would be good to gather some info (I did scour the forum but couldn't find anything).

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7 February 2017
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Their boots were custom made by Anello & Davide, who still make them but only sell custom products, nothing "ready to wear."

 

http://www.handmadeshoes.co.uk/

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7 February 2017
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I know they have their own coffee mug. I bought one last year at The Beatles Story gift shop.

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7 February 2017
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The organizer in me just has to bring together posts about Beatle boots made elsewhere on the forum.

A close up of the boots in the Andy Edwards statue in Liverpool.
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Joe said https://www.beatlesbible.com/f.....ets/#p4655
Have a look at http://www.beatwear.co.uk/
I bought a pair from a Liverpool-based mail-order company back in the 90s – it may even have been the same people. They really didn't suit me – I'm 6' tall and with the Cuban heels and pointed toes it made me look like I was wearing high heels. I sent them back for a refund. a-hard-days-night-paul-7
I love some of the clothes that site sells. I could do with a new suit – perhaps I should buy the Chesterfield, as I've been looking for a decent 60s/mod suit for a while. The black Shea Stadium jacket is very cool too.

@Zig had the same experience with Beatle Boots. https://www.beatlesbible.com/f.....-7/#p28889 . Then Joe replied a few posts later, "Zig - I think Chelsea boots are the way forward. I had some saved in my Amazon basket but the price doubled before I got round to buying them. My brother in law's getting married this summer and I'm planning to get a proper early 60s mod suit for it, and some good boots." @Joe, did you ever get the Beatles Boots and an early 60s mod suit for the wedding?

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robert said https://www.beatlesbible.com/f.....ts/#p10055
I bought Beatle boots in 1966 and again in 1980. When I bought them in the 60's the salesman at the store called my mom at home to make sure I had permission to buy them - true story.

^ On that same page, toryst said, "I owned (and wore) Beatle boots. In 1983."

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https://www.beatlesbible.com/f.....-6/#p54376
Lyric from Frank Zappa's song Joe's Garage: "We got matching suits and Beatle boots."

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From part of a long story about George: https://www.beatlesbible.com/f.....ge/#p63342
Olivia went inside; Leslie was setting up her camera again. I said to George, “I can’t get over how small you are! I thought you’d be really tall.” He said that it was those Beatle boots with the high Cuban heels that did it. He said he was only 5 foot 9 or 10; he bent down to my size, then stood up again and said, “I’m not that much taller than you.” I said, “I know!” I really loved it when he did that, he was so cute!

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@Evangeline asked people to choose between Beatle Boots and the suits with the cut off collar. https://www.beatlesbible.com/f.....1/#p227148 @WeepingAtlasCedars chose Beatle Boots.

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8 February 2017
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I just found this pic which I think is a pair of George's that were auctioned.

 

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They look more like motorcycle boots. Were they always that high?

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8 February 2017
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There are several different types of Beatle Boots, @Leppo. 

What are generally identified as the Beatle Boots are the ones made by Anello & Davide (as said above).

Part of the reason is the Robert Freeman photograph featured on the mug @Ahhh Girl bought last year (I got a whole lot of mugs but seem to have missed that one).

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These are their standard "work" boots from around 1963. They were not, as claimed on the website, designed exclusively for The Beatles by the company. Any design that went into was by one or all of The Beatles.

They were already wearing Chelsea Boots when they visited Anello & Davide in Drury Lane on Brian's recommendation (which says something about Brian, that one of his first missions in London was to find good bespoke tailors and shoemakers!). They liked their version of the Chelsea Boot, but they liked the Cuban heel on their Flamenco Boot. The Beatles asked if they could have four of the Chelsea Boots but with the Cuban heel from the Flamenco Boot. And could they have more pointed toes.

The one major "design" element the company added without it being requested was the centre seam, but this was almost dictated by the extended toe.

The pair of boots in your picture, Leppo, are a variation of the Anello & Davide Beatle Boot.

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8 February 2017
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Thanks @Ron Nasty . Interesting stuff. I wonder if their feet hurt as much as mine are at the moment.

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