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Top 10 Beatle Boots

Updated on June 17, 2014

Ten 21st-century takes on famous Fab Four footwear

I've spent so much of my Squidoo time crafting pages about women's boots, a shoutout to my better half is long overdue.

From the authentic-looking Beatle boots he picked up at a vintage store years ago when we were first dating to his latest pair of modern, functional black boots, ankle-high leather footwear is perhaps his one guy fashion vice. I like to tease him sometimes about collecting these boots, but all it takes is one peak in my closet to see I haven't got a (wince) leg to stand on.

Here, as a non-sappy Valentine tribute to my guy (and, one year later, a celebration of the first time this fab footwear was seen in the U.S., as the Beatles stormed the Ed Sullivan show 50 years ago!), are ten cool Beatle boots for your browsing pleasure. Be a rock star in these, or just dress like one. May the look flourish for 50 more years & beyond!

(photo: badgreeb RECORDS via photopin cc ~ cropped for size & shape)

Florsheim Men's Duke Side Zip Dress Boot
Florsheim Men's Duke Side Zip Dress Boot

Wear these from work to rock show. But size up a bit, say reviewers.

 
stacy adams beatle boots
stacy adams beatle boots

Pointed toe, check. Cuban heel, check. A lot of authenticity here for not much money.

Giorgio Brutini Men's Pointed-Toe Dress Boot
Giorgio Brutini Men's Pointed-Toe Dress Boot

Another reasonably priced Beatle boot -- with a mildly pointed toe and about two inches of heel.

 

What are Beatle boots?

Shopping in London post Hamburg, the Beatles noticed an ankle boot that they thought would go well with their polished new matching-suit look. They commissioned and debuted Beatle boots in 1961, and the style took off from there--peaking in the '60s, reemerging in the late '70s with the punk movement, and roaring back in the 2010s.

The original Beatle boots were a riff on the Chelsea style British workman's boot. They fit snugly and featured a "Cuban heel." The toe was pointed--something modernizers have adjusted, to varying degrees. Another touch rarely seen today but present on the originals: an ankle-to-toe seam/stitch running along the center of the boot.

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Timberland Men's 88580 Mt. Washington City Chelsea Boot,Black,9.5 M
Timberland Men's 88580 Mt. Washington City Chelsea Boot,Black,9.5 M

As you'd expect from Timberland, these boots are water-resistant, with a nifty moisture-wicking lining.

 
Durango Men's Classis Down Low Western Boot
Durango Men's Classis Down Low Western Boot

The Beatles go country! (just a bit)

A subtle urban-cowboy look from a classic bootmaker.

 
Cole Haan Men's Lenox Hill Chelsea Boot
Cole Haan Men's Lenox Hill Chelsea Boot

Sadly, these CHs sell out fast, so sizes are limited as of May 2014.

 
Johnston & Murphy Men's Larsey Dress Boot,Black Italian Calfskin,12 M US
Johnston & Murphy Men's Larsey Dress Boot,Black Italian Calfskin,12 M US

Does gleaming Italian leather do a guy's heart as much good as it does our female hearts? Probably not, but if so .... this one would do it for me.

 

Who wore 'em?

Besides the Fab Four ... Roy Orbison The Kinks The Byrds Bob Dylan The Doors Iggy Pop & even those Beatles archrivals the Stones!

Bass G.H Co. Men's Amsterdam Ankle Boot,Black,10.5 M US
Bass G.H Co. Men's Amsterdam Ankle Boot,Black,10.5 M US

The venerable shoe label pushes its preppy envelope a bit with this sturdy ankle boot.

 
FRYE Men's James Chelsea Boot Black 7 M US
FRYE Men's James Chelsea Boot Black 7 M US

If "built to last" is among your personal criteria, I can recommend Fryes based on personal experience -- especially if you give them a couple coats of weatherproofing spray before wearing.

 

boot up to suit up?

Dress boots for men are a-ok to wear with suits, but some suits are better with them than others. Get their tips here.

Bed|Stu Men's Virgo 2 Chelsea Boot,Black Rustic,10 M US
Bed|Stu Men's Virgo 2 Chelsea Boot,Black Rustic,10 M US

A rustically hip take, this handcrafted style earns high marks for soft,l comfy leather straight out of the box.

 
Ted Baker London Beatle boots
Ted Baker London Beatle boots

You can't get much more London than Ted Baker, whose take on this style features a middle-of-the-road toe (not too pointy, not too round....the Goldilocks pick of Beatle boots ;)

Giorgio Brutini Men's 15548 Boot
Giorgio Brutini Men's 15548 Boot

A longtime searcher says these are the best (slightly) modernized Beatle boots he's seen, especially in this price range.

 

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    • adammuller003 lm profile image

      adammuller003 lm 

      4 years ago

      I own a few pairs of them. Florsheim is the brand I gravitate towards.

    • MJ Martin profile image

      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 

      4 years ago from Washington State

      I made a comment about their "stylish" 60's suits on a lens I am working on. Now this wonderful lens I would like to share about the boots. None of my siblings wanted to wear the suits, yet, oh yes, the boots, for sure! Great boot lens!

    • opatoday profile image

      opatoday 

      5 years ago

      This is so funny, when I was a kid all I ever wanted was a pair of Betle boots and I talked about it on my last lens

    • verymary profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary 

      5 years ago from Chicago area

      @Tom Maybrier: funny, I was just stalking those To Boot ones yesterday morning ... want to get them for my husband. thanks for stopping by!

    • Tom Maybrier profile image

      Tom Maybrier 

      5 years ago

      I've had a few pairs of Chelsea boots. Authenticity isn't terribly important to me but quality of materials and construction is. My choice among these would be the To Boot version. Great lens!

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