Beatle Boots

The Beatles trying on boots at Anello & Davide, Charing Cross, London, c. 1963

The Beatles trying on boots at Anello & Davide, Charing Cross, London, c. 1963

A few weeks ago I blogged about how in the months leading up to the release of the first Beatle’s album the Fab Four were restyled into Mods by Douglas Millings. I didn’t mention that ¬†their shiny wool collarless suits were paired with high-heeled blunt-pointed-toe boots that became known as ‘Beatle’ boots. The style was created in late 1962 by the London theatrical-shoemaker¬†Anello & Davide. When the Beatles ordered their ankle-high boots with elastic inserts, Paul McCartney and John Lennon requested tall Cuban heels instead of lower stacked heels. When the popularity of the Beatles took off in 1963, the boot style was copied by manufacturers, but lower heels sold better than tall Cuban heels to all but the most die-hard Mods.

Beatle boots, c. 1962-1963 coming up for auction at Kerry Taylor auctions, London

Beatle boots, c. 1962-1963 coming up for auction at Kerry Taylor auctions, London

This pair, which is available at the upcoming Kerry Taylor Auction, has all the bells and whistles of the original Beatle boot style. The original owner of these boots saw the Beatles perform at the Smethwick Baths in the West Midlands on 19th November 1962. After the show he was told by Paul McCartney where the boots had been made and promptly ordered an identical pair from Anello & Davide. This original version with the high heels that closely resemble a pair of cowboy boots when worn under pants, are very scarce.

7 thoughts on “Beatle Boots

      • The pair I have in my collection are the low-heeled version. Other than that, they look exactly the same…

    • You’re right! Never looked that closely before and the caption said it was the Beatles, so I didn’t check.

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