The Chelsea boot we now recognize may have come to prominence in the '60s, but the style was originally made in the Victorian era. Shoemaker to Queen Victoria, J. Sparkes-Hall, claimed ownership of the initial design and named them the "J. Sparkes-Hall Patent Elastic Ankle Boot." His patent included a rounded toe, ankle height, low heel and — most importantly — the vamp and quarters held together by a strip of (initially rubber) elastic, negating the need for laces or buckles.