First appearing in the 1960s, Chelsea boots featured a slim, ankle-high top with a wedge block heel. The boot returned heels to the fashion of men’s boots, which were last seen in the 19th century.
The boot was a simple pull-on style, with a slightly pointed toe and a central seam that ran up the middle of the boot from toe to ankle.
The Cuban heel was borrowed from the South American gaucho cowboys, but when it was placed upon the dainty upper, the boot was streamlined as opposed to clunky.
The Cuban heel gave added height, but more importantly, it gave a flash of style, unlike any other shoes or boots.