John Lennon's Beatle Boot

early 1960s

Bata Shoe Museum Toronto

Bata Shoe Museum Toronto

When the Beatles became popular in the early 1960s, they stood at the forefront of the Peacock Revolution, a movement in men’s fashion which sought to reclaim the privilege of extravagant dress. Their signature look included ‘mop-top’ hair, tight fitting suits, and the now famous ‘Beatle boot.’ These boots were typical Chelsea boots popular in men’s fashion since the 19th century with the exception that they featured a significantly higher heel borrowed from male flamenco dancers. This boot was worn by John Lennon.

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  • Title: John Lennon's Beatle Boot
  • Date Created: early 1960s
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 28.0 cm Width: 9.0 cm Height: 18.0 cm
  • Photographer: Shannon Linde and Hayley Mills
  • Rights: Copyright © 2017 Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada (photo: Shannon Linde and Hayley Mills)
  • External Link: http://www.batashoemuseum.ca/
  • Medium: leather, cotton, elastic, wood, rubber, metal
  • Bbibliographic references: Semmelhack, Elizabeth. Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels. Toronto: Bata Shoe Museum Foundation, 2015