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.


  • 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

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