This is a classic black leather cuban heel boot and you can imagine a rock and roll star strutting about in them in the 60s which is when they were born. History is steeped in men wearing heels. Persian men back as far as the 9th century were known to have ridden their trusty steeds going into battle. “The high heel was worn for centuries (by men) throughout the near east as a form of riding footwear” Elizabeth Semmelhack, Bata Shoe Museum Toronto. ” When the soldier stood up in his stirrups, the heel helped him to secure his stance so that he could shoot his bow and arrow more effectively”. Subsequent champions of the heeled boot for men were Louis X!V and many modern day dandies like Jagger, Warhol and Brand loved them. Apparently it was Napoleon who disliked heels for men and toned down the trend set by the French. A chelsea boot is defined by the elastic on the sides and this was invented by a chap called Goodyear in the US and Hancock in the UK. It also has a tab at the back to assist pulling on and off. Traditionally the toe is round which is where this black boot differs. It has a pointed toe and brogue detail to it. So when The Beatles saw the very cool chelsea boot around the Kings Road, they swiftly asked shoemakers Anello and Davide to make those boots but with a cuban heel. Those heels had their origins in Latin dance such as Flamenco. The crowds went wild for them and that included Joe, founder of Gucinari. He was in fact known as Ringo in the 60s by his customers and check him out here to see why. How cool does he look? Men these days can experiment much more than ever before so why not with their shoes? A funky pair of back cuban heel boots will give you an edgy look if paired with casuals like jeans. If you wore these with a sleek looking suit, you would look fine and dandy too. A bit modish. A lot cool.