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Edited by on June 27 2011 at 4:57 PM

Do you want to know a secret? Beatle boots are actually called winklepickers. And this oddly named ankle-high pointy-toed boot of the early 60′s Liverpool is seeing a resurgence from designers like Alexander Wang, Guiseppe Zanotti and more of our favorites. Their mod minimal quality reached rocker status when The Beatles adopted them as their official shoe of choice. I’ve got a feeling we’ll be seeing these on our fab feet.

4 Fab Beatle Boots

4 Fab Beatle Boots

The Beatles started wearing them in their Cavern Club nights, aka that hole in the wall in Liverpool, where John, Paul, George and (eventually) Ringo would literally drive the kids into a frenzy. The Fab Four meticulously honed their look. When they hired Ringo in ’62, it was under the condition that he too brush his hair forward into a mop top. Soon, that hairdo, the Nehru jacket and the winklepicker, renamed the Beatle Boot, became just about as internationally crazed as the boys themselves. Stores across the world went wild making and stocking the Beatle Boot, and Andy Warhol even immortalized the advertisements in a work of art.

4 Fab Beatle Boots

[Clockwise from the top]

Snaz it up in silver snakeskin. Guiseppe Zanotti

With a toe dipped in patent leather, this ain’t no old brown shoe. Alexander Wang

In betwixt side buckles are cutouts for a summertime winklepicker. Opening Ceremony

Solid black like The Beatles like ‘em. Alexander Wang


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Story by Jessica Lapidos

I impart my daily love of light layering, thick-as-thieves platforms and undiscovered fashionable gems. I love to turn a phrase, and in truth I'm a designer at werq.

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