Edited by Jessica Lapidos on
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.
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.
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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