Is there any consensus on the history of the Chelsea boot? I ask because I had always assumed it came from, well, Chelsea, but today I received the latest Ludwig Reiter catalog and on the first noncover page of the yellow (history of the firm) book there's an image that looks just like a Chelsea boot. Written over the vamp is "the original military boot in the parade uniform of the imperial officer corps." Well, not those exact words, but their German equivalents*. Does island use of this boot predate central European use, or vice versa? *I translated "Ausgeh-Uniform" as "parade uniform", though that might be wrong. I'm much more comfortable with my use of "imperial" for "k.u.k.", though a stickler might want it literal.