*Fine – Vintage Army Issue, English Officer’s Full Dress Wellington Boots & SPURS: 46D (UK 11E) (US 12D)


  • English Army Officer’s  Dress Wellington Boot & Spurs
    Government Issue
    Euro 440

    The Wellington boot dates from the early 19th century and is based upon the 18th century Hessian boots.  It was popularized by Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington who instructed his shoemaker, Hoby of St. James’ Street, London, to modify the 18th century Hessian boot by removing the trim, cutting it more closely to the leg and ending it at mid-calf.  With a semi-pointed toe and low stacked heel, it was an ideal cavalry boot, durable and protective in battle and yet comfortable out of the saddle. The Wellington boot quickly became a standard officers boot for both uniform and evening dress, and soon became fashionable among the British aristocracy as well.

    This is an authentic English Army boot provided under contract to government specifications. There is no indication of the jobber but most likely, Sanders, whose boots are nearly identical. Please notice the hand-set nailing of the heels and the beautifully sculpted instep. This boot is made to the highest pre-war standard, a standard of hand-craftsmanship almost unattainable today. Finally, it would be fair to say this is an extremely rare item, especially in this larger size, suitable for the collector but eminently wearable for formal or casual dress, with or without spurs, an elegant design, handsome worn under or over trousers.


    Size Details:

    UK 11E.....US 12D.....Continental 46D, for the medium width foot. {With the correct insert from us, this boot can easily be made to fit a US 11.5D/E, continental 45D/E.

    Shoe Condition:

    Very light wear to bottoms; the original paper tags still present. Tops very fine too. Overall, a superb exampleof this classic boot. Later pair of spurs provided.

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