*NEW – Vintage 1937 English Officer’s Full Dress Wellington Boots: 41D (UK 7E)
Size: 41-41.5 [US.8-8.5] [UK 7-7.5]
Styles: Boots/Stiefel, Collectors Shoes/Object d'Art, Militaria
English Army Officer’s Dress Wellington Boot
Government Issue, Dated 1937
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.
Please notice the steel-reinforced horse-shoe 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, all the more rare for being in new, unworn condition, something 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 7E.....US 8D.....Continental 41D, for the medium width foot.
New, never worn.