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Cavalry Boots
Cavalry Boots

Our Price: $199.50

Product Code: FOOTWEAR-2

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Cavalry Boots

Standard cavalry issue during the American Civil War was the Wellington Boot. In 1815 Arthur Wellsley, First Duke of Wellington, defeated Napoleon at Waterloo. The popular victor became a national icon and both men and women emulated his style of footwear. The modern Wellington had a low cut heel and the shaft was calf high (about 12" to 14") and not thigh high. This made them easier to mass produce. These boots became known as "cavalry boots" and were often made of hard, black leather called kip. Bootmakers based their designs on Northern European riding boots. The most popular was the Coffeyville Boot from Coffeyville, Kansas. It combined the various US Cavalry styles and the original British leather Wellington boot.

Boots worn by Civil War officers were provided by private sutlers (a trader who sold drink and provisions to the troops). Officer's boots were not standard government issue. Furthermore, boots were made upon straight lasts, meaning that there was no left or right boot. Although right and left boots were introduced after the Civil War they were unpopular and it would be another 50 years before the American public would accept them.

However, our high-quality boots are made for left and right feet of fine natural heavy leather dyed black and available in most sizes. Heel plates can be installed for $7.95. Made in Mexico

Unidentified Cavalry Officer.

Light Artillery Officer wearing Cavalry Boots.

General Robert E. Lee and his Warhorse Traveler.

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 1 Write a review.

  3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Cavalry Boots May 10, 2013
Reviewer: Scott Thompson from Rochester, NY United States  
WOW! These boots are everything they state in the advertizement and then some....They are made of high quality, thick, supple leather. The boot shaft in front comes up just below my knee. They are so comfortable it feels like I am wearing slippers. The workmanship is second to none. They are true to size as well. Usually when you order something you have to worry about it running too tight or too loose. Not these they were dead on. These boots are a charished addition to my kit. When all the other vendors were either out of them or could not meet there production schedule to meet my needs 6 weeks down the road.....The Regimental Quartermaster was able to produce me with a pair of boots in half size.... and on my doorstep the following day. I would highly recommend these boots to everyone. The staff was also extremely curtious when dealing with me over the phone.

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