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Federal Issue Brogans (Sewn Sole), by N.J. Sekela Size 8
Federal Issue Brogans (Sewn Sole), by N.J. Sekela Size 8

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Product Code: SEKELA-064

Federal Issue Brogans (Sewn Sole) by N.J. Sekela Size 8

In an effort to provide great quality gear at an extremely reasonable price, The Regimental Quartermaster and Nick Sekela have been working to provide just this to all of our customers. The result are these exquisite US Brogans, or "Jefferson" Bootees made by NJ Sekela featuring a slit sewn sole and polished rough-out body. These brogans fill the vacuum of Federally-issued boots as almost 95% of the boots/brogans made during the American Civil War were sewn, and wooden pegged boots were accepted but deemed 'substandard'.

The Army used the term "Jefferson". The reason goes back to Thomas Jefferson:

During the French Revolution, large, fancy shoe buckles were considered the mark of the Aristocrats. Shortly, wearing any shoe buckles at all could cause your head to leave your body. Shoe buckles quickly went out of style in France.

In the United States, Thomas Jefferson was a strong supporter of the French Revolution so, at his inauguration in 1801 he wore laced-up shoes.. This set a fashion. All laced shoes soon were called "Jefferson Shoes." The term "Jefferson" continued to mean laced shoes until the early twentieth century. "Bootee" is a diminutive of "Boot" and signifies a short boot. "Brogan" is derived from "Brogue", an English term for a rugged shoe that almost covered the ankle as opposed to a shoe which was lower and a boot which was higher.

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 3 Write a review.

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Great Brogans, Affordable Price November 12, 2015
Reviewer: Kyle Sabol  
I recently purchased this pair of brogans, and they are the best investment of my reenacting kit.  The leather is supple, comfortable and durable.  You will have to wipe them down pretty well or else you'll get black dye on your trousers, and change out the laces (they are like modern laces).  Other than that, well worth the money.  For a few dollars more than the $80-110 brogans, you get great quality, and a truer fit.  Best piece of advice for anyone in the infantry is to take care of your feet, and with these brogans you'll do just that!

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Great Brogans! November 12, 2015
Reviewer: Cody Mobley  
I received my pair of N.J. Sekela's 1851 bootees (economy model) from Regimental Quartermaster. I'll be wearing them in a few weeks at the event here near McKavett and will give a full review, but right now I can say aesthetically you won't find a better shoe for the price (130+ shipping currently). The weight of leather is good, not too heavy as with other repro and the sole is stitched on using a blind channel which is then hammered closed so the sole stitches are protected from wear. They are waxed flesh per the originals as well. The laces will need to be replaced and the heel needs some additional nails added (but that's to be expected in an economy model) both are easy fixes.

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Excellent November 12, 2015
Reviewer: Anonymous Person  
Recently purchased a pair of these incredibly well made brogans at the Regimental Quartermaster. Nothing beats trying new brogans on with the socks you normally wear. I was stunned to actually find a pair that fit my wide size and high arch. The quality and flexibility of the leather tops allowed for a rapid and painless break in period. Like many of us I have tried on dozens of brogans in various sutler tents over the years while searching for just the "right" pair of brogans, with no luck at all. Finally I feel that I hit the jackpot with these babies. These are a huge upgrade for me and worth every penny spent. Holding them in your hands and eyeballing them for quality is one thing,. but putting them on and walking around in them is another. That test walk really seals the deal. These are not the cheap blister makers that so many of us have settled for and suffered with over the years. Why I waited so damn long to upgrade is beyond me!

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