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.