Model 1859 Low "Infantry" Boots by Fugawee
These fine boots are made to Fugawees specifications by one of the few bootmakers
in the world that still produces antique molded front piece. I don't think that any other two-piece CW boot made in America
has the accurate molded shape. Without it, the boots tend to
wrinkle in the front and cause blisters on the instep
Fugawee sent the master boot maker an actual,
unworn original model 1859 Ankle Boot made in 1865. In that year
it was placed on a mannequin of the Drummer Boy of Shiloh and so was preserved
in a museum exhibit until 1968. The master boot maker copied it exactly. Look
at the original on the right in the picture and the Fugawee model on the
The leather in the Fugawee boots is a semi-rough
cowhide especially selected by the master boot maker after studying our
original boot. The finish will take a shine after a few polishings
or it will take Lexol for a "field-worn" look. The boot
is lined with calfskin from top to toe. It has a sewn sole with a roundish
shank pegged into place, the only place where pegs are used. This boot has
a comfortable square toe, a tight-gripping heel and bedroom slipper comfort.
This boot covers an amazing time period.
It is ideal for many impressions from just after 1800 through 1900
and beyond. It is suitable for reunions of the Grand Army
of the Republic, the 1800s miner, teamster, cattleman, farmer, Indian
Wars, Cowboy Shootist, etc.
Fugawee's reproduction next to the original that was on display in a museum near the Shiloh Battlefield