The journey of the Hessian boot to the cowboy boot of the wild west was helped along by England’s Duke of Welllington, Arthur Wellesley, who took the original Hessian style of boot and had the design altered for his own use towards the middle of the 1800’s. His version of the boot, which came to be termed the Wellington, had a shorter shaft cut to mid-calf and was more closely fitted than the Hessian original. This boot quickly became popular with his compatriots and eventually made its way to the United States where it was widely worn among soldiers in the Civil War and then by those involved in the expansion of the western frontier: the cowboys of the American imagination.
The cowboy boot, an evolution of the Wellington (which also later would be more firmly associated with the rubber material version rather than the original leather version), was distinct for its ornamentation and slight variation on the Wellington style; they originally did not have as pointed a toe as the Wellington and some alternatives had the cut of the shaft higher at the front or decorated with inlaid ornamentation. By the 1950’s, the cowboy boot was popularized to an extraordinary extent by the film industry. Hollywood proliferated the image of the heroic cowboy and the fashion for cowboy boots was no longer confined to the great wide open frontiers or the rural lifestyle but became tokens of independent spirit for the urban style-setter as well.
|The Old West Store offers products of interest to the reenactor and collector of Old West replicas and Wild West gifts. We offer authentically reproduced Old West clothing including but not limited to: Western Gambler Shirts, Old West Range Pants, Old West Trousers or Duckins, Old West Lawman Vests (Waistcoats), Old West Frock Coats, Old West Suspenders, Old West String Ties, replica rifles, replica revolvers and more. Visit our store for your reenactment, film or stage requirements today.||
Tags: 18th century fashion, 19th century fashion, American West fashion, Arthur Wellesley, Civil War Boots, Civil War Reenactment Cavalry Boots, Civil War Reenactment Infantry Boots, Civil War Reenactment Officer Boots, Duke of Wellington, heroic cowboy, Hessian Boot history, Hessian style boot, History of the Cowboy boot, Old West, Old West clothing, old west fashion, Old West Frock Coats, Old West Lawman Vests (Waistcoats), Old West Range Pants, Old West replicas, Old West Shotgun Reenactment Boots, Old West Store, Old West String Ties, Old West Suspenders, Old West Trousers or Duckins, replica revolvers, replica rifles, Western Gambler Shirts, Wild West gifts