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Half Boot

  • Black Rough
  • Natural Rough
  • Captain John Harleston Portrait
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Product Description

Right and Left Last, an all-leather boot appropriate for the time period 1750-1860. 

We suggest ordering a half size larger than your normal shoe size.

There are several names for the this boot; Half Boots, Bootees, Hi-Lo's and Jeffersons (all laced shoes were called Jeffersons up until the 1880's). The Half Boot was seen in paintings of English sporting scenes in the mid-1700's, and was firmly established in the new Republic before the Revolution.

In "Shoes" (1982), June Swann, former Keeper of the Shoe Collection at Northampton Museum, states: There were also half boots from the 1750s, cut a little higher than modern ankle boots, which descend from them, and worn for shooting and by the military. St James Chronicle, 1763, comments on 'tradesmen who ape their betters. . .breeches almost met by a pair of shoes that reached about three and a quarter inches above the ankles.' They were typical wear for both sides during the American War of Independence (see Peale's portrait of Captain John Harleston of Chicago, 1776).

From Changes in the Uniform of the Army: 1774-1895 by Capt. Oscar F. Long, A. Q. M., U.S. A. (published 1895), speaking in regards to the 1821 regulations: Bootees were worn by the enlisted men of all corps, "under the pantaloons, laced, extending four inches above the ankle joint."

Capt. Long, in the same publication, references the fact that the 1851 regulations prescribed rights and lefts for Ankle or Jefferson Boots.

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