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Monticello Southern Brogan

  • Natural Rough
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Product Description

Left and Right Last, an all-leather shoe appropriate for the time period 1820-1900.

The Monticello Southern Brogans are available only rough-out. The leather is staked until pliable before cutting out the pieces for the uppers. This is the reason that this shoe doesn't need double socks to protect against blisters, as well as soaking in order to break them in.

Please note that the E width is more like a standard D. Be sure to allow plenty of room if you wear heavy socks. We suggest that you take a half size larger for toe room, as these do not have a modern toe box. The modern toe box did not come into use until after 1864.

This brogan is the prominent style of military footwear for the soldiers of the South during the Civil War. The Monticello Southern Brogan is appropriate as a work shoe from the early 1800's through remainder of the 19th century when the Balmoral boot was gaining popularity. It is built on the same lasts as the Federal Contract Brogan, with five lace holes and a pull tab on the back of the boot. The Monticello is patterned after the shoes shown on a Gettysburg statue of Civil War Confederate soldiers around a mounted Gen. Robert E. Lee. The Monticello or Civil War Southern shoe is the closest thing to a ready-made 1800's work shoe that you will find. Shoes like these were packed 100 pairs to the barrel and shipped from Boston to St Louis and on to Taos; they were sold to the Mississippi river boatmen; and went on to the Western frontier and any seaport that the US traded with. This type of shoe was worn by the Yankee seamen who, in the 1820s, rounded Cape Horn to load cattle hides in the tiny Spanish port of La Reyna de Los Angeles. The hides went back to Boston, where they were made into more shoes.

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