The Short Boot covers an amazing time period. This boot was copied from an original issue boot made in 1861 and kept on a mannequin in a museum. Being made of two pieces, the Short Boot can date back prior to 1861. 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. It is even being used for WWI German and Austrian impressions. Boots of this type have been advertised in mail order catalogues printed in the 1890s, showing a wide assortment of prices and qualities.
The leather in this boot is a semi-rough cowhide especially selected by the master boot maker after studying the original boot. The finish will take a shine after a few polishes 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 lip at the front of the boot is used to keep your trousers up and out of the muck. This boot has a comfortable square toe, a tight-gripping heel and bedroom slipper comfort.