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Information about the Wellington Boot, history and style

Wellingtons Save France

The design and subsequent sale of the first Wellington boots dated back to 1810 and were made popular by the famous Arthur Wellsley, first crown duke of the Wellington House. Wellington had attained great fame and notoriety following his routing of Napoleon's army at the battleground of Waterloo, and his use of the boots became widely known. The Wellington style of boot was a plain and simple boot that came in the colors of black or occasionally brown leather. These boots were generally marked by their design, featuring side seams, square or sometimes gently round toes, one inch stacked straight heels, and leather  straps. The pull on straps were the standard feature of boots in that time period, as they were helpful in pulling the boots on and off.

The Wellington style boots very quickly caught started and catch on with all the patriotic British men want it to emulate the war hero who had defeated the seemingly unstoppable Napoleon at Waterloo. Considered fashionable in the social circles of high society and worn by many famous dandies, they remained high fashion for British men through the length of the the late 1840s.  By the time the 1850s rolled around they were generally more commonly seen designed in the style of the calf high more comfortable version and in the 1860s they were rarely seen in any other form than the popular ankle boot, with the exception of other types of boots for the occasion of riding.

The Wellington boots, like most boots of the day, were at first made simply of leather. But in 1852, Hiram Hutchinson finally met the famous Charles Goodyear, the man who had recently invented the amazing vulcanization process required for the use of naturally produced rubber. While poor Goodyear intended to manufacture automobile tires, Hutchinson purchased the available patent to produce footwear and relocated to France to build A l'Aigle in the year of 1853. A l'Aigle meant To an Eagle, meant to honor his home land. The operation today is just called AIGLE or Eagle. Naturally, in a nation where most of the population had no choice but to work the fields with only poorly made wooden clogs, which provided little in the way of protection for the feet, as farmers had generally been doing for centuries, the advent of the new Wellington rubber boots became an instant and overwhelming success with farmers, who were happy to finally be able to return to their homes with their feet amazingly dry and free of debris and it.

Wellington boots were built to be waterproof, for protection from the elements and are generally made from either rubber or some type of synthetic rubber compound. The boots are generally worn when standing or trodding on wet and muddy earth, or to help protect the user from heavy storms or extreme showers. They are usually tied just below the bottom of the knee and come in assorted varieties, styles and colors.