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officers boots

Posted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 3:53 pm
by michaelb
Hey folks,

I'm looking for a pair of boots for a British officer during the great war,

Where would I go for a pair of size 12's

Re: officers boots

Posted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 10:17 pm
by Phil the Grips
No idea if these are correct for an officer but they do damn nice footwear and these are exactly the same as they were making for troops in WWI-
http://www.williamlennon.co.uk/footwear ... -boot.html

Re: officers boots

Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 2:42 am
by Lord Byron
Phil the Grips wrote:No idea if these are correct for an officer but they do damn nice footwear and these are exactly the same as they were making for troops in WWI-
http://www.williamlennon.co.uk/footwear ... -boot.html


Those are OR's boots (albeit the best made B5 available ever), so not really suitable for officer use. Lennons are quite flexible with how they make boots, so a couple of better options would be

http://www.williamlennon.co.uk/footwear ... -boot.html

with proper leather soles, maybe with hobnails, heel reinforcement, etc, or

http://www.williamlennon.co.uk/footwear ... -boot.html

with the detailing on the toecap omitted, and soles as above.

Re: officers boots

Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:10 am
by trooper_d
michaelb wrote:Hey folks,

I'm looking for a pair of boots for a British officer during the great war,

Where would I go for a pair of size 12's


This is a bit after my period but it got me interested. One of the advantages of an officer's kit is that, being private-purchase, there is a bit of leeway in what can be acquired - and, in any event, leather gaiters cover a multitude of sins :)

I googled 'great war officer's boots' and almost the first web page showed a photo of a pair of Lotus Veldtschoen, which the article claims were bought by officers.

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link: http://loomstate.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/lotus-veldtschoen-guaranteed-waterproof.html

Sadly, it appears Lotus stopped making them in the 1980s. However, googling 'Lotus Veldtschoen' produced a forum thread on the subject of Veldtschoen boots. It lists a number of versions still made, of which the most like the Lotus model is the Alfred Sargent Selkirk

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link: http://supertalk.superfuture.com/index.php/topic/13199-shoes-that-look-better-with-age/page-757

They can be bought here (and other places besides, I'm sure), but they're not cheap :(
http://www.tredders.com/alfred-sargent-veldtschoen-selkirk-dark-brown.html

Re: officers boots

Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:16 am
by Miss Costello
Are you looking for the long 'field' boots?

Kate

Re: officers boots

Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:56 am
by trooper_d
You might also find this a help (click for a full size image - note the cut of the boot in the top right of the image),

British Boots_0001.jpg
source: http://www.oldmagazinearticles.com/WW1_British_Officer_Boots

Re: officers boots

Posted: Sun Aug 24, 2014 5:13 pm
by michaelb
i'm looking for either the long ones or somewhere I can buy both the gaiters and boots to give that traditional look to the uniform. I also thought of cavalry riding boots but guess they'd be completely wrong?

Re: officers boots

Posted: Sun Oct 05, 2014 11:56 am
by Mark Griffin
These guys made the officers boots for War Horse and very good they are too.
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http://www.shoemaking.co.uk/index.html[/url]

£400 ish the pair, bargain.

Mounted soldiers wear a variety of footwear depending on rank and role so thats a bit of a subject to research. Once you get into fully enclosed boots that come to just below the knee there are several types although ther are some that are def not for cavalry use.

Re: officers boots

Posted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 6:03 pm
by Tym
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police still use the Srathconer boot. Our lad found his pair in a army surplus type shop in Canada while we were on holiday. Cost him about £100 they were brand new. Can try and find the shop if you want to try. With postage to Europe I don't think it would be to bad?

Re: officers boots

Posted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 7:37 pm
by Phil the Grips
Tym wrote: Cost him about £100 they were brand new.

To save wandering through the various "specialist" websites you'll stumble across while searching you can get them for $160 moosebucks here- http://www.prefair.ca/product.do?target ... e=1&page=1

Re: officers boots

Posted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 7:52 pm
by Mark Griffin
Bargain!

Re: officers boots

Posted: Sat Dec 27, 2014 2:53 pm
by spydde
HI, having spent a long time gathering photos of cavalry officers from the Great war, all I can say is
you have a great wide range
Original boots are available but beware that they all seem to have thin legs!!
I have pictures of officers wearing leather gaiters of many forms, puttees, and of course long brown boots
plain , field laced part way up, laced all the way up, and strapped (three normally)

brown field boots are available still but need some work as they often have composite soles and heels (the authenti police have a field day on these, although in fact they had been invented by then but were not in common use), however a quick trip to a half competent cobbler can shorten the boots to the correct length and sole and heel them in leather
total price for this to be done to my last pair was £200

the boots are all straight cut below the knee , modern boots always have an slight curve so they cover the outer knee.
being modern of course - they are bloody comfortable and no need to be broken in. but do need adjusting at the top to look period

I hope this helps

Re: officers boots

Posted: Thu Sep 10, 2015 10:10 pm
by Mark Griffin
Just returned to this post through idleness. Going to get me some of the above Strathcona boots so anyone wanting to jump in and share postage costs, just shout.