Hessian Boot Definition - Definitions for the Clothing & Footwear Industry

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A Hessian boot is a man's high, tasseled boot introduced into England by Hessians in the 19th century.

  • Hessians were German soldiers who most notably served as auxiliaries to the British Army during the American Revolutionary War.

The boots had a low heel, and a semi-pointed toe that made them practical for mounted troops, as they allowed easy use of stirrups. They reached to the knee and had a decorative tassel at the top of each shaft, with a "v" notch in front.  The Hessian boot would evolve into the rubber work boots known as "wellies" and the cowboy boot.

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The above article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/hessian_boot).  1/7/06
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