Here’s how the Wellington boot got its name

The Wellington boot was originally a type of leather boot adapted from Hessian boots. They were worn and popularised by Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. He instructed his shoemaker to modify the 18th-century Hessian boot. The resulting new boot was fabricated in soft calfskin leather, had the trim removed and was cut to fit more closely around the leg. The heels were low cut, stacked around an inch, and the boot stopped at mid-calf. It was suitably hard-wearing for riding, yet smart enough for informal evening wear

The “Wellington” boot became a staple of practical foot wear for the British aristocracy and middle class in the early 19th century. The name was subsequently given to waterproof boots made of rubber and they are no longer associated with a particular class. They are now commonly used for a range of agricultural and outdoors pursuits

Wellington boots are a commonly used form of waterproof footwear in the UK, and usually referred to as “Wellies”. Wellington boots are particularly popular for small children when they want to jump in puddles, which is an activity encouraged by the popular children’s TV character

Google Doodle is celebrating Wellington boots on the anniversary of the rainiest day in the history of the UK (Over the course of 24 hours on this day in 2015, an area of Cumbria, England)

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