A pair of "Wellington Boots"

Black Calfskin Knee high Boots

A-pair-of-Wellington-boots, Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 UK Walmer Castle

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  • Intro
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    Teacher notes
    • Have you ever wondered why your wellies are called wellingtons? Well here are the original boots, designed by…the Duke of Wellington. They combined a military and civilian look so they were comfortable for fighting in but you could also clean them up to wear in the evening! Many men wanted to copy their hero and the boots became a fashion item.

      Things to think about:
      • Do you think Wellington was a good designer- would you wear his boots today?
      • Can you think of other military clothing which has become popular to wear on the street? 
      • Have a look around your home, do a little research and discover more early 19th century inventions!
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