The Revere boot is built upon a squarish antique last. It has a rounded shank that fits a stirrup well. The shank is held in place by pegs but the rest of the sole is lock-stitched. The Revere boot has a steam-molded front piece and a full calfskin lining. The exterior is polished black calfskin.
We placed two sturdy pull tabs inside each boot. If you do not have boot hooks, It’s easy enough to carry a couple of leather laces in your pocket. Run a leather lace or sturdy cord through each tab and use them to pull the boot upward.
Paul Revere’s boot has a natural color cuff of heavy, supple glove leather. When the boot comes off the bench, the cuff is turned all the way down. There is plenty of leather cuff for you to easily roll up the cuff to whatever height you desire.
The object is to avoid any gap below your breeches or any show of breeches cuff or stocking. The functional cuff also may be turned up to protect a rider’s knees and prevent the entrance of rainwater, etc.
“By 1727 the riding bootleg had become softer and closer-fitting……(the) jockey in close-fitting boots with brown tops…..the top was turned down below the knee for greater mobility, showing the brown lining. It was soon adapted for fashionable wear. .. … These are the boots with brown top featured in caricatures of John Bull, ……The top boots were worn by Thomas Jefferson, now in the Smithsonian are of this type. Quotes from June Swann’s “Shoes” ISBN 0 7134 09428
Full and half sizes 5EE to 15EE. Ladies should take 1 1/2 size smaller.