Good day to you all out there from us here at Meditravelist, Istanbul, Turkey. Today, we will talk about the history of Wellington boots, which we can’t pass without mentioning, in a period when rainfall is the most intense in UK.
Today, Google Doodle also celebrates Wellington boots or “wellies” on the anniversary of Britain’s rainiest day.
When you click on the Google title today, you see the red and yellow o letters of the logo wearing green and blue wellington boots in the puddle.
Where do wellies or the popularity of Wellington boots come from?
Wellington Boats were popularized by Arthur Wellesley, First Duke of Wellington in the early 1800s. In fact, this Hessian leather boot, which the Duke of Wellington asked the London shoemaker to modify for himself, became the standard cavalry shoes, but became popular among civilians over time. The main modifications that the Duke of Wellington asked from his shoemaker were to make the boot made of calfskin leather bright and waterproof using wax.
After the Battle of Vittoria in 1813, Wellington’s reputation inspired other people to wear such boots, and the boots produced became known as “Wellingtons”.
In 1856, the North British Rubber Company, localized in Edinburgh, began to produce the first Wellington-style boots made of England’s first vulcanized rubber.
After the death of the Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley, the Wellington boots began to lose their reputation. However, during the first world war between 1914-1918, it became popular for millions of people. Again, during the Second World War between 1939-1945, they became popular with their intensive production.
Modern popularity gained in 1956 with the introduction of the original green wellington boat, manufactured by Hunter Boot Limited Company. Later on, it took its place on the shelves of famous stores with its models produced in different colours.
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