Boot is that hard to find foot ware that was used by motorcycle riders
in the first three decades of the Twentieth Century. This boot was
preferred by board trackers, commercial workers and motorcyclists of all
kinds. The Paddock Boot is
designed to work with our puttees (leather leg wraps) and is the perfect
boot for the frugal shopper. The boot conforms to the motorcycles and the
motorcyclists with both comfort and endurance. This boot is made with
French calf skin leather and is offered as a stock boot in either black or
When it comes to this Paddock Boot, it has one of the longest histories in American foot
ware. At the time of the French Revolution, large, fancy shoe buckles were
considered the mark of the Aristocrats. Wearing a buckle on your shoes
could get you a quick trip to the guillotine for just being an Aristocrat.
In this county, Thomas Jefferson was a strong supporter of the French
Revolution so, at his inauguration in 1801, he wore laced-up shoes. As you
can imagine, this set the fashion for foot ware in the United States at
that time. All laced shoes were soon called Jefferson Shoes.
By the time of the Civil War, the
Jefferson Shoe was still construed to mean laced shoes, but also you could
find the word “bootee” as a name for this foot ware. “Bootee” is a
diminutive of “boot” and signifies a short boot. This boot would also
go under the name of Brogan and is derived from the word brogue, an
English term for a rugged shoe that almost covered the ankle, as opposed
to a low shoe of that time.
This now leads us up to the turn of the
century when the motorcycle industry got under way. The motorcycle
industry pulled its riding clothing from the United States Cavalry. Our
Paddock Boot or brogan boot was
being used by the cavalry during the Spanish-American War. With the
puttees and the Paddock Boot
you now have a boot made by the same company that made the boots for the
board trackers and motorcyclists dating back to the 1870s.
Boots are not reproductions. They are a re-issue of an old style boot
that the factory still makes and has done so since the last half of the 19th
Century. You would not put the wrong style part on your Henderson
motorcycle. Why put anachronistic clothing on yourself?