Sir Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852) -- K Trade Fair
[dim_it:pic_desc]In 1817, Sir Arthur Wellesley (1769-1852), the first Duke of Wellington and a highly decorated and successful military leader who – among other things – fought against Napoleon, asked his shoemaker to solve the problem: the solution had to be a different boot! A boot that was supposed to be comfortable and, at the same time, cut so snugly that it could be worn underneath trousers without any difficulty. The London shoemaker came up with an impressive solution: the new boot was made from supple calfskin and fitted closely around men’s legs; it was not only hard-wearing and highly suitable for military combat but was also comfortable and smart enough for high-society men to use as evening wear and for formal occasions. In recognition of this convincing design, the new boots were called Wellington boots from now on, in honour of the man who commissioned them. (Source: wikipedia)[/dim_it:pic_desc]