Wednesday 27 November 2013

World War One Leather gaiters

A lot of people have been a little confused by the laced leather footwear The Doctor is wearing.

Some people seem to think they are calf boots, laced from the bridge of the foot to just below the knee.

Well, they are actually ankle boots with leather gaiters around the shins. These are World War One issue, and fit in perfectly with the Edwardian styling of The Doctor.

As we’ll seem they aren’t worn in the usual way - but then that’s The Doctor all over.

As ever, the best place to track down a set is eBay, where you can pick up a pair of genuine period gaiters for around £60 to £100.

The design you need have ideally six (though I have seen some with either five or seven) studs with leather loops that hook around them to fasten them together.

Here are some examples I’ve found on eBay recently.

This ones a really nice set, along with a perfect belt and a nice map bag which wouldn’t look out of place on the costume.

WW1 Leather Gaiters + Samual Browne Belt + MAP BAG British Army Officers

This set come with a nice set of wooden formers to keep the gaiters in good condition.
I did bid on these, but it went over my allotted budget, which was a shame.

WW1 British Army Offr’s Brown Leather Gaiters & Faulkner Wooden Trees

Finally here’s the set I bought myself.

WW1 Brown Leather Soldiers Gaiters


  1. I was looking at those on ebay...but they were out of my price range. I made my own in the end. Not a patch on the original but I learned a lot.


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