Gumboots is another term used for the "Wellington Boot" or "Wellies" worn and popularised by Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. During the First World War production of the Wellington boot increased dramatically as the need for suitable footwear to cope with the perpetually muddy, battle-torn lands across Europe were essential. The War Office approached the North British Rubber Company to construct a suitable boot for difficult, flooded terrains in the trenches. They produced a total of 1,185,036 pairs to meet the British demands.
See also: Trench Waders.
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- Wellington Boot Wikipedia: The free encyclopaedia. Accessed 28 August, 2016.