The Husaren Boots
Named after the original Hungarian cavalry officer’s boot, made by legendary Austrian bottier, Ludwig Reiter, these Husaren boots are so formidable that pulling on a pair has the power to make one feel profoundly heroic. Just ask Brad Pitt who donned these to play Lieutenant Aldo Raines in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds.
Realised in a rare waxy calfskin from the Gustave Degermann tannery in Alsace, the leather is first semi-chrome and vegetal tanned before being enriched with oil – providing its unique water-resistance, perfect for wearing in damp weather or snow. The owner of the Ludwig Reiter firm has even worn his to navigate Venice’s flooded winter streets.
Yet the leather’s pliability and softness makes these one of the most comfortable boots we’ve ever owned. Furthermore, the bootlaces are cut from the same leather as the body of the boot and are sewn into the eyelets. These then wrap around the ankle twice before being secured by a buckle, a system that has it’s roots in the Prussian cavalry to allow officers to dismount, rapidly readjust their boots and march with secure footing.