Originally Posted by haganah
I wouldn't have thought you'd do pegging...
The full wellington predates the American Frontier...they were made popular by Arthur Wellsley, the Duke of Wellington, in the wake of his victories over Napoleon Bonaparte. During the early to late 1800's they were the
man's boot in both Europe and in the US. And they were really the first cowboy boots, as well...coming west with military officers after the American Civil War...and a staple for the boot Trade until the early 1900's (Hyer Boot company was still offering them as late as 1930, if I recall correctly).
During and after the Late Unpleasantness, the US Quartermaster Corp actually did extensive experiments to determine the best method of construction for military issue and one of the methods they looked at was pegs. When the Army moved west civilian makers took up the slack...making bespoke boots for active and retired soldiers as well as itinerant "cowboys" (often retrired or mustered-out cavalry men). And most rtw boots of that era, many made in San Fransisco, were full pegged.
Western (cowboy) boots, as we know them today, still retain pegging through the waist and heel as the Traditional
method of attaching the outsole to the boot...although the forepart is stitched. I've spent near onto 40 years pegging boots.