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William Lennon & Co

78TC Traditional Work Boot

The stalwart of our range, the 78TC Work Boot, with stitched toecap, is designed to be the toughest workhorse for the most rugged environments. We bring together the strongest of elements in the design to produce the best ‘all rounder’ in our traditional leather boot range.



The 78TC Traditional Work Boot will work hard in any given environment. Particularly excellent in situations where a rugged boot is required but without the need for a safety toecap.

This style is made to order. Please allow 20 working weeks for delivery.

As standard, the 78TC specification is:

Leather: Dark brown smooth

Collar: N/A, fabric pull loop

Tongue/Overlay: Half bellows tongue

Thread: Dark brown

Eyelets: Antique brass

Toe: Polycarbonate reinforced toe-box

Last: Army semi sprung

Shank/Counter: Wooden shank, polycarbonate counter for extra rigidity at the heel

Sole finish: Leather to resin throughsole with heavy duty Vibram one-piece sole

Laces: Brown leather

Additional information


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with Lining, without Lining

5 reviews for 78TC Traditional Work Boot

  1. iliassaprikis

    Got those boots a few days ago. They are well made and heavy. The stock colour “mahogany” is brown with reddish hue, much better in my eyes than the site photo. I ordered them with leather lining, and i started to break them in during Greek summer… So far everything OK. Even after 15 hours of continuous wear my feet are not complaining. I am very happy with this purchase.

    • williamlennon

      Hello Ilias,

      Thank you for your comments on your 78TC boots, we really appreciate the feedback from our customers.

      Kind regards

      Libs Slattery

  2. graemelamkin

    Had these boots around two years now. Took a little while to arrive, but worth the wait. The picture on the Lennon website does not really show the boot as it appears in real life, as it is not at all tan or shiny in appearance, but rather a matt/waxy dark brown- more like the leather used in saddlery or dog leads.
    The leather is obviously of a high quality, and after a little wetting and hand-‘working’ with some E 45 hand-cream was made wonderfully soft and ready for wear to work. Somewhat irritatingly, the William Lennon items I have purchased in the past all seem to be very multi-purpose, making other , more expensively footwear almost redundant.
    I wear these work boots for landscaping work around seven months of the year (I live in southern England and usually wear lighter desert boots in the height of summer), but they are extraordinarily comfortable in almost all weathers save for very hot. On Holiday in the highlands of Scotland, I had some Meindl walking boots, but found myself wearing the William Lennons most of the time as they were more versatile, and, with some good wax, almost completely water-proof, despite being unlined and without goretex.
    After two years there is no visible wear on either sole or uppers, and I imagine they will serve me for at least 6-7 years, making them far more economical then typical foreign-made work boots.
    If I had a gripe, it is only that the foot-bed is pretty hard- however this has been easily resolved with a pair of Meindl inner soles from my walking boots.

    The simple unlined construction is a huge advantage- making these boots breathable and completely free of odour even after the longest day at work!!!

  3. Mark

    These are handsome boots. Like others have said, the pictures on the website don’t really do them justice. I would say they are more of a chestnut brown. They are well made and quite heavy, but I don’t mind that.

    I suspect that they’ll outlast me.

  4. Mark

    I wanted to use my 78TC boots before reviewing them, so it felt like a good time to at last write one.

    I took delivery of my pair back in October 2021. The customer service before I placed the order was very helpful, Libs answered all the questions and concerns I had and helped chose the correct size of boot. I was advised to choose a size 8 for the best fit, which initially seemed odd because I usually take size 9. However, size 8 was absolutely right: the boots were a bit snug at first, but perfectly wearable from the get-go. There was no real break-in to speak of, it just took about a month for the sole to bed in and the leather to soften here and there. No blisters at all, which was a pleasant surprise indeed!

    The photograph on the website is a bit different to the leather I received. Mine are more of a chestnut brown colour. It looks even better now after some use and the occasional conditioning with dubbin, as the leather has an attractive tone and shine. Also, despite being thick and robust, the leather is really soft and comfortable, and certainly of high quality. It takes a lot to mark up these boots, but any scuffs or scrapes virtually disappear with a little care. Plus, if brown isn’t quite your style, a discussion with the team will find you a leather type that is just right.

    I’ve wore my 78TC’s through a really hot summer, icy conditions this winter and wet conditions in between. They’re utterly reliable, seem to be bombproof and easy to keep looking like new. For the price, I really doubt you could find anything better. I’d definitely recommend a pair of William Lennon boots!

  5. Matt

    Can’t believe how comfortable these are, I was expecting to have to spend ages breaking them in, but it only took a couple of decent walks and now they’re like slippers. They feel really well put together, and the leather looks a much finer finish than the one in the photo. On the remote chance I wear these out, I’d definitely buy again.

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