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William Lennon & Co

B5 WWI Replica Boot

The ‘B series’ style boots were introduced from 1915 onwards by the Army during The Great War. Our replica B5 boot is produced using the original patterns from a surviving pair of originals & knives found in the factory archives. Fitted to the correct wooden 2181 square toe last.



Our B5 boots are the highest level replica of the originals. The soles can be fitted with alternatives to make the boot more ‘every-day’.

Made to order, please allow 20 working weeks for delivery.

As standard, the B5 specification is:

Leather: Dark brown ‘rough-out’ reverse tan – tanned in the UK

Collar: N/A

Tongue/overlay: Half bellows

Thread: Dark brown

Eyelets: Antique brass

Toe: Soft toe, no reinforcement

Last: 2181 original WW1 wooden last

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

Sole finish: Double leather sole fitted with round studs and metal horseshoe heels

Laces: Dark brown leather

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6 reviews for B5 WWI Replica Boot

  1. R Cooper

    Super boot, comfortable enough to wear away from living history. Hob nails skidded on marble floors, so have a 2nd pair with rubber soles.

  2. Karl

    took the rubberised sole option, by far and away the most magnificent boot I’ve had/worn! love them, treasure them! handle the rugged terrain down under superbly…. thanks WL for reproducing these B5 beauties!

  3. Charles Stupples

    I love my B5 boots and so happy I decided to purchase from William Lennon. From placing my order to completed boots the service is impeccable. please please don’t be tempted to go for the cheaper options on the net. I am now considering placing an order for a pair of smart casual boots as showed to me by Libs.
    Thank you all

  4. sebastian beddard (verified owner)

    I never usually write a review but felt that I just had to for these.
    Have been wearing them non stop for the last two days and must say they are probably the most comfortable boots I have worn and without an insole! The boots weigh more than your typical off the shelf hiking/ ankle boot but I imagine this is due to the robust construction and quality thick leather used. I can honestly see these lasting for years to come. The pictures on the website do not do these boots justice as they are simply superb in the way they look and how they have been put together. I’m in the process of ordering a pair of derby boots but now may end up getting another pair of these as well, not because I need two pairs of B5s but simply because it is an absolute bargain for what you get for the price.
    Hats off to the amazing cobblers at William Lennon and for Libs help in choosing the right size. I believe I won’t be buying another pair of boots/ shoes from anywhere else.

  5. Richard Murden

    These boots are amazing!
    They are tough but wonderfully comfortable, being thick leather they do require a bit of breaking in to be at their most comfortable, but its worth it. Most modern boots with foam and plastic get more uncomfortable over time and then fall apart, these just get better. I liked them so much i now have three pairs (i have bought 1 per year), and because you can customize them they are all different. My first pair i got with the hobnails just as standard, these were great fun but if you wear then just around on modern surfaces they can be quite slippery and noisy so be aware of this. But the beauty of a proper boot makers is you can have them resoled, so i had a full vibram sole and they are amazing as a day to day boot, they look even better on than in the pictures. I have a smooth outer brown pair i wear for best with a two piece rubber sole, and they look great! And a pair almost as standard but the the upper smooth out, these are great too.
    You will not regret buying these boots, i can 100% recommend them!

  6. Ross Mosher (verified owner)

    Without a doubt one of the best pair of boots i own, although the standard flat nails seem to be very soft and break easily. Not a hard fix with new nails. i am wearing these and my ammo boots as all season hikers and they work amazing.

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