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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4 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.

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