Brogans, a sturdy pair of shoes, were made mostly in the “straight last” fashion – meaning that there was no ‘right’ or ‘left’ shoe in the pair. The fit came from wearing the shoes or ‘breaking them’ in. Wetting a pair would be a faster way to fit the shoe to someone’s foot. The soles of brogans were held on with wooden pegs. (see shoe on the right of the image)
Popular among Civil War Re-enactors, the shoes may be difficult to fit unless you had the opportunity to try them on. Still, nothing beats them for the look in the field.