Shearer's boots (pair), mens, leather / suede, designed and made by Enoch Taylor & Co Pty Ltd, Windsor, New South Wales, Australia, 1950s-1960s
Shearer's boots are stereotypically Australian and conjure up images from famous paintings such as Tom Robert's "Shearing the Rams". Shearer's boots are distinguished by a leather flap at the front to prevent wool clippings getting inside the boot and grease-resistant, non-slip soles.
These particular boots belong to a larger collection of shoes and printed and handwritten material from the Enoch Taylor & Co shoe archive. Enoch Taylor & Co was a shoe and boot manufacturing and distribution company founded in 1851 by Enoch Taylor in Port Phillip, Melbourne and from 1926 - 2004, the company was continuously managed by the Lee family. Today, the company continues to operate but under different management with all of its production taking place off-shore in Suva, Fiji.
Enoch Taylor & Co is best known for their "no squeeze fit" and specialty production of heavy duty footwear, including the 'T Boot'. The production of shearer's boots, such as these, ended in the late 1960s when the company's focus shifted into producing exclusively industrial footwear.
Assistant Curator Design, History and Society
Personal communication with Alastair Lee, 11th August 2009
These shearer's boots were designed and made by Enoch Taylor & Co in Windsor, New South Wales during the 1950s-1960s. This shoe is made from vulcanized rubber and was made using an injection mould.
This particular style of shearer's boots was produced during the 1950s and 1960s, but no later than this. Within the company, they were known as the C1913 shearer's boots. The suede sole was perfect for walking on wool and lanolin.