Boots were the work shoes of the 19th century, from gardening to herding, and very common. (You have to remember, though, that the British use "boots" for sturdy shoes, so sometimes the written data is misleading.) I think the chance is pretty good. However, I've worn boots as an infantryman and they're not comfortable: heavy, hot, slide around on your feet and legs. I'll echo the words of the original who complained "Can they not make a decent pair of boots?"
Pine River Boys, Co I, 7th Wisconsin
"We're... Christians, what read the Bible and foller what it says about lovin' your enemies and carin' for them what despitefully use you -- that is, after you've downed 'em good and hard."
-Si Klegg and His Pard Shorty