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Shoe style Boot
Style description

A boot covers the foot and extends above the ankle. It can have different fastenings such as lacing, buttons or zips.

Shoe description This boot was inspired by those worn by the band members of The Beatles. It is an elastic side boot with a distinct heel, 1960.
Style example 1 Women's leather button boot, 1860-75.
There are lots of different types of boots.
During the mid to late 19th century boots like the elastic side boot, the Balmoral and Adelaide were all the rage for men, women and children. Queen Victoria made them acceptable wear for women. The button boot was a classic style worn across the social classes. All button boots need a button hook to enable the buttons to pass through the eyelets. The hook was inserted through the eyelets and around the button. The button could then easily be pulled through to fasten the boot.
Style example 2 Men's leather Wellington boots, 1860-69
Today wellingtons are waterproof rubber boots. But a ‘Wellington’ was originally a new shape of leather boot – close fitting and trim-free – named after the military commander Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington. It was Wellington who led Allied armies to final victory over the French Emperor Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.
Style example 3 Men’s water buffalo leather (imitating Ostrich) cowboy boots. Nocoio Boot brand, Texas. 1965.
The American cowboy boot is another version of a boot. By 1865 after the end of the American Civil War more and more cattle were being moved out of Texas. A boot was developed to meet the needs of the cowboy. This boot had a slim toe to easily slip in to the stirrup and a low undercut heel to keep it in place. The thick and heavy leather protected the cowboy's feet and legs from rattlesnake bites and cacti thorns.