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Cowboy boots custom made for President Harry S Truman.

A boot is a type of shoe that covers at least the foot and the ankle and sometimes extends up to the knee or even the hip. Most have a heel that is clearly distinguishable from the rest of the sole, even if the two are made of one piece. Traditionally made of leather or rubber, modern boots are made from a variety of materials. Look up boot in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Image File history File links Cowboy_boots. ... Image File history File links Cowboy_boots. ... Cowboy boots are boots worn by cowboys. ... For the victim of Mt. ... For other uses, see Shoe (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Foot (disambiguation). ... For a review of anatomical terms, see Anatomical position and Anatomical terms of location. ... For other uses, see Knee (disambiguation). ... Bones of the Hip In anatomy, the hip is the bony projection of the femur, known as the greater trochanter, and the overlying muscle and fat. ...


Hi-top athletic shoes are generally not considered boots, even though they do cover the ankle, primarily due to the absence of a distinct heel. ‹ The template below is being considered for deletion. ...

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Types and uses

A pair of "classic" black leather Doc Martens.
A pair of "classic" black leather Doc Martens.

Boots designed for protection from the elements may be made of a single closely-stitched design (using leather, rubber, canvas, or similar material) to prevent the entry of water, snow, mud or dirt through the gaps left between the laces and the tongue in other types of shoes. Simple waterproof gumboots are made in different lengths of uppers, and, in extreme cases, thigh-boots called waders, worn by anglers, end at the hip level of the wearer. Such boots may also be insulated for warmth. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... New Zealand term for a Wellington boot. ... Waders refers to a waterproof boot extending from the foot to the chest, traditionally made from vulcanised rubber, but available in more modern PVC, neoprene and Gore-Tex variants. ... Obama may refer to: People Barack Obama (born 1961), United States Senator from Illinois, 2008 U.S. presidential candidate Michelle Obama (born 1964), wife of U.S. Senator Barack Obama, and Vice President for Community and External Affairs for the University of Chicago Hospitals Ricardo Mangue Obama Nfubea (born 1961...


Other types of boots are sturdy in nature, meant for protection in wilderness or industrial settings. Speciality boots have been made to temporarily protect steelworkers if they get caught in pools of molten metal; to protect chemical workers from a wide variety of chemical exposure; and there are insulated, inflatable, boots designed for walking in the Antarctic continent. However, most work boots are "laceups" made from leather; formerly they were usually shod with hobnails and heel- and toe-plates, but now usually with a thick rubber sole, and often with steel toecaps. Work boots (like the popular Dr. Martens) were adopted by skinheads and punks as part of their typical dress and have migrated to more mainstream fashion, including women's wear. For other uses, see Hobnail (disambiguation). ... Dr. Martens is a brand of shoe, often known as Doc Martens, Docs, or DMs. They have a characteristic air-cushioned sole, dubbed Bouncing Soles, developed by Dr. Klaus Maertens (note the different spelling). ... Skinheads, named for their close-cropped or shaven heads, are a working-class subculture that originated in the United Kingdom in the late 1960s, and then spread to other parts of the world. ... Punk fashion is the styles of clothing, hairstyles, cosmetics, jewelry, and body modifications of the punk subculture. ...

A woman's boots

Specialty boots have been designed for many different types of sports, particularly riding, skiing and snowboarding, skating, and sporting in wet conditions. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 515 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (530 × 617 pixel, file size: 31 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) A womans knee high strappy boots, taken in Bristol File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 515 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (530 × 617 pixel, file size: 31 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) A womans knee high strappy boots, taken in Bristol File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version... A young rider at a horse show in Australia. ... Cross-country skiing (skating style) in Einsiedeln, Switzerland. ... Snowboarder in a half-pipe Snowboarder riding off cornice Snowboarding contributes greatly to the economies of ski resorts Snowboarding is a sport that involves descending a snow-covered slope on a snowboard that is attached to ones feet using a boot/binding interface. ... Look up skating in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Fashionable boots for women may have all the variations seen in other fashion footwear: tapered or spike heels, platform soles, pointed toes, zipper closures and the like. The popularity of boots as fashion footwear ebbs and flows. They were popular in the 1960s and 1970s, but diminished in popularity towards the end of the 20th century. Today, they are becoming popular, especially designs that have a long bootleg. For other uses, see Fashion (disambiguation). ... // Shoe Fashion Properties Toe Open toe Closed toe Toe Style Pointy toe Round toe Style Pumps Slingbacks d’Orsay (Like pump without middle) Slides (Mules if closed toe), Sandals Mary Janes Height Flat (0 – 0. ... For other uses, see Heel (disambiguation). ... Look up Sole in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Zipper slider brings together the two sides A zipper (British English: zip fastener or zip) is a popular device for temporarily joining two edges of fabric. ...


Boots have their own devotees among shoe fetishists and foot fetishists. Singer Nancy Sinatra was largely responsible for popularizing the fad of women wearing boots in the late 1960s. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Foot fetishism is a pronounced fetishistic sexual interest in human feet. ...


Boots in idiom

A pair of tall riding boots
A pair of tall riding boots
  • Boots, particularly those worn as protective footwear by workers (work boots) have a reputation for being as hard-wearing as their owners, hence the commonly used simile "tough as old boots".
  • A long established cliché of anglers, especially those who are inexperienced or angling in waters known to be poor for fish, is that of the "old boot", caught in place of the expected fish. This can be seen in many cartoons, parodies, etc., and is usually depicted dripping with weeds and with part of the sole detached, giving the impression of an open mouth.
  • Tall boots may have a tab, loop or handle at the top known as a bootstrap, allowing one to use fingers or a tool to provide better leverage in getting the boots on. A German legend about a boy lifting himself by his bootstraps into the air, allowing him to fly, has led to the word's metaphorical use in many different contexts, such as "to pull yourself up by your bootstraps." (See bootstrapping and booting.)
  • To "die with one's boots on" means to die from violence as opposed to from natural causes (to "die in bed"); hence Boot Hill as a popular name for Wild West cemeteries.
  • Boot camp a colloquial term for the initial training of new recruits enlisting in a military organization.
  • Stormtroopers, skinheads, and other agents of authority or political strongarm tactics are typically referred to by their detractors as "jackbooted thugs," a reference to the tall riding or military-style boot of the Nazi uniform. Authoritarian rule, either by hostile military forces, or by groups of armed intimidators, is imposed by "jackboot tactics."
  • To "give someone the boot" means to kick them out (of a job, a club, etc.), either literally or figuratively.
  • To "put the boot off" someone's chin.
  • "The boot is on the other foot now" means that a situation has become reversed -- a previous victor is now losing, for example.
  • "Boot" also became a command in early computing, to mean starting up the computer or putting a program into the memory. It is still used today. It arose as short for "pulling oneself up by one's bootstraps".
  • Wearing "seven-league boots" references a classic children's fairy tale and indicates that a person or company can cover great distances, figuratively or literally, in a single stride.

Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 560 pixelsFull resolution (1500 × 1050 pixels, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 560 pixelsFull resolution (1500 × 1050 pixels, file size: 1. ... A simile is a comparison of two unlike things, typically marked by use of like, as, than, or resembles. Common examples are Curley was flopping like a fish on a line(extract of Mice and Men) etc. ... A fisherman in central Chile A Long Island fisherman cleans his nets A fisherman (in recent years sometimes called a fisher to be non-gender specific), is a person who engages in the activity of fishing. ... Abandoned footwear, generally a lone boot or shoe, is frequently noted in ponds and along roadsides (particularly highways). ... For other uses, see Fish (disambiguation). ... Yellow starthistle, a thistle native to southern Europe and the Middle East that is an invasive weed in parts of North America. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... This article is about a musical instrument -- for the city, see the capitalized Mendoza. ... Look up bootstrapping in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... In computing, booting (booting up) is a bootstrapping process that starts operating systems when the user turns on a computer system. ... Boot Hill (or Boothill) is the name for any number of cemeteries, chiefly in the American West. ... Great Basin region, typical American West The Western United States has played a significant role in history and fiction. ... Boot Camp is a software assistant made available by Apple Inc. ... The Stormtroopers were special military troops which were formed in the last year of World War I as the German army developed new methods of attacking enemy trenches, called infiltration tactics. Men trained in these methods were known as in German as Sturmmann (literally storm man or assault man but... Skinheads, named for their close-cropped or shaven heads, are a working-class subculture that originated in the United Kingdom in the late 1960s, and then spread to other parts of the world. ... National Socialism redirects here. ... British English (BrE, BE, en-GB) is the broad term used to distinguish the forms of the English language used in the United Kingdom from forms used elsewhere in the Anglophone world. ... New Zealand English (NZE) is the English spoken in New Zealand. ... For other uses, see American English (disambiguation). ... Bootstrapping alludes to a German legend about a Baron Münchhausen, who was able to lift himself out of a swamp by pulling himself up by his bootstraps. ... Seven-league boots are a fictional element in the folklore of Europe. ... A fairy tale is a story, either told to children or as if told to children, concerning the adventures of mythical characters such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, giants, and others. ...

Types of boots

Boot hooks (left) and a bootjack (right) are sometimes required to put on or take off some types of boots
Boot hooks (left) and a bootjack (right) are sometimes required to put on or take off some types of boots

A type of boot can fit into more than one of these categories, and may therefore be mentioned more than once Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 584 pixelsFull resolution (1217 × 888 pixels, file size: 93 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 584 pixelsFull resolution (1217 × 888 pixels, file size: 93 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ...


Forms

Hip boots, or waders as they are colloquially called, are a type of boot initially designed to be worn by river fishermen. ... In some contexts, knee-high boots may have sexual overtones. ... Categories: Stub | Footwear | Fetish clothing ... Wedge boots or wedgies are boots with a sole in the form of a wedge so that one piece of material, normally rubber, serves as both the sole and the heel. ...

Styles

Vegetarian Chelsea boots The Chelsea boot is a tight fitting, heeled, ankle-high boot that piqued fashion consciousness in the early 1960s. ... Ad for Tony Lama featuring custom boots made for President Harry S. Truman. ... Nancy Sinatra wearing Go-Go boots on the cover of Boots: Nancy Sinatras All-Time Hits Go-Go boots were originally created in the 1960s with the intention that they should be worn while dancing. ... A mans high, tasseled boot introduced into England by Hessians in the 19th century. ... Mukluks or Kamik (singular: kamak) are a soft boot traditionally made of reindeer skin or sealskin and were originally worn by Arctic natives, including the Inuit and Yupik. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A pair of Wellington boots The Wellington boot, also known as a welly, a wellie, a gumboot or a rubber boot, is a type of boot based upon Hessian boots. ...

Sorts

The word moccasin was first introduced into English in 1612, from a Virginia Algonquian language, most likely Powhatan (makasin ‘shoe’), though similar words exist in Narragansett (mokussin), Micmac (m’kusun), and Ojibwa (makasin). ...

Sport boots

Football boots, like all footwear, come in various sizes and styles. ... Two pairs of hiking boots: one (left) old, patched with duct tape and showing serious wear; the other new. ... Motorcycle boots are a variety of boot most often associated with motorcyle riders, commonly referred to as bikers. ... Knee-high Engineer Boots Wesco crotch-high Engineer Boots Similar to harness boots, engineer boots are a type of motorcycle boot: footwear usually worn by motorcycle riders, commonly called bikers. ... Very similar to engineer boots, harness boots are a type of motorcycle boot usually worn by motorcycle riders, commonly called bikers. ... Similar to touring boots, racing boots are a variety of motorcycle boot designed specifically for riding a motorcycle on hard pavement (either the street or a race track) and are usually between 10 and 14 inches in height and made from a combination of leather, metal, plastic and/or man... Similar to racing boots, touring boots are a variety of motorcycle boot designed specifically for riding a motorcycle on hard pavement, but with less armored protection than racing boots since they are intended for riders that typically ride on city streets and highways, not race tracks. ... Motocross boots are a variety of motorcycle boot designed specifically for off-road, motocross (MX) or all-terrain vehicle riding. ... Motorcycle cop boots are a variety of motorcycle boot designed specifically to be worn by motorcycle cops. ... Mountaineering boots are a type of footwear for the extreme sport of mountain climbing, wherein the feet need special protection from the cold and support for the tedious task of clinging on rough or snow-filled terrain. ... Riding boots are boots made to be used for horseback riding. ... Ad for Tony Lama featuring custom boots made for President Harry S. Truman. ... Vegetarian Chelsea boots The Chelsea boot is a tight fitting, heeled, ankle-high boot that piqued fashion consciousness in the early 1960s. ... Ski boots are specialized footwear that are used in skiing to provide a way to attach the skier to skis using ski bindings. ... Ice skates are boots with blades attached to the bottom, used to propel oneself across a sheet of ice. ... Figure skating is an ice skating sporting event where individuals, mixed couples, or groups perform spins, jumps, and other moves on the ice, often to music. ... The roller skate is a type of skate with wheels to be used on solid ground (as opposed to the ice skate which is to be used on ice. ... The roller skate is a type of skate with wheels to be used on solid ground (as opposed to the ice skate which is to be used on ice. ... Waders refers to a waterproof boot extending from the foot to the chest, traditionally made from vulcanised rubber, but available in more modern PVC, neoprene and Gore-Tex variants. ...

Work boots

Australian work boots (or generically elastic-sided boots) are a unique style of work shoe, typically constructed with a leather upper bound together with elastic sides and pull tabs on the front and back of the boot. ... These paratrooper boots have rubber lug outsoles and side zips. ... Hobnail may refer to: a short nail with a thick head: used to increase the durability of boot soles. ... Jump boots (also known as paratrooper boots) are a type of combat boot typically associated with soldiers (called paratroopers) assigned to parachute units. ... Tanker boots have a unique wrap-around strap closure. ... Jungle boots are a type of combat boot that is designed for use in jungle warfare or hot, wet and humid environments where a standard leather combat boot would be uncomfortable or unsuitable to wear due to these conditions. ... Cold weather boot - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins/monobook/IE50Fixes. ... A jackboot is a type of combat boot that reaches mid-calf, has no laces, and typically has a leather sole with hobnails and heel irons. ... Ad for Tony Lama featuring custom boots made for President Harry S. Truman. ... New Zealand term for a Wellington boot. ... Hip boots, or waders as they are colloquially called, are a type of boot initially designed to be worn by river fishermen. ... A pair of Wellington boots The Wellington boot, also known as a welly, a wellie, a gumboot or a rubber boot, is a type of boot based upon Hessian boots. ... Heavy type galoshes Galoshes are a type of rubber boot that one slips over shoes to keep shoes from getting muddy or wet. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A pair of well-worn steel-toe boots. ...

Brands

Dr. Martens is a brand of shoe, often known as Doc Martens, Docs, or DMs. They have a characteristic air-cushioned sole, dubbed Bouncing Soles, developed by Dr. Klaus Maertens (note the different spelling). ... Ugg boots, also spelled ugh boots and ug boots, are a style of sheepskin boot, that should be worn with socks wool as the inner lining and a tanned outer surface. ... Founded in 1962, Sorel designs, sources, markets and distributes cold weather footwear for recreational and casual use. ... Tony Lama is a U.S.-based corporation that designs and sell western-style boots. ...

Boot accessories

Spats are a type of shoe accessory worn in the late 19th and early 20th Century. ... A Boot Jack, sometimes known as a Boot Device, is a small tool which aids in the removal of boots. ...

See also

This article or section contains information that has not been verified and thus might not be reliable. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Kinky boots are boots which are intended for or by some people are connected to some kind of shoe fetishism and thus a form of fetish clothing. ... Can be spelled either boot cut or bootcut, this is a style of trouser that tapers to the knee and flares out to accommodate a boot. ...

External links

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