Some basics for bootmen
|Specialty Boots is a term that can mean "Boot
Miscellaneous". These types of boots include: Platform Boots popular in
the Disco Era of the 70s; boots worn in the movies like Han Solo's Boots
in Star Wars; boots made to keep feet extra warm, like mukluks and Uggs;
and even boot moccasins. If it could be made to fit the foot and there
was a market for it, it probably has been made and worn somewhere.
||Platform boots are boots with thick wedge soles
or a combination of thick soles and high heels that are similar in some
respects to the platform shoe. They were seen as the cutting edge of
fashion in the United Kingdom during the 1970s and were worn by both men
and women. Since the 1970s ended, the platform boot declined in popularity.
|BOOTS USED IN MOVIES|
||Tall stovepipe boots, often made of patent leather
and with a round toe, showed up on the feet of many favorite movie actors over
the years. Many were attracted to the good looks of shiny, tall black boots.
It is impossible to describe all the different types of boots that have been
worn in movies. The style shown here is but one of many -- that worn by
Han Solo in the movie Star Wars.
|AUSTRALIAN BUSH BOOTS|
||In Australia, a very common boot worn by many men is made
by the RM Williams Company, Blundstone and Bush Tracker. There are several
varieties, called Bushman, Gardener, Stockyard, and
Yard Boots. What they have in common is elastic sides which make them
fit comfortably from the moment you put them on. They have pull loops on the
front and back of the top of the shaft. They are not very tall -- about 5"
(or 13cm) with a tread sole.
||They are what their name implies: boots that resist the
puncture of a snake's fangs. These boots are worn not only by snake hunters,
but also by men who need solid protection of their legs while walking in thorny
bush or in areas where limbs, rocks, or other things may cause injury. These
boots are about 16" to 18" tall and are usually two-tone. They have a tread sole,
leather foot, and cordura nylon shafts.
|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. The term mukluk
is often used to describe any soft boot designed for cold weather. Modern
designs are often similar to high-top athletic shoes. The word mukluk
is of Yupik origin, from maklak, the Bearded Seal, while
kamik is an Inuit word.
Mukluks are lightweight and allow hunters to move very quietly.
They may be adorned with pompons and beads and may be lined with furs
such as rabbit.
Modern mukluks based on the traditional design have become a fashion
item in the United States and Europe.
Another kind of mukluk is knitted with a soft leather sole. These are
worn primarily by ballet dancers in place of leg/foot warmers.
|The word moccasin comes from an Algonquian (First Nations
or Native American) word. It also has different spellings depending on the
original language. Both "moccasin" and "mocassin" are in common usage.
What makes a "boot moccasin" is sewing knee-length leggings to moccasins
for a one-piece look. Some boot moccasins use hardened rawhide for the sole
for added durability.
Boot moccasins are made of a variety of natural materials, including
leather and suede on the feet and leggings (or shafts), and sometimes animal
fur on the lining.
|The Ugg boot is footwear constructed of sheepskin, with
the wool as the inner lining and an untanned outer surface. Ugg boots
often have a synthetic sole, but not always. They evolved in Australia
as a type of slipper for cold weather use and are also known as ugh boots
and ug boots.
In Australia, sheepskin boots have long been popular with people in
rural occupations. Natural properties of the sheepskin leather used in
the vast majority of sheepskin boots keep feet comfortable, but allow moisture
to evaporate. Thick fleecy fibers on the inner part of the boots allow
air to circulate during summer so feet do not become excessively warm.
The natural thermal properties of sheepskin ensure warmth in colder climates.
Ugg boots saw a huge increase in popularity in 2003 due to better and
more aggressive marketing.
In the U.S., ugg boots are commonly worn with jeans. One of the more
popular ways to wear them is to wear the boot over the bottom of the pant
leg, although you can also see people wear the boots with the bottom of
the pant leg fitting over the boot.
Content from Wikipedia, various internet sources, and Booted Harleydude.
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