A specific type of footwear know as a boot is not considered a shoe. All boots cover the foot and ankle, and most boots extend to near knee height and cover some part of the calf. Of coarse some boots extend up over the knee and provide protection up to the hip - hip waders. Hip boots, as these are commonly know, are considered waders in our
store and can be found in our wader category. Quite often the heel of a
boot is distinguishable from the rest of the boot sole. But not
always, some boots, especially work boots, feature a continuous sole
with no obvious heel. In years past, boots were traditionally made of
leather, however currently boots are made from a huge variety of
materials. Boots are
worn both for their functionality – protecting the foot and leg from
water, extreme cold, mud or hazards (e.g., chemicals) or providing
additional ankle support for strenuous activities (e.g., hiking boots) – and
for reasons of style and fashion.
In certain jurisdictions, laws or
regulations require boots as mandatory footwear. For example, the safety regulations which require
workers on construction sites to wear steel-toed safety boots. In addition to steel toes, certain conditions may require special soles and construction to help prevent electrical shock or certain materials that resist chemicals such as acids or caustics. Law enforcement and military have regulations that require boots be worn in certain environs and work situations. In such a case the boot is the footwear portion of a specifies uniform. Motorcyclist would be well advised to consider boots during that activity as well. Early boots consisted of a three part footwear which were worn together as a single boot. The early system consisted of leggings, soles and uppers. Some 3000 years back, around 1000 BC, the boot evolved into a single piece of footwear consisting of the previous parts but joined together. Boots designed for walking, Nancy Sinatra found a song in that, through snow, shallow water and
mud may be made of a single closely stitched design to prevent the entry of water,
snow, mud or dirt. These boots generally lack laces and the tongue design of other boots. Such boots may also be insulated for warmth. Boots that do not specify "waterproof" may be considered "water resistant," as
they are not usually fully waterproof.
Work boots have evolved into a huge array of specialty boots to mitigate numerous work place hazards. There are boots designed and made to protect steelworkers' feet and
calves if they get accidentally step in puddles of molten metal and to
with chemical resistant materials to protect workers from a variety of chemical exposure. Heavily insulated boots to protect workers feet from extreme cold. Most
work boots are "laceups" style boots and made from leather. The earlier hobnails
and heel- and toe-plates have bowed to the thick
rubber sole of today, and often with steel toecaps. Technology, new construction materials and advanced assembly techniques have equipped boot manufacturers to produce boots specialize for various sports, hiking, work, and other activities.
Boots have played an important role in history and therefore having given rise to a number of meaningful tales and sayings. For instance. many boots may have a loop or handle at the top. This handle is commonly known as a
bootstrap and is used as a tool to provide better
leverage in getting the boots on. And, thus the 19th century figurative use "to pull one's self
up by one's bootstraps" in the sense of "ability to perform a difficult
task without external help". Or another common one is to "die with one's boots on" meaning to die while one is still active or to go down fighting. And, everyone knows that to "give one the boot" means to kick one out or expel one, either literally or figuratively. But, did you know that to "put the boot in" is an idiom for inflicting violence on someone. Or, that "Knocking boots" is slang for having sex, regardless of whether either person is wearing boots. Well I did not. But I did know that when the boot is on the other foot now" means that a situation has become reversed—a previous victor is now losing, for example.