About Boots for Women

By Sharon L. Cohen

  • Overview

    About Boots for Women
    Most likely, no one will ever truly know the first kind of boots that women wore. Made out of natural materials, they would not have lasted too long. They were probably fabricated from fur or skin and wrapped bag-like around the feet to keep them warm and protected from the elements. There is a cave painting from about 8000 B.C. that shows this type of leather covering.
  • Ugg Boots

    The Australian ugg boots, which have become popular in the past couple of years, shed some light on what the earliest boots looked like. There is an ongoing debate about how the "ugg" name came about. Some people say that it stems back two centuries ago, when the European colonists traveled to Australia with their sheep. They used the wool for many reasons, including footwear. Some say that the name "ugg" came from "ug" or "ugh," because the Australians do not always pronounce the "h." Others say the name "ugg" was because the boots were so ugly. A third group argues that the name came from World War I, when the pilots wore boots with fleece lining called "fug" or "flying ugg" boots. Regardless, in 1978, an Australian surfer, Brian Smith, started selling them in the United States, and they have been a hit since.
  • History

    In the Middle Ages, women wore short booties made from animal hides, which nearly looked like socks. They were very similar to men's boots, without the pronounced toe area. This footwear was not very comfortable or practical. Several centuries later, during the Victorian Age, women's boots continued to be very flimsy. Nancy Rexford, who wrote "Women's Shoes in America," said men purposely designed the boots this way to remind women of their right place in society---at home as a wife and mother. Only when women started working after the Industrial Revolution were more sturdy boots made.

  • Types

    Women wear several different types of boots. The pull-on boots have no snaps, zippers or laces and are not very easy to put on. It is easiest to get these boots on by pushing the neck of the boot down and then putting your foot into the bottom of the boot, like you put on pantyhose. Zippered boots have a zipper, and lace-up boots are very simple to wear and can be the most decorative. Stretch boots are best for women who have wider calves.
  • Considerations

    The lengths of the boots also differ. Ankle boots are best with pants or long skirts. They are also best to wear indoors when it can be quite warm in the winter. Mid-calf length boots are the most common. They can be worn comfortably for longer periods of time and with both pants and dresses. Knee-length boots go well with skirts that are above or just to the knees. They help women look taller. .
  • Effects

    Thigh-high boots are not worn by women very often, because they are the least comfortable. You do see these frequently, however, in dance clubs with short skirts and shorts. Military or work boots are the most practical. They do not usually have the higher heels and are made to withstand muddy land. They are also made for standing or walking for several hours at a time. The type of boot that is the best for you depends on where you are going and what you are doing. Be careful of wearing too high of a thin heel, because it can eventually hurt your back. A wide heel that is high is better, as is a lower heel.
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