Boots 101 – Different Types of Boots – Part II

We’ve written a lot about shoes here at SuitUpp (such as our article on common shoe varieties) and we’ve even taken the liberty of talking about certain types of shoes in more detail (such as boat shoes). What we haven’t done is talk about boots and so that’ll be the focus of today’s article.

Boots are most commonly identified by the fact that they cover up one’s ankle and have a distinctive heel. The heel is sometimes made of different material than the rest of the boot but this does not necessarily have to be the case. Boots are typically made from leather or rubber but can be made of other materials as well. The boot itself was invented for functional reasons but has become popular foot wear for fashion purposes as well. High Top athletic shoes (think Converse) don’t qualify as boots – mainly because they lack the distinctive heel.

Not considered a boot - No heel

Not considered a boot - No heel

The most common use for boots is to protect a larger length of one’s pants against mud/snow/rain – although, the boot can also be used to provide additional support to one’s ankle. There are a number of different types of boots out there but below is a list of some of the common ones:


These are also called Wellington Boots, rubber-boots, wellies, topboots, barnboots, muckboots or rainboots – this type of boot was popularized by the first Duke of Wellington and was then copied by other British aristocracy in the 19th Century.


These are waist high boots that are usually worn during flood rescue operations, when going fishing, in some sewage operations, etc… i.e. not the sort of thing to wear day to day.

Work Boots

Dr. Martens might have been the most popular type of work boots – mainly known to be an alternative to dress shoes… also a better wear for fall/winter time.

Cowboy Boots

Shoes meant for riding – no laces and typically long heals with a pointed toe and long shaft. More typically worn in Southern portions of the US – i.e. Texas.

More boot types discussed in Part II… available next week!


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    December 14, 2010

    9:55 pm

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