Everything You Didn’t Know You Wanted to Know About Boots: Platforms, Wedges, and Thigh Highs
If you’ve been to the mall lately, you’ve noticed that nearly every store is featuring some sort of boot. What’s up with that? Well, boots are back in style! Growing in popularity as a fashion trend rather than as a shoe to wear out of practical necessity, the boot now boasts a place on the runways for 2010.
Make Way for the Boot: Booting Out the Competition
Women’s boots originated as a more gender-neutral shoe that was worn primarily to protect the foot. The Egyptians, Etruscans, and Romans all wore boot-like sandals to shield their feet during war; the Etruscans also wore boots as protection from the harsher elements of nature.
In the 18th century, boots were popularized for both men and women as appropriate horseback-riding attire. The style caught on and evolved into what we now know as the cowboy boot, which is still a popular style both in the West and in Western-themed bars. Today, many different styles of boots grace the streets, including the distinctive trends of platform boots, wedge boots, and thigh-high boots.