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Boots are a type of footwear that completely cover the foot and extend to a varying degree up the leg.

Types of Boots

  • Work boots - Tough working footwear that are usually made of leather, have a tough sole with a deep tread and often has a steel toe for extra protection.
  • Combat Boots - High-ankled work boots worn by soldiers.
  • Bovver boots - A type of combat boot with an air-cushioned sole, especially those made by Dr Martens, popular amongst skinheads, and other antisocial elements.[1]
  • Cowboy Boots - Traditional American footwear, usually fashioned out of cowhide leather, have pointed toes, and are slipped onto the foot.
  • Motorcycle Boots - Similar to work boots but often with steel plates.
  • Fashion Boots - A type of boot in vogue, generally expensive and designed with aesthetic value taking precedence over practicality.
  • Rubber boots - Also known as Wellington boots, these boots are waterproof and are most often made from rubber or a synthetic equivalent. They are usually worn when walking on wet or muddy ground, or to protect the wearer from heavy showers. In Britain and New Zealand, there is a light-hearted sport, known as wellie wanging, which involves throwing Wellington boots as far as possible. The boots, especially Black Rubber, are also popular items among many people.

Kipling's poem

Boots is also the title of a well-known poem by Rudyard Kipling. It begins:

We're foot—slog—slog—slog—sloggin' over Africa—
Foot—foot—foot—foot—sloggin' over Africa
(Boots—boots—boots—boots—movin' up an' down again!)
There's no discharge in the war![2]

Every stanza ends with the rhythmic, repetitive refrain "Boots—boots—boots—boots—movin' up an' down again!/There's no discharge in the war!" The tune was written by the Australian bass-baritone, Peter Dawson, and can be heard here:

Notes and references

  2. Boots, by Rudyard Kipling