Boots

Boots were worn primarily for riding in this period. The leg of the boot began to straighten in the 1660’s, with the whole boot being made of stronger leather with a high wax finish. The top was no longer flopped down but was worn at thigh length. The toes were fairly wide and square. During the reign of George I in England, the domed toe replaced the square one.

Softer leg boots appeared on the continent. They were made of suede leather, reached the thigh, and were usually fastened with lacings up the centre front or buttoned down the side.

Women were seen to wear boots, but only for horseback riding.

A new style for riding emerged in this period. The Gambado, a rigid waterproof casing, could be worn over standard riding boots to protect the expensive leather.