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    Over-the-knee Boot

    Over-the-knee boots cover the entire foot, calf and knee of the wearer. After firearms were invented in the 15th century men stopped wearing suits of armor and needed to find a new way to protect their legs when horseback riding. Over-the-knee boots were invented which were made of leather and therefore much lighter but still good protecting the wearer. Over-the-knee boots stayed popular for men from the 15th to the 19th century. In the 1960s, they were re-introduced to the fashion world by Cristobal Balenciaga as a women’s boot. He started to make over-the-knee boots part of his fashion shows and soon those boots were designed by many different designers in different colors, materials and designs. The fact that skirts were getting shorter in the 1960s also helped over-the-knee boots to gain popularity.

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