Boot is a kind of footwear, which mainly covers the ankle and the foot and extends up the leg. Sometimes these shoes even extend up to knee or even the hip. The heel of these shoes is clearly identifiable from the rest of the sole. Generally made up of rubber or leather, mens boots are even made from other materials.
Mens boots are basically worn for their functionality. They protect the feet and the legs from snow, water, mud or any kind of hazards. They also provide additional ankle support at times of strenuous activities. These few things are the basic functionality of boots. With the passage of time and the world becoming a fashion conscious place, the boots are nowadays worn for fashion and style.
Some of the popular styles of boots for men that are available in the market include military boots, ankle, wellie boots, cowboy, desert boots, designer, brogue, biker, western, classic, formal boots and hi top boots. However, the hi-top athletic shoes do not have a distinct heel and are thus usually doing not get the recognition of boots, even though they cover the ankle.
Mens boots designed only for walking through the elements are usually made of single closely stitched design to stop the entry of snow, water, dirt or mud through the gaps in between the tongue and laces. Waterproof boots are usually made in different lengths of uppers. In some cases, the boots even extend to the hip. These may be insulated for warmth. There are a number of mens boots available in the market that is waterproof.
There are even some special kinds of boots that are made to protect the steelworkers when they get caught in the pools of the molten metals. These boots in fact even provide protection to the workers from different kinds of chemical exposure. The work boots are generally lace up boots and are made from high quality leather. These boots come up with a thick rubber sole and have steel toecaps. This kind of boot was actually adopted by the punks and skinheads as part of their particular dressing style. These special kinds of boots have been designed for different kinds of sports such as snowboarding, riding, skiing, and sporting in the wet conditions and ice skating.
Mens boots are generally worn with socks in order to prevent the occurrence of blisters and chafes, to improve the grip of the foot inside the boot and to absorb the sweat. However, socks have become popular in the recent times. Before socks came into the market, men used to wear foot wraps instead of socks and then wear the boots.