A tale of rags to riches

Throughout history, footwear has been an indication of status, thus worn by the Noble. Up until the 19th century, men’s footwear had been dominated by tall and embellished heeled boots. From Wellingtons and Hessians to high-legged cavalier boots – no footwear fell below the knee. The taller and more elborate the boot – the higher your social status and wealth. Owing to this, lower cut boots were more often used by labourers and the lower-working class. It was only in 1817 that a low cut boot rose in popularity as a casual and sportswear shoe. This ankle boot was known as the Blucher, and stemmed from an 18th century labourer’s boot. Typically, the Blucher was a largely practical shoe, with a front lace up and reached ankle height.

HIGH-LOWS

The noble Knights took to the shorter styled boot before it became popular in society. Ankle boots offered the knights immense comfort and a good fit whilst horse back riding. And they proved most pratical for agility when fighting. By the 1860’s the ankle boot had overtaken the previously favouted, much taller counterpart, the Wellington, and so began the new fashion of the day. These basic low-cut boots became known as high-lows.

AN EVERYDAY AFFAIR

The ankle boot is a timeless classic, remaining a footwear favourite without a break since the 19th century. Low-cut ankle boots are versatile, and can therefore be dressed up or down and still evoke a sense of sophistication. It’s no wonder why this shoe style remains hugely popular and ever-trendy in modern fashion. From office formality to the leisurely casual vibes of a Friday night, your ankle boot can take you there!

Your new love

Legion’s adaptations of the effortlessly trendy, and wholesome styled ankle boot are now available in a multitude of colours, including black leather. If you’re looking to extend your work or casual wardrobe, this versatile ankle boot is a good fit for you. Legion’s ankle boots boast comfort, durability and a trendy look with it’s contrast stitching which adds interest to out neutral leathers.

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THE LOW-CUT, HIGH ACHIEVER

 

For a boot that can do it all, and have have you feeling good about it, see the Legion ankle boot. A low cut style with a high trend personality, boasting a tenacious spirit and versatile nature.

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