The ankle boot is a timeless classic, remaining a footwear favourite without a break since the 19th century. Mens 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.
CHANGE IN TASTE
Men’s footwear had been dominated by tall and embellished heeled boots until the 19th century. No footwear fell below the knee, from high-legged cavalier boots to Wellingtons and Hessians, nothing was ankle height. Footwear was an indication of status for the most part of the 17th century, thus worn primarily by the Noble. The taller and more elaborate 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.