English Riding Boot

turn of the 18th century

Bata Shoe Museum Toronto

Bata Shoe Museum Toronto

As the 17th century wore on, the type of heels worn by men expressed two distinctly different forms of masculinity. Leather-covered heels suggested refinement, while stacked leather ones connoted action and were commonly found on men’s riding boots. This thigh boot denatures a high stacked leather heel and was clearly designed to be worn in harsh riding conditions. The use of hard, thick, jack leather provided a great deal of protection while the stacked leather heel would have been of use to the rider keeping his foot in the stirrup. Collection of Bata Shoe Museum.

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  • Title: English Riding Boot
  • Date Created: turn of the 18th century
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 27 cm Width: 11 cm Height: 66 cm.
  • Photographer: Ron Wood
  • Rights: Copyright © 2017 Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada
  • External Link: http://www.batashoemuseum.ca/
  • Medium: Leather, wood, steel, linen
  • Bbibliographic references: Semmelhack, Elizabeth. Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels. Toronto: Bata Shoe Museum Foundation, 2015