This footwear has a relatively low heel, when used by women and they are now also made in a trainer style version for more casual wear. The reason this style has become so popular is that they are essentially a very simple design, but with embellishments such as serrations at the end of the toe cap and, of course, the design of the holes on the toe cap they are also decorated with fancy stitching. The soles are often very heavy and chunky and they can be uncomfortable when first worn.
They come in a variety of materials such as leather, suede and now also canvas for a more casual style to be worn with jeans. The more formal varieties, when they are in black, can be worn with suits and they will not look out of place in the board room. This type of footwear is an essential part of the modern man’s wardrobe as there are styles in many variations to suit the clothes that are being worn for the day. They are made of heavier leather than any other dress shoes.
These shoes also called spectator shoes became very popular in the 1920s. Then they were often made with two contrasting colours, for instance black and white and sometimes they were worn with spats. Spats are a type of footwear accessory, which were worn over the shoe to protect the ankles. Nowadays in industry these protectors are still worn to safeguard against accidents. They are especially worn by welders in factories.
In the twenties spats were worn to accentuate wealth and they were also worn by eccentric men to stand out in the crowd. Nowadays this type of ankle guard is still used with military uniforms in the British army and by some Scottish regiments. When used in this context, they are mainly white in colour.